SUP Safety & Rescue Skills

In my lessons I will remind you on some of the important factors to keeping safe. If you book the Paddle Package of 5 lessons I will make ensure that by the end of the lessons you have the knowledge and experience to keep safe on the river. I still recommend that you book in for a half day course and you at least paddle in pairs! 

The course will be bespoke to the Stand Up paddle boarders  – aimed at providing information and advice on personal equipment, risk assessment, accident avoidance, preparation and delivery of sensible safe solutions to some of the problems you could encounter on the river whilst enjoying your SUP.

This half day course will also cover expedition/ trip preparation – emergency procedure protocols, planning, group control and preparation and then move on to scenarios that we may encounter;  drunks, dogs in the river, kids or adults in trouble and other water users. How to  help other paddlers to safety, as well as  practical towing situations &  board righting. A whole day of guidance and practice to keep you safe, invaluable with the changes of the weather conditions and flows!

Jane and Ian have a background is marathon racing, sea kayaking, sailing, swimming, cycling, mountain trekking and paddle boarding which has – as time has allowed – evolved into providing support, encouragement and coaching to anyone of any age who wants to “have a go” at a new outdoor activity at what ever level they aspire to. They provide coaching for British Canoe and can provide the full FYST is required. 

Please email if you want to go on the waiting list for the next- SUP Safety & Rescue Skills

SUP Safety & Rescue Skills

A few safety tips for beginners

-Ideally never paddle alone.

-Let someone know where you are paddling and how long for &or use RYA SafeTrax

-Wear a buoyancy aid that is fitted correctly.

-No leash no paddle.

-Keep hydrated & with  phone, and a change of clothes in the cooler months.

When weather is perfect, paddling is easy but it can change within 12-24 hours so always check flows if it has been raining here or further upstream. This increase in flows can catch less experienced river folk out, use the website below, and do not paddle on increasing yellow or red boards. 

Environmental Agency  

Check river conditions through this site.    http://riverconditions.environment-agency.gov.uk.

For predicted weather &  winds speeds 

https://www.yr.no/place/United_Kingdom/England/Maidenhead/

British Canoe  Make sure your board is licensed for the water ways in the UK and has 3rd party insurance. You get all that through British Canoe £45 a year!   https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/membership/join-us-online-here

SafeTrax is connected to RYA and is an apt you can download and it’s a great idea to use this apt when paddling so if you ever find you need help or someone else does, you can be connected to the rescue services at a press of a button and it can also tell others if you have not returned. You can fill in your details of your paddle and it can track you. RYA SafeTrx free app