SUP Safety & Rescue skills

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. 

Next dates for SUP Safety & Rescue Skills

We just held our autumn course so please email to get on the waiting list for next years.

Please remember don’t forget

  • Ideally never paddle alone, no less than 3 is best
  • Let someone know where you are paddling and how long for.
  • Wear a BA   (buoyancy aid ) that is fitted correctly.
  • No leash no paddle.
  • Make sure you keep hydrated and you have a phone.

When weather is perfect, paddling is easy but as soon as the rains fall the flow of the river can change within 24 hours so always check flows as rain from Oxford flows downstream to us without you knowing the flows will increase and can make it much harder and in some cases paddling is not recommended. Environmental Agency

For predicted weather , winds speeds &  directions check on

British Canoe  make sure your board is licensed and has 3rd party insurance.