Paddleboarding - the basics

Did you know?

Every hour enough plastic to fill two bin bags is washed into our oceans from canals and rivers.

Have a go at stand up paddleboarding (or SUP as it's sometimes called), a fun new sport that combines adventure and exercise in the great outdoors.

Paddleboarding with Maizu Sup, Daventry Paddleboarding with Maizu Sup, Daventry

How can I try paddleboarding?

The easiest and cheapest way to try stand up paddle boarding is to do a taster session at your local club. Typically a taster session will take between one to two hours and most people will be able to stand up by the end of their first session. Sessions will tend to include water safety, how to stand up, basic paddling and self rescue techniques.

What do I need to take with me?

If you go with a local club, they will arrange your buoyancy aid. Remember to bring the following:

  • Spare pair of dry clothes
  • Sun cream for sunny days
  • Drinking water
  • Towel
  • Waterproofs for rainy days
  • Thermals and wetsuit / dry suit for cold weather

Do I have to be fit to try paddleboarding?

The beauty of stand up paddleboarding is anyone of any age or fitness can give it a go. The hardest part is learning how to stand up, but once you've mastered the technique, you can very much take it at your own pace.

What are the benefits of paddleboarding?

Stand up paddleboarding is good for your body and soul – a relaxing sport that develops your overall fitness and allows you to mindfully enjoy your surroundings. This low impact sport can help you to strengthen your core while exercising your whole body, all in the calm environment of the water which we know can help to clear your mind and reduce stress.

Do I need a licence?

Yes, you do need a licence to use a paddleboard on a canal. If you try stand up paddle boarding with a club, they will arrange the licence for you. If you want to go on your own, have a look at our short term licences – our 30 day licence can be used on 30 different days throughout the year.

Last date edited: 31 July 2019