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SUP Sheltered Water Award

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This award is designed to develop your understanding of how to plan and paddle a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) in sheltered water, using the appropriate abilities and decision making skills to travel safely on your pre-determined route.

SUP Award

Your SUP Sheltered Water Award will give you the ability to organise and carry out an enjoyable and safe trip on the water up to 200 metres from shore, up to force 3 in winds. You will be confident in considering how far you can safely travel from the shore, whilst identifying safe exit points, expanding your knowledge of rescue techniques and looking at the external and environmental factors which may affect our journey. You will create proficient skills to anticipate and adapt to problems we may encounter to enable us to have a safe and enjoyable day out stand up paddleboarding.

Course Content

  • Location and weather conditions
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Safety and rescue
  • Body, paddle and foot positioning
  • Forward paddling and manoeuvring
  • Working as a group

Stand Up Paddleboarding Lakes

Each day we spend SUP paddling we further expand our skills and knowledge. In SUP steady, gradual development is encouraged creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two experiences ever the same, we never stop learning.


During your course you will spend time on some of the idyllic Cumbria lakes. Likely open water venues include Derwentwater, Ullswater, Windermere.

Sheltered Water SUP


The NEW Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.

These awards allow paddlers to improve their skills, working towards the award of their choice, developing their decision making and fundamental skills.

From January 2019, the Personal Performance Awards will no longer be directly linked to the Coaching or Leadership awards. 

The changes do not affect current Star Award holders. Any Star Awards taken with British Canoeing will remain recognised.

Course Dates

1 Day Courses:
27 June 2024
9 July 2024
Course fee: £110

2 Day Courses:
4,5 September 2024
Course fee: £210

Course fee includes the use of our paddleboards and paddles.


Direct entry.
No age restrictions.


British Canoeing SUP Sheltered Water Performance SyllabusSUP Sheltered Water Award Course Documents

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