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SUP White Water Award

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This award is designed to introduce and progress your ability for an enjoyable and safe day out on white water on a stand up paddleboard (SUP).

White water SUP Cumbria

Your Stand Up Paddleboard White Water Award will give you the ability to apply your choices to a successful day on rivers of up to grade 2 and support you in the understanding and use of the fundamentals in SUP white water paddling. You should be confident when looking at the factors which affect our decisions on where and when to go out and create a proficient use of skills and equipment to be in control throughout our day on the river. You will expand your knowledge of dealing with mishaps; our own or those of others, so you are a competent member of the team.


  • Location and river conditions
  • Equipment and clothing
  • Safety and rescue
  • Manoeuvring - crossing flow, maintaining direction, changing direction, running the river


Possible venues we use for this course include:

  • River Lune near Sedbergh
  • River Eden north of Penrith
  • River Derwent near Keswick
  • River Leven south of Windermere

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.

Continually evaluating the choices we make creates a natural evolution of decision making ability and skills. When we reach a certain point, it may be worth considering moving onto the SUP Paddle Surf Award.

White water paddleboarding in Cumbria

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

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £210 (includes the use of our fleet of paddleboards and paddles).


Direct entry.
No age restrictions.


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