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"Fantastic course aimed at the level of the group. Selection of river grades suitable for each day as the skills of the group improved. Equipment provided perfect for the level of course. I felt like I improved as a paddler and over the course of the week and gained a confidence in running harder graded water."

"Good structure, very positive, progressive, variety, insight to what coming (rapid sets). Confidence boosting.  Great river variety, sufficient support and challenge."

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Intermediate White Water Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

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Cumbria has some of the best white water rivers in the UK. Come and improve your paddling on some great rivers.

Who should do this course?

If you already paddle white water in a kayak or canoe and move a paddleboard well on flat water this is the step for you.

If you can paddleboard at a good standard and have played on white water a few times.

If you have completed our introduction to white water SUP course and have developed to the next stage.

White Water Paddleboarding in Lake District

Course content 

We will tackle harder rivers with an expectation to:

  • Surf waves
  • Drive across eddy lines
  • Use different river features to manoeuvre on the river
  • Tackle some ledge drops
  • Try a more responsive high performance board

On this course we will challenge you to develop your control and become an awesome paddler.

White Water SUP Cumbria


You will need:

  • All the equipment to spend full days on the river.
  • Paddleboard and paddle.
  • White water appropriate buoyancy aid.
  • White water helmet with plenty of side protection.
  • Sturdy footwear that protects the sole of your feet and your ankles from impact on the river bed or sharp rocks.
  • Knee, shin and elbow pads are also used sometimes.
  • Drybag to carry your lunch in.

We have a range of paddleboards, paddles buoyancy aids, drybags and helmets that can be borrowed, if requested in advance.

You will also need clothing to stay warm. Drysuits are often the best option for these days. Alternatively good quality steamer wetsuits work well and provide a bit of impact protection. Drysuits are available to hire (£30 for 2 days).

Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course Fee: £200

If required, we can provide you with a white water paddleboard and paddle. Drysuits are available to hire.


White Water Paddleboarding in Lake District
White Water Paddleboarding in Lake District

Additional Info

Wild River recommends that all customers take out personal insurance for the activity.

We can tailor a course to your specific needs.

If you cannot find the course you want or the date you need then please contact us and we will try to meet your needs.

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