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Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

With the perfect combination of lakes and rivers, Cumbria has some of the finest paddling in the country. We can introduce you to the joys of SUP paddling in a variety of venues. A two day introductory course would include all you need to get you started along with the opportunity to paddle in some of the most beautiful places in the country.

The Lake District is our favourite place to paddle. However the best paddling is often when it rains the most. The budding white water paddler relishes the rain as it brings the water levels in the rivers to a better height.  There is no bad weather, just bad clothing.

With this in mind we will provide you with a drysuit for the duration of the course. This means that you will stay fairly dry, even if you feel like having a bit of a swim. Feel free to try stuff without that cold wet consequence. Of course, if shorts and tee shirts are the way forward, that is ok too.

Course content

The first day will be spent on a sheltered part of Ullswater to work on personal skill such as:

  • Board set up and use of leashes.
  • Balance and managing the wobbly times with good paddling techniques.
  • Manoeuvring the board with tight or gentle turns.
  • Maintaining direction when wind or current is pushing the board around.
  • Simple rescue techniques for yourself and others.
  • Trip planning and carrying equipment.

 At the end of the first day the coach we will plan a journey together which could be:

  • A downwind journey on Ullswater or Derwent Water.
  • A trip down the river Eden running very simple rapids as we cruise through the beautiful valley.

Please note precise plans are rare in the outdoors. All plans are subject to change with different weather and water levels.

During this day we would encourage you to use the skills developed from the previous day in a more challenging environment.

SUP Cumbria


We will provide you with all the technical equipment you need from our extensive range of high quality kit. This will include:

  • Use of our range of paddleboards.
  • A drysuit.
  • SUP paddle appropriate for you.
  • Top quality white water buoyancy aid.
  • A white water helmet.
  • A small dry bag to put your valuables in.
  • Spare clothing can be carried on the trip in one of our larger dry bags.

We will bring a range of other equipment options so that you can start to gather information about equipment you might purchase at a later date.

If you already have the above equipment please bring it along. If you have a wetsuit you are happy with, feel free to use it. Wetsuits keep you warm and provide a bit more protection against bumps.

We would like you to bring:

  • Clothing to wear under a drysuit, including a couple of thermal layers and some warm socks.
  • Sturdy footwear, such as trainers or substantial wet boots, but not walking boots. Note that thick socks and drysuit feet take up more room so make sure the footwear allows for this.
  • Lunch and hot drink

If you don't have any of the above equipment please contact us as we can probably provide it, if given appropriate notice.


There are a range of river and lake options that could be used to tailor this course to meet your individual needs. The course can be based on the northern, central or southern lakes using Ullswater, Derwent Water, Windermere or Coniston. We will agree the exact venue closer to the time, taking into account your travel or accommodation needs and the prevailing weather conditions at the time.

Course Dates

9,10 May 2020
11,12 July 2020

Course Fee: £220

Course fee includes use of all the technical equipment you need from our extensive range of high quality kit.


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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