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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."

"Good delivery and speed. Pre-course info was perfect – knew exactly what, where and when. Technically there was a lot of useful info personal paddling wise."



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Introduction to White Water Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

Cumbria has some of the best white water rivers in the UK. It is the perfect place to start your white water sup paddling obsession.

If you love stand up paddling on canals and lakes our introduction to white water will add a new amazing environment for you to enjoy.

Be ready to be amazed at the stability of our white water boards as you cruise down the white water rapids on the rivers of Cumbria.

You could enjoy the beauty of the river Eden as you paddle through its sandstone gorges on its bouncy wave train rapids or perhaps the gentle meanders of the middle Derwent as you paddle towards Bassenthwaite.

All courses start with an introduction to your equipment using a range of high quality boards. After a fitting session we will take you on some easy water and start to coach you in the skills required for white water paddling. From there we will move you on at your own pace setting challenges that will suit you.

Course content

On the course we will look at

  • Board design
  • Use of leashes and releasable waist belts
  • Using positive blade pressure to create stability
  • Reading white water
  • Using river features
  • Simple rescue techniques
  • Planning river trips and gauging river levels

SUP Cumbria


If necessary, we can provide you with a white water paddleboard and paddle.

You will 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).

You should bring:

  • 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 buoyancy aids, drybags and helmets that can be borrowed if requested in advance.

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.


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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