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DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons, vouchers and booking forms

Are you looking to learn Stand Up Paddleboarding, (SUP for short) ? Then you have come to the right place at DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons. Please read on…..

To Purchase a SUP gift voucher please click HERE, or read on below for how to make a booking online.

Our old DR SUP booking form is being re-designed at the moment so if you want to book online, please use the general contact form here, please provide the following details for each person attending :-

1. Name
2.Age
3. Contact Telephone number
4. "EMERGENCY" Contact Telephone Number in case of emergencies
5. Medical history like heart problems, diabetes etc.
6. Have you had any COVID19 symptoms in the last 3 weeks ?
7. Can you swim 2 lengths of a 25 metre swimming pool non stop and un-assisted ?
8. Have You attended any of our others SUP Courses ?

COVID-19 UPDATE 1st August 2021 – THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SUPERCEDES ANY OF OUR REGULAR OPERATING SESSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – PLEASE READ ON

We can now offer Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lessons for up to 8 pupils per session at ONE of our 2 venues as follows.

Please note, the venue that you attend can vary depending on weather conditions, numbers attending group sessions and your location.We will confirm which venue it will be once your booking form is received.

Upper Arley (Near Bewdley)– Fridays - 11am, 1.30pm - Sundays – 1.30pm and 3:30pm

Bittell Reservoir (Near Alvechurch) –Fridays – 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm – Sundays 10am and 11am

If you have a party of 4 or more for Saturdays or wish to book a river tour then please call us on 07812 141742 to make an enquiry.

We will update our social media and this page as things change so please follow us as per the below links to keep up to date with information.

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While social distancing is still in place, we will observe the Government guidelines for social distancing along with some new policies laid out by British Canoeing and the Academy of Surf Instructors.

Current Prices are as follows for the Bronze Introductory lesson as of 01/03/2021 (see below for Silver,Gold and package deals) :-

1 to 1 lesson Bronze – £45.00 per person which is discounted from £60.00 given the current COVID19 situation. Please state in the booking form message box at the bottom if you want a private group of 1 to 1 lessons for up to 8 participants.

Groups of 2-3 booked at the same time – Bronze – £35.00 per person

Groups of 4-8 or more booked at the same time – Bronze – £27.95 per person (when part of a group lesson or multi levels booked for the same day)

We hope to see you on the water soon.


Here at DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons are our Midlands Based Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructors.

Offering a variety of courses to get you started in this fast growing sport at venues across the Birmingham, West Midlands and Worcestershire areas.

All our instructors are fully qualified and insured SUP Instructors, trained by the world renowned and respected Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI).

More recently we achieved the British Canoeing Quality Mark which means you will receive safe, well equipped and well informed SUP lessons.

We also sell Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and other Watersports gear at our Halesowen based Shop just off junction 3 of the M5. These goods are also available on this website. Click here for a look at whats we sell online

Courses on offer

There are 3 lessons on offer, Bronze intro, Silver and Gold. Each lesson is designed to allow you to progress to a stage where you can feel comfortable in Paddleboarding on your own. Whether it be on our lake at Bittell Reservoir – Cofton Hacket, near Alvechurch , or on our local Rivers or Canals. Feel free to repeat the lessons if you want pointers or further coaching.

If you know of a friend or relative that might be interested in having fun for an hour and learning something really cool and new then bring them along for the Bronze intro session.

The cost of each course includes all of the equipment required to SUP, ie Board, Paddle and Leash and buoyancy aid if required.

Age

DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons start with the youngest age a person that can participate is 8 years old. In order to come on the course we would prefer that the participants be able to swim 50 metres in open water, un-assisted. This is not a hard and fast rule and we will assess each participant on a case by case basis.

Clothing

The ideal clothing to wear for this sport in fair weather, is a surfing rash guard, swim or board shorts and some decent beach shoes.

If you don’t have any of this gear and you don’t wish to buy any new stuff then youshould try and wear old clothing like old trainers and lightweight T shirt and swim shorts. Lycra leggings are also a good idea as they are light and don’t get water logged. They also provide a bit of insulation against the wind and cold water.

This should be clothing that you don’t mind getting wet plus an old pair of shoes as you may need to enter or exit the water near a beach and you don’t want to be hurting your feet on stones and gravel.

If you wanted to buy any watersports clothing or footwear, then please head over to our ON-LINE SHOP

Please do not wear heavy cotton clothing as if you fall into the water then these will get sodden and weigh you down and make it difficult to stay afloat.

Cold weather clothing hire

Cold weather conditions can affect your performance. If you take your course in colder weather, and you don’t have the appropriate gear, you may hire a wetsuit from DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons @ £5 per person per session.

Times (check COVID 19 situation above)

Purchasing SUP and Watersports clothing

Want to purchase your own gear ? Participants can buy the above gear in our shop at discounted rates . Should you wish to purchase it before hand, either pop into the shop to try the gear on or ON-LINE SHOP

– BRONZE LEVEL –An introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)

On the Bronze Level course, the aim is to get you standing up by the end of it. This is a 1 hour lesson and among other things you will learn a little about the equipment you use, the safety elements required, the basic paddling techniques and self rescue. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able stand up on a SUP board and use very basic paddle techniques. If you complete the bronze level then you can move onto the Silver Level.

Price –See above– Duration : 1 hour

(please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)

– SILVER LEVEL – Advanced Paddling Technique and board maneuverability

The Silver level course is a review of what you learned in the Bronze. In addition now we will look at your body position, a review of you current paddle techniques, some new paddle techniques and how to move through the water with the least amount of effort in an efficient manner. We will also go through some more efficient ways in which to turn the board. At the end of lesson we will briefly go over board types and paddles. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able to make quick turns and have your basic forward stoke paddle technique dialed in and teach you how to paddle in a straight line for aroudn 100 metres without chaning hands. If you complete this lesson satisfactorily then you can move on to Gold Level.

Price for Groups of 2-3 people – £45.00 per person
Price for Groups of 4-8 people – £40.00 per person

Duration : 1.5 hours

(please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)

– GOLD LEVEL – More Advanced Paddling Techniques,and an introduction to riding rivers

The Gold level course is a review of what you learned in the Silver Level. This is generally held on a quiet part of a river with virtually no current or flow. We will go through the safety elements of riding rivers while identifying hazards, the pitfalls that rivers can throw at you and how to get out of trouble, should the need arise. We will observe you paddling upstream and paddling downstream in a controlled manner. You will also be offered the chance to SUP from Arley to Bewdley if you feel confident and time allows on the same day as your lesson. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able to ride rivers comfortably and know how to either avoid or deal with hazards the river can throw at you.We will go over more advanced SUP boards and the differences between learner and advanced SUP boards, their features and benefits.

Duration : 1.5 – 2 hours

Venue: Arley Slipway, Near Riverside Tearoom, Arley Lane, Upper Arley, DY12 1XA

Price for Groups of 2-3 people: £59.00
Price for Groups of 4-8 people: £49.00

– PACKAGE DEAL – BRONZE + SILVER + GOLD LEVELS –

Book all 3 lessons for one day and get a discounted rate of £115.00 saving you £24.00 (please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page as this deal may not be available at this time)

Venues : mixed as per above depending on conditions at the discretion of the instructor.

To Purchase a Package Deal GIFT VOUCHER, please CLICK HERE

Terms and Conditions of Booking

Lessons cancelled by the person(s) booking are non refundable but can be re-scheduled for a later date for a given period of time - Alternatively we can issue you with a voucher to redeem at a later date.

Lessons cancelled by DR SUP are subject to a full refund. Please note, we will only cancel lessons if there is exteme wind or thunder and lightning. You will be most likely getting wet anyway so we will not cancel if its raining, however we may delay the lesson if it's just a shower.

We reserve the right to cancel lessons if we believe the participant is not physically fit enough to undertake such activities or pose a risk to others.