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Welcome to the world of stand up paddle boarding

Whether you are an athletics enthusiast or a casual adventure fan, you would have heard of the increasingly popular water sport SUP. The SUP abbreviation stands for stand up paddle board or paddle boarding – a combination of surfing and canoeing / kayaking which involves standing on an oversized board and using a canoe-style paddle to move through the water.

Paddle boarding lessons owe their popularity to their suitability for groups, as well as the fact that they offer a great way to enjoy the flatwater and get a full body workout at the same time. SUP is a highly accessible, fun and social way to enjoy sea or inland waters. Almost anyone can do it, whatever your age, skill or fitness level. 

Our stand up paddle boarding Cardiff courses are one of the best places to SUP in Wales. Within just a couple of hours, you will have mastered the basics and our full range of courses cater for all abilities. The beauty of this activity is that it is adaptive and can change to suit your mood and experience. You can simply make as much or as little effort as you want!

As a world-wide sensation water sport SUP is now taking the UK by storm as well, causing a spike in popularity of paddle boarding lessons in South Wales. Read on to find out what stand up paddle boarding lessons Cardiff International White Water has to offer.

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Learn to SUP at CIWW!

Learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard with our basic SUP Taster Session, during the 2 hour session our instructors will teach you all the stand up paddle boarding tips you need to get started, including how to prepare for paddle boarding, how to get on a paddleboard, balance exercises for stand up paddle boarding, and of course how to get back on a paddleboard after falling. This is suitable for 12yrs+ and is £35 per person. 

Beginner paddle board lessons are also an ideal Stag & Hen party activity. All kit and SUP instruction is supplied and all sessions are suitable for varying levels of experience and physical fitness.

Advanced paddle board technique

For those who have already completed a basic paddleboarding course, we offer advanced SUP lessons designed to help you progress and improve your paddle board technique.

We will be coaching more complex SUP tips and techniques such as paddling in chop and wind, equipment and training to race or adventure. This in-depth dive into SUP technique will improve your paddling, boost your confidence and make you an all-round better paddler.

Supporting stand up paddle board lessons

We also offer a SUP technique support module for anyone who wants to learn more about the specialist discipline of Stand Up Paddle board (SUP). The paddleboarding course introduces and explains the basic SUP technique through a mix of theory and practical activity which enables everyone to get hands-on experience with SUP paddle board.

Paddleboarding trips

Tailor-made for adventurers who have already mastered the basic paddle board technique, our SUP paddle board experiences offer a full day of exploring the great coastline and rivers of South Wales. These experiences are suitable for anyone who has completed one of our stand up paddle board lessons (from SUP Tasters to SUP Social).

We will supply transport, equipment and guides who provide SUP instruction throughout the day.

Stand up paddle board club: SUP Social Cardiff

Looking for an organised SUP session where you can paddle as a group with fellow SUPers? Join SUP Social Cardiff and enjoy the shared experience of paddleboarding with likeminded people. The CIWW stand up paddle board club is open to everyone who has taken part in our SUP lessons, including our SUP taster session.

Ladies Only SUP

Our Ladies Only SUP course is the perfect opportunity to try your hand at the world’s fastest growing water sport without feeling self-conscious. We are offering dedicated women's SUP lessons which will get you afloat and paddling along the beautiful Welsh waters in no time. 

Ladies of all levels and abilities are welcome to join our women's SUP course and enjoy some time on the water. The ladies only stand up paddleboarding programme spans over the course of four weeks, with two-hour sessions taking place each week. We offer all training and paddleboarding equipment for the course. 4 consecutive Wednesday evenings at £110 be person. 

Women's only SUP is great fun, great exercise and a great way to spend time with your friends cruising the flat water. So, don’t get left behind - come and try your hand at women only stand up paddleboarding! SUP for women is a great way to get outdoors, improve your fitness, meet new people and see Cardiff from a completely new angle.

SUP for kids: children's paddle board summer courses

We believe that love for the outdoors is often developed by taking up a sport at a young age. Our junior paddle board course is designed to nurture a passion for water sports and the ocean amongst children.

Running over the course of the summer holidays, CIWW’s SUP for kids introduces children to the ocean in what we hope is the start of a lifelong friendship. Run in an inclusive, non-competitive environment, our junior SUP paddle programme focuses on building self-esteem amongst youngsters.

Kids SUP courses are currently available at only a handful of locations across the UK and the CIWW children's SUP paddle programme is among them.

Who can take part our children's SUP paddle courses?

The kids SUP course is suitable from children aged between 8 and 12 years. No previous paddleboarding experience is required to take part.

What is included in the children's paddle board course?

SUP for kids runs weekly over the course of the school summer holidays, Monday to Friday. The junior SUP paddle programme consists of five lessons covering SUP Safety, SUP Adventures, Ocean Plastic, Healthy SUP Kids and Ambassador for the planet.

SUP yoga classes

Don’t have the time or budget for a stand up paddle board yoga retreat? Join us for one of our yoga paddle board classes instead! Packing all the highlights of a yoga and paddle boarding holiday in short ninety-minute SUP yoga sessions, CIWW’s paddle board yoga will introduce you to the paddle boards and guide you through a SUP yoga sequence of paddle board yoga poses. Who knew water yoga can be so accessible!

SUP Safety: ISUP Tips

This one-day course offers ISUP tips for SUPers looking to stay safe on the water and explore new areas with confidence. The course covers board selection, equipment, safety and rescue, navigation, common mistakes and problems, paddling with friends, and safety systems.

The perfect collection of ISUP tips and knowledge to accompany you on your next adventure.

Key info
from £35 per person
Participants must be 12yrs old of over
All coaching and specialist equipment is provided
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