WHAT TO WEAR
People often ask me whether the water is cold. I can't always tell them because I hardly ever get wet! Paddleboarding is a pretty dry sport although of course you may fall in the first couple of times you try it.
You don't really need any special clothes. I liken it to running, so, in summer, shorts and a t-shirt is fine, (even swimming gear) sunglasses, a hat and suncream. If it's a bit chilly then moisture-wicking leggings and rash vest or long sleeved t-shirt, maybe a light weight jacket. In winter you will probably need a wetsuit and neoprene hat and gloves, but there's always the danger of being too hot! It's worth having a change of clothes in the car as well. There can be sharp things on the sea/river bed so, in summer, a pair of swim shoes is fine and in winter surf or dive boots, or neoprene socks (or both if it's very chilly).
- Swim shoes or neoprene socks
- Sunglasses (with strap)
- Running leggings
- Rash vest, long or short sleeved t-shirt
- Light weight jacket
- Shorty wetsuit if the weather is less than 18 degrees
- Neoprene hat and gloves - winter
- Surf/dive boots - winter
I do have a selection of wetsuits and neoprene booties if required.
I have done hundreds of hours of paddling and am well qualified (with the ASI, Academy of Surfing Instructors) to teach you. I also have additional qualifications in First Aid and Water Rescue - and I am fully insured. I take water safety extremely seriously and I undertake comprehensive Dynamic Risk Assessments prior to any SUP activity. All my equipment is regularly tested, replaced and cleaned.
Buoyancy aids are not considered essential for sup activities. This is because you are already attached to your board via a quick release leash. I do, however, provide them, as they offer extra protection and security in the water.
I always carry a comprehensive First Aid kit and a mobile phone while out on the water.
It's fine if you have had no previous water sports experience but you will be asked to sign a disclosure form prior to all activities and you must be able to confirm that you are able to swim 50m unaided. Please do disclose any health conditions to me at the time of booking.
PARENT AND CHILD LESSONS
In order to comply with AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) guidelines WhitstableSUP can only give lessons to under 18s with a parent present. The parent does not have to have a lesson but does need to be out on the water with the teacher and pupil(s). The cost is as follows: Already a paddler £15/need a lesson to £35.
Vouchers are valid for one year (but must be used before the season ends i.e October).