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Paddle boarding (SUP) Safety & Rescue Day

£89 per person

This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. We hope this will increase learning and enjoyment for participants as well as enabling extra practice and reflection time on new skills.

The award has two purposes:

  • To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

General theory and planning

  • Safety
  • Rescue protocols

Bank-based rescues

  • Coach a swimmer to shore
  • Rescue a swimmer with a rigid aid
  • Rescue a swimmer using a throw line

Boat-based rescues

  • Rescue a swimmer from the water
  • Rescue a capsized paddler using a deep-water rescue
  • Rescue an unconscious or entrapped paddler from their boat d. Use of towlines
  • Self-rescue
  • All-in rescue

All specialist equipment is provided, well maintained and you can be sure you will have the right kit for the job!

Prerequisite (what experience should I have)
  • SUP-based participants need to have attended an intro course or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the SUP control required to complete the course
  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • First aid certificate is not compulsory, but it’s strongly recommended for all paddlers
  • Be able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
What’s included

We provide you with all the paddle-boarding and safety equipment.

  • Wetsuit – please check your wetsuit requirements in the sizing chart below, you will be asked to provide your wetsuit size required during the booking process.
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Paddle-board with fin, paddle, and ankle strap
  • Pictures from your session will be available to download from our Flickr account
What should I bring to the adventure?
  • Swimwear for under your wetsuit
  • A big fluffy towel
  • Soft shoes to wear that might get a bit wet (no flip flops or crocs please)
  • Sun screen
  • Some light refreshments for afterwards
Venue location and your arrival details

A beautiful location for a blissful paddle-boarding experience. This section of the River Wear is well sheltered from the elements and allows us to paddle on a calm stretch of flowing water. The river is abundant with wildlife, and provides a great little heaven for spotting kingfishers, otters, heron, salmon and sea trout, mute swans, muscovy ducks, great black-backed gulls, wood pigeon, and the occasional glimpse of the roe deer! 

This great riverside venue, at the sea cadets centre in Chester-le-Street, and the address and postcode can be found below. There is a pay and display carpark and the approx. will be £5 for the day. 

Donald Owen Clarke Centre (sea cadets building), Riverside. Chester-le-Street (DH3 3QR) 

Your paddle board team will meet you at our riverside base. Our venue has changing rooms and toilets. 

Private session

Talk to us about scheduling your own private session. With a minimum of 4 paddlers you can choose a date and time to suit you!

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