When paddle boarding, we are at the mercy of nature, the weather conditions and water conditions. Conditions can change very suddenly. For example it can be a beautiful sunny day, suddenly the wind comes up and you can’t paddle back to shore. SUP boards are highly susceptible to wind – they have a nice flat surface on the water and the wind can push you and the SUP board along very fast. Before you know it, you could be blown way off shore (either at the ocean or a large inland lake). And worse, you have to paddle against the wind to get back. That is very hard to do.
I have designed this course pfor your own journey, to educate you what are suitable conditions for paddleboarding, what signs to look out for in relation to the weather and how to use wind and water conditions to your advantage. The course will also focus giving you the skills on what to do if you get into trouble, using SUP self rescue techniques.
Sian, founder of Psyched Adventures is an ASI Accredited Instructor and an International Mountain Leader who is highly qualified, she has completed SUP instructor qualifications with stringent conditions and knows about SUP safety.
We ran a SUP Safety & Awareness Skills Course, a 2 day session covering equipment, weather, water, planning, rescues, paddling techniques and journeying on the exciting Menai Straits!
Read a review from a guest on the course:
"We did the SUP Safety and Awareness course with Psyched Paddleboarding . It was spot on for teaching us the skills we need to safely plan and carry out SUP trips whether in the sea, on lakes or rivers. We learned about weather, tides, currents, as well as the safety aspects including gear choice, preparation and rescue. It was interesting and the few hours of classroom stuff wasn't too heavy going at all.
The locations used were stunning. Even the classroom and cafe were lovely!
We practiced on one of the Snowdonia Lakes and then paddled on the second day along the beautiful Menai Straits. We got sea, river and lake experience all in one weekend.
Sian and Joe were both very friendly and professional. They are both so very knowledgeable and they definitely have a passion for the outdoors and their sports.
Everything was provided for us, including clean and well maintained equipment, clothes, changing mats, changing robes; even tea and biscuits!
I absolutely highly recommend Psyched Paddleboarding for training and guiding. I am looking forward to joining Sian and her team for some more SUP trips."