What is SUP?
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) originated in Africa where it was common practice for individuals to stand on their canoes and use their paddle to propel themselves forwards which they used to fish and travel.
Stand up paddleboarding came out of Hawaii, where surf instructors would take paddles and stand on their surf boards to get a better view of their clients. Stand up paddle or simply SUP is a form of paddling where person ses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a board.
I love to SUP because really enjoy being in and on the water; I can experience the solitude, the sound of the water, the reflection, get a real feeling of peace, with the sun on my face and that feeling of utter freedom, being way from it all and being re-connected with nature. Watching birds fly over my head, fish jumping out of the water in front of my board and seeing wonderful and fascinating wildlife.
Why should I choose Psyched Paddleboarding?
Psyched Paddleboarding are North Wales SUP specialists based in Anglesey and Snowdonia with a wealth of experience, knowledge, qualification and high quality kit and instruction.
Sian Sykes from Psyched Paddleboarding is well and truly PSYCHED for SUP! She is incredibly passionate about what she does. Based in a perfect location of Anglesey and Snowdonia, it allows Sian the flexibility to deliver courses which are uniquely tailored to the needs of our guests and to the weather conditions. We can either choose to run stand up paddleboarding sessions on Anglesey or in Snowdonia.
Sian is highly qualified, professional, friendly and is well experienced. She has a number of SUP firsts too from 3 Lakes Challenge, Anglesey Circumnavigation and Trent Loop Challenge. She is often writing articles for SUP magazines as the SUP expert feature.
All the kit & equipment we use is of high quality. We are partners with Aquapac and Peak UK as we love their kit! We also provide Ripcurl changing robe (towels) and changing mats to allow our guests to have a much comfortable experience. All kit and equipment we use is well maintained. All wetsuits, jackets and robes will be dry for the next day. So no more putting on soggy wetsuits!
We also care about our environment, we donate money to our selected charities Surfers Against Sewage and The North Wales Wildlife Trust. We encourage, educate and inspire our guests about the environment and ask our guests to pick up any found litter on our SUP travels.
After each session, Sian makes everyone a panad (welsh for tea) and provides scrumptious biscuits/cakes, a worthy treat after paddle boarding.
Sian was born and raised in North Wales, so fantastic local knowledge and a passion for fascinating welsh folkore combined with a wealth experience and being highly qualified, ensures you have a magical day with Sian from Psyched Paddleboarding.
Safety is always our number one priority and we prove that you can have fun, face challenges and can be safe throughout your SUP adventure with us. Sian and the team has extensive experience and qualification, so you are in safe hands.
Can I join if I haven't been on a SUP Taster Session?
Whilst we appreciate you may have paddled before, you must have been on a our SUP Taster Session, or Introduction to SUP before attending our other activities. This is so that we are sure that you understand the safety aspects of paddling.
What activities can I do?
Have you always wanted to try stand up paddle boarding or tried it and now caught the bug to do more, this will help you to understand what you need to do.
1. Intro to Paddleboarding - This introduce you to the very basics on how to paddle board. Once you have completed this session with us you can progress to do the following:
- Night SUP
- Mini SUP Safari
- Micro Adventure
- SUP Overnight
- SUP Clinic
2. Mini SUP Safari - This is a great chance to explore the stunning coastlines and landscapes of North Wales on a paddle board. Once you have completed this you can do:
- Adventure SUP
- SUP & Hike
- SUP Safari
3. Intro to SUP Safety & Awareness Skills Day - This is perfect for people who wish to go on their own adventures either on their own board or hired boards. It is designed for a basic introduction for flat water teaching you what kit to use, how to use it, planning a paddling trip, understanding the weather, incident management, rescues. Once you have completed this, you can join:
- SUP Holidays such as West Coast of Scotland
4. SUP Safety & Awareness Skills Course - Designed for people who wish to gain the skills to plan and go off on sea adventures.
What times are your sessions?
Introduction to SUP times are from 9:00am – 11:00am, 12:00 - 14:00, 15:00 - 17:00. In the summer evenings we will be running sessions running into dusk along with night SUP. For private groups we do try to cater to your schedule as much as possible, please just get in touch.
Is there an age limit?
We can take out paddle boarding guests over the age of 8. We recommend that they join a family private session. Participants under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
What are your group ratio's?
Psyched Paddleboarding group ratio's are a maximum of 8 participants per group per instructor.
What is the minimum number of participants to an activity?
Some activities we have a minimum number of particpants to run the activity. Refer to the notes section of each activty listed on our website. We will do our best to fill the spaces, it would be great if you could spread the word and see if any of your friends, family or collegues would like to join you. If we are unable to fill the activty with the minimum of participants we will do our best to reschedule or offer you a different activity..
Is there a maximum weight limit?
Our recommended weight limit on the inflatable paddleboards is 110kg
Do you offer group discounts?
Stand up paddle boarding is such a fun and social with friends and family, its a perfect for a day out in wonderful North Wales. Join us for private SUP group session with your friends, colleagues or families. Perfect way to celebrate birthdays, hen and stag parties or group get together socials. It's something fun and a bit different to do, create wonderful fun and lasting memories.
SUP offers offers a genuinely awesome social activity that will get the group laughing, smiling from ear to ear, bonding and achieving something that perhaps they thought it wasn't possible!
We provide group discounts for 4 or more participants.
Do you provide gift vouchers?
Yes. Treat someone to a Psyched Paddleboarding Stand Up Paddleboarding gift voucher, an ideal present for any time of the year. The vouchers are valid for 12 months and can be purchased for any activity we offer. The gift voucher is a beautifully designed card and will be delivered by post, purchase them here. The voucher is valid for a year from purchase. T&C's Apply
What kit and equipment do you provide?
Psyched Paddleboarding provides high quality stand up paddling equipment; paddle board, paddle, leash, changing robe, rash vest top, wetsuit and jacket to ensure you have a comfortable time on the water.
What do I wear?
Please bring a swimming costume, some our guests where this under their clothes when they arrive as it makes it a bit easier getting ready for the SUP session. Please also bring a pair of old trainers (you don't mind getting wet) or appropriate water sport shoes. We provide you with high quality long john wetsuit, rash vest top, and jacket. To make your experience more comfortable we also provide the use of a changing robe and mat.
What do I wear on my feet?
Please bring a pair of old trainers (you don't mind getting wet) or appropriate water sport shoes, this is for health and safety reasons as sometimes where we SUP there are rocks, slate and pebbles and it is avoid damaging your feet.
Do you run SUP sessions all year round?
Totally, the great thing about SUP it can be done all year round! You just have to wear additional clothes so you are toasty on the board. The only thing is to consider if you do fall into the water you need to keep warm. We recommend wearing a thick wetsuit or a drysuit. You can hire these, please get in touch for additional information. We also recommend wearing neoprene booties and gloves to keep you warm.
Do you need to wear buoyancy aid?
Your safety is key when out paddleboarding with us. We enforce all participants to be attached to the SUP with a leash at all times, as this is attached your island of safety, your SUP. We provide buoyancy aids for when we are on the SUP Adventure activity for leaping off rocks into the sea and when we are paddling on the Menai Straits.
Do I need to be able to swim to SUP?
Yes, as part of our company policy and insurance all participants are able to swim 50m in the water confidently.
Am I able to SUP if pregnant?
It’s up to you – however you do need to speak with your doctor to get their advice before booking onto the course. You’re welcome to spend as much time on your knees as you like before standing up, or indeed spend the whole session on your knees.
Can I bring and use my own kit and equipment?
Yes. Providing it is suitable.
What if I can't make the SUP session?
If you can’t attend the SUP activity you’ve booked and give us plenty of warning we’ll make every effort to accommodate you on a future session. Because sometimes we need to book freelance instructors, we can’t refund or reschedule you if you can’t make it and don’t let us know. Bookings are non-refundable.
Do I need to be insured to take part in any of the activities?
We strongly recommend you take out insurance against cancellation, accident and personal injury.
What if it is windy?
North Wales is a perfect location for SUP as you can normally find sheltered spots to avoid the worst of the wind. If the wind is particularly strong and we are unable to work in a sheltered spot, the activity will be re arranged for another day when the weather is kinder to us. We will notify you the day before of the location where to meet after reviewing the weather forecast.
What if its raining?
We are always psyched for SUP and we run activities in all weathers. The only reason we’d postpone a session is in severe winds or thunder storm. We provide waterproof jackets and wetsuits.
What safety precautions do you have in place?
You will be accompanied by a qualified and experienced paddling guide. They will ensure to the best of their ability that you are safe. First Aider/s are on hand—equipped with necessary kits. Your progress will be checked. At all times the guide is concerned with your well being, if they deem it unsafe for you to continue then their decision is final. You need to stay within visibility of each team member and the guide at all times and in all weathers.
Can I wear spectacles or lenses?
It is recommended that spectacles are impact resistant with plastic lenses and frames. The wearer must accept that injury may still occur if any form of spectacles are worn and accept full responsibility for any such injury. Contact lenses may be worn by participants at their own risk. If wearing glasses please make sure they are on a leash.
Do I need to bring a waterproof bag?
Potentially you might fall into the water during the session and you therefore need to be responsible for the kit you carry on the paddleboard doesn’t get wet. If you are wishing to bring a camera, mobile phone or anything electronic, please make sure you keep it in a waterproof case as otherwise it will get wet and damaged. We strongly suggest for you to bring a waterproof camera.
If you want to buy any waterproof cases for your mobile phone or dry bag for putting personal items in, please buy from the Psyched Paddleboarding website. Sian has put together her recommended kit list and sells it online.
Where do the SUP sessions take place?
We try to run them on Anglesey if conditions are good and suitable for SUP. However if the weather conditions aren't good, we pop over to Snowdonia to enjoy a sheltered spot. It is all about your safety and having a good time. So we find a venue suitable for you. We will contact you the day before to confirm location once we have a better understanding of the weather.