Learn To SUP – Junior Courses

Level 1 – BSUPA Born to Ride

Mirroring the Ready To Ride course for adults, young students should be able to:

  • Launch and recover safely (with assistance where required)
  • Set up paddle, board and leash (with assistance where required) Know how to fall safely and recover to shore using a recovery method.
  • Have a good basic paddle stroke
  • Perform a series of turns
  • Show competence and confidence afloat.
  • Have an understanding of how weather effects SUP

This course may be delivered over a two 2hr sessions or a series of sessions until young students have reached the required level. Students can track and monitor continual progress in their logbooks.

Level 2 – Born To Race

Mirroring the Ready To Race course for adults ,young students should be able to:

  • Understand the fun of racing and how to get involved
  • Have knowledge of different racing disciplines
  • Be able to select the best race equipment for themselves
  • Demonstrate an improved efficient paddle stroke Understands Drafting
  • Perform a variety of turns around buoys using good judgement
  • Have experienced a variety of start options
  • Have understanding of personal gear you might wear for racing and hydration options.
  • Understands when they might sprint or relax into a slower rythmn Understands racing rules and importance of good sportsmanship
  • Have had a go at a race

This course is mainly designed to be delivered over a series of regular ‘club’ sessions and may be assessed and signed off as the instructor sees fit. Again students can follow continual development in their logbooks.

Level 2 – Born To Tour

1:6 Ratio may be higher with an assistant Level 1 instructor. Mirroring the Ready To Tour course for adults, young students should be able to:

  • Understand the different locations to paddle and their restrictions, challengesPYRA_316
  • Have knowledge of different touring disciplines and how to get involved
  • Be able to select the best touring equipment for themselves
  • Can demonstrate an improved efficient paddle stroke
  • Can use a variety of stokes to maintain tracking and maneuverability on the water.
  • Can navigate obsticales and third parties afloat taking into account, flow, weather and any other elements.
  • Have knowledge of how to plan a trip taking into account weather, flow, tide, access, 3rd parties, exit options,
  • Have understanding of personal gear you might take with you when touring. Have planned completed and experienced a tour.

This course is mainly designed to be delivered over a series of regular ‘club’ sessions and may be assessed and signed off as the instructor sees fit. Again students can follow continual development in their logbooks. Assessment can be done by planning and completing a tour with their instructor.

Level 2 –Part 1 Born to RIP

An introduction to surfing skills to be taught on flat water. 1:6 Ratio may be higher with an assistant Level 1 instructor. A separate course for young students. The aim is to build skills before heading into the surf. By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Undertand wave types and how to where to launch
  • Understand etiquette on the beach and hazards.
  • Paddle in a surf stance
  • Sprint short sharp paddle stroke
  • Different types of stance
  • Tries shorter paddles and smaller board where appropriate Be able to maintain course and board speed
  • Perform improved step back, and reverse paddle turns.
  • Depending on experience this course may be a separate 2hr course or the pre-entry into a surfing course to be taught on flat water.

Level 2 – Part 2 Born to Surf

Taught in the surf and in a smaller ratio this course mirrors the Ready to Surf Course for adults.By the end of this course students should:

Photos: Simon Bassett
Photos: Simon Bassett

 

  • Be able to launch and land in surf and understand how to fall and recover safely.
  • How to be aware of others in the surf zone and how to stop and fall in an emergency.
  • Can get out back
  • Can take off on a wave
  • Perform basic turns
  • Understand the parts of the wave
  • Kit setup
  • Recover board, paddle and leash when crashing.
  • Understand surfing etiquette

As with the other ‘Born to ‘ courses this may be run over a series of sessions until the instructor is happy to sign it off. Students can track progress in their logbook.

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