British Stand Up Paddle Association

BSUPA and Coronavirus (Covid-19)

BSUPA & Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

Due to the uncertainty caused by the rapidly evolving Coronavirus situation and our focus on the safety of our members; we have put in place the following measures: 

Instructor Conference on Saturday 28th March, during which participants could revalidate their current BSUPA Instructor qualification, has been postponed until further notice. We imagine it’s likely to be rescheduled for spring 2021. We are aiming for our AGM to be held  by conference call – dial in details will be posted nearer the time. This is a great way to keep up-to-date with all the exciting things that have been happening at BSUPA. 

Instructors -Revalidation – BSUPA Instructor qualifications can be done remotely for the remainder of 2020. You will need to complete and submit a written exam paper, plus a written statement confirming the SUP instruction that you have been doing for the past 3 years and a copy of your current First Aid certificate. If your application is successful, the cost will be £15 for a one year extension. From January 1st 2021 our normal revalidation policy will be reinstated. Please email info@bsupa.org.uk to start the remote revalidation process. 

Schools – It is important for us to follow NHS and government guidelines regarding staff and clients health and the virus. Ensure you have a policy to keep all the contact  areas of your centre and equipment clean. As we stand today, most centres are running courses and it is business as usual but GOV advise is changing daily.Keep your staff and clients informed, create a plan to help your centre, keep the positive message and social media channels working. BSUPA schools present a lower risk than some other sports, we are not a team sport; it is a sport of individuals, therefore, there is no reason right now as to why we can’t keep paddling. This will be good for fitness, well-being and a positive force. When the pandemic passes and it will -people will want to get back outside and back in the water – be ready for that!Of course BSUPA recognised schools should continue to use their Safety Management Systems to robustly assess and mitigate risk.  

SUP – Your safety and that of everybody involved in BSUPA activities is paramount, so please do keep yourself updated with advice from the Government and the NHS, which can be easily obtained online. 

Stay safe out there folks and we hope you can dial in to the AGM .

Regatta London SUP, KAYAK, CANOE – 29th September 2019

Join Team Sparks for this brand new, one-of-a-kind event. Taking over the Thames for one day only, you’ll enjoy:

  • A closed river – no other boats or vessels, no tide and no interruptions
  • SUP, kayak or canoeing 12 miles through the heart of London
  • Taking on a challenge and testing your physical limits
  • Bring your own SUP, canoe or kayak OR get in touch to discuss hiring a vessel
  • Celebrating the environment through sport
  • Taking on a one-of-a-kind challenge for Sparks, raising vital funds for ground-breaking children’s medical research

For further information, please follow this link:

Sparks joined Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) in January 2017, in a partnership aimed at increasing funding for life-changing child health research. We fund research together, but our history, supporters, fundraising and priorities remain independent. Behind the scenes, we share resources to keep our costs to a minimum and increase the amount of research we can fund.

BSUPA Trainer/Examiner Opportunity

TEACHING THE INSTRUCTORS OF TOMORROW 

BSUPA are entering another busy season for SUP. We have seen a steady growth in Schools, instructors and courses throughout the last 11 years with our schools network standing at almost 70 recognised centres and over 2000 instructors which is fantastic. 

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BSUPA COACHING COURSE

BSUPA Coaching course 21st May 2019

Have you been teaching sup for a while, are you an expert in your field? Waves, racing, distance, touring. Why not become a BSUPA Advanced Coach and step up to joining intermediate and advanced skills as the sport progresses and evolves in all directions.

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Kitesurf & SUP instructors needed

Any BKSA or IKO qualified kite instructors and/or BSUPA SUP instructors looking for work? Please get in touch. Ideally you would be local to Brighton or Worthing and have your own transport. We are looking for friendly, professional, punctual instructors, who love to teach kitesurfing and SUP. We have work available for you immediately.

Contact: christine@thekitesurfandsup.co

Phone: 07598 668574

Kik Plastic UK cycle challenge

Kiko Matthews, 38, who broke the female solo trans-Atlantic rowing record last year, is now aiming to cycle 7200km of Great British coastline, joining over 70 beach cleans as she goes.

Setting off from London on May 5th, she will cycle approximately 60 miles a day for 3 months, around the entire coast of the UK and the northern part of Ireland, stopping and helping clean beaches at least once a day. “I want to use this challenge to work with local communities to develop existing beach cleans and support existing organisers or use it as an opportunity for someone to start a regular beach cleaning group. I am working with individuals and existing organisations such as the Marine Conservation Society, Keep Britain Tidy, the RNLI and British Kitesurfing Association, to help me organise as many of the clean ups as possible. However, it’s also a great opportunity for someone else to set something up and get schools and local business involved. Beach cleaning isn’t just about cleaning up a beach and the environment. It brings communities together and is a great excuse to get outside, connect with nature and get some fresh air”

Keeping in line with the women focus, Kiko will also be looking for women to join the cycle, and whilst she isn’t saying no to men joining, she hopes that the challenge will encourage more women to dust off their bikes and helmets to come out and join her.

People can sign up to sponsor or take part in a beach clean, run a beach clean, cycle, or follow the Kik Plastic journey, all via the website www.kikomatthews.com/kik-plastic or on social media at @kikomatthews and @kikplastic

Women in SUP: SUP Instructors Workshop

SUP Instructors Workshop for Women

We are so excited about our BSUPA Women SUP Instructors Workshop and the final arrangements are coming together well.

“This BSUPA Women SUP Instructors Workshop on April 21st in Essex is suitable for all levels of Instructor. Even those who are inexperienced or still working through their shadowing hours will learn a lot and make new friends. The atmosphere will be one of participation, sharing and helping each other.  For full details and to book, please go to:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bsupa-women-in-sup-instructors-workshop-tickets-43710033888?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing