We thought it would be useful to circulate some generic information from us the Lead National Association in the UK for Standup Paddleboarding regarding activities during the current COVID 19 pandemic.
All our recognised schools nationwide are closed and no practical lessons are taking place.
All events nationally are currently on hold, postponed or cancelled until further notice.
All face to face coaching and training courses are cancelled until further notice.
Advice to our entire community of paddleboarders across the UK is:
‘Don’t go out and SUP’ at the moment
We are aware that a tiny percentage of our community are lucky enough to live on a beach and can walk to go out and SUP (lucky folk):
However, our advice (which is just that…advice) to all our members and all paddle boarders nationally, is please refrain from Paddle boarding currently. Our sport, although totally safe, still bears a risk of accidental injury and equipment failure which at this time is not worth taking and risks placing an extra burden on our NHS.
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 email@example.com 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 .
Please note due to the Coronavirus this has now been postponed, however please note we will carry out our AGM by conference call on Saturday 28th March. More information about that can be found in our Coronavirus postponement article.
Following on from the success of last years SUP Instructor conference we are extremely pleased to be holding another in March.
In an agreement between the British Stand Up Paddle Association and the Welsh Surfing Federation, Welsh competitors results from this years 2019 BSUPA Sup Surf Series will be shared with and used by W.S.F to assist with their team selection for 2019/2020 International or World Stand Up Paddleboard Competitions. This agreement will be on going for subsequent years.
BSUPA SUP Surf series will select riders from the combined results of 2 events(or one in event of weather cancellation), Saunton June 29th (bad weather 2nd date 10 Aug) and Watergate Sept 28/29th for the ISA World event. The SUP SURF team selection for the ISA Worlds will be subject to current ISA rulings and will be announced after the final at Watergate.
The ESF selection will also come for from this series however the the ESF event for 2019 is cancelled so results from BSUPA SUP SURF series will count towards 2020 if ESF event goes ahead .
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
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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.
The London SUP Open Tour brings a World Championship Tour competition and mass participation competition to one of the world’s most iconic cities all within the setting of an ultimate urban beach lifestyle festival.