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 .

BSUPA SUP Conference & Coronavirus

This is an IMPORTANT update intended for all attendees and helpers who intended to join the BSUPA revalidation.

It is with regret that we have decided this morning to postpone the BSUPA Conference on Saturday 28th March, at which you had most kindly agreed to attend.  

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Welsh Surfing Federation and BSUPA to Share Results

Welsh Surfing Federation combine forces with BSUPA

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.

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BSUPA selection for Team England 2019

Team England Selection

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 .

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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.