With summer well underway and covid lockdown easing in most parts of the UK now is the perfect time to think about learning outdoor sports and specifically learn paddle boarding. Paddle boarding (also know as stand up paddle boarding) will increase fitness, health and provide you with a sense of general well-being. It can be enjoyed on inland lakes and water ways or at sea on flat water or in waves.Read More
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SUP – out of lockdown!
Today is the first official day that Stand Up Paddle Boarders in England are encouraged to get back on the water as part of our unlimited daily exercise.
So, if you are heading out, make sure you stick to social distancing rules and maintain Government guidelines; we don’t want a return to full lockdown.
Before heading out; make sure you have checked weather conditions, wind speed and direction, tide times and water flow on rivers. The water is still cool; make sure you wear the correct water wear, check your leash and wear a buoyancy aid for extra floatation. Carry your phone on you in a waterproof bag, not only to get a good pic but to be used for safety. Paddle with a buddy (stay 2m apart) rather than paddle alone. We also recommend that you check your BSUPA membership is up to date in order to provide you with your 3rd party insurance.
Keep close to the shoreline and limit your distances to keep you within your skill and fitness levels. Tell someone when and where you are going and when you expect to return. If you are heading out in surf, check for strong rips before heading out and avoid crowded line ups; stay within your limits.
We have already heard the RNLI have been rescuing people who have misread the conditions – it is exercise – not radical action – stay within your limits. RNLI lifeguards are not operating on many beaches so check which ones have cover before venturing out.
Realise today, or when you head out, how great SUP is as a sport; we have missed it for two months. Embrace it today, get out there, post a pic, please tag #BSUPA and enjoy the ride!
Simon, Andy, Sam, Paul, Andy, Anni and Dom
Covid-19 pandemic advice for all Paddleboarders
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.
Enjoy a walk, a run, a cycle.
Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives
Due to the ever changing and unprecedented situation with the current coronavirus epidemic, we have decided to postpone our AGM until later in the year.
Please watch this space for further details.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support at this difficult time.
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 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 .
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.Read More
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.Read More
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