BSUPA – Return to Paddle Boarding – Covid-19

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! 
 
Stay Safe
 
BSUPA team
Simon, Andy, Sam, Paul, Andy, Anni and Dom

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BSUPA Covid-19 Advice

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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

Our AGM is POSTPONED

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 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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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.