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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 .
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.
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.
Not so long ago we published the press releases and schedule for the 2019 BSUPA Instructor conference. Well, the bang of the drum continued as SUP instructors & BSUPA members across the country awoke from the salty slumber of winter to come together for the common good of promoting paddleboarding with BSUPA. After all, growing paddle boarding in the UK for our members is the ultimate goal at BSUPA. It’s what we set out to do and as our AGM showed that is what is being achieved.
We’re looking for the help of a Paddleboard Coach (perferably L2 Coach) to deliver some basic SUP training & guidance on the 4th,5th & 6th May in Torquay. BSUPA recognised training centre, email: email@example.com
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.
There are two
international events requiring team selection in SUP surf, race and
prone paddle board disciplines. Ideally, it would be preferable for
all race disciplines to follow a comparable process however, there
are a number of factors which impinge upon
doing so; particularly that at the time of going to press an official
date or location is still to be released by the International Surfing
Association (ISA) for this year’s world championships or the
European Surfing Federation (ESF) for the European championships.
The BSUPA 2019 AGM and Instructor Conference is fast approaching on 6th April in Sandbanks, Dorset. If you haven’t already booked your place, do so now using the link below. The schedule has now been finalised and can be read forthwith.
Anni Ridsdill Smith, mastermind behind the Frangipani SUP Instructors workshop, gives us the low down of the first ever BSUPA Women’s SUP Instructor workshop that we introduced to you earlier in the year.