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 .

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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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.

Promoting & protecting paddleboarding in the UK

BSUPA AGM Team - Promoting paddleboarding in the UK

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.

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BSUPA COACHING COURSE

BSUPA Coaching course 21st May 2019

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.

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Team England 2019 Selection Process

Team England ready for the champmionships

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.

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