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  • What should I wear?
    Synthetic Layers are the best. Some sports leggings, skins - loose clothing and layers. Try to avoid jeans and cotton which may be very uncomfortable if they get wet! We can give you dry bags if you need to take some extra layers with you on board. We would also highly recommend bringing a change of clothes and a towel for after your paddle, just in case you fall in- these can be left with us on site.
  • What do I wear on my feet?
    If it is warm enough, bare foot is best. If you would like to wear shoes we recommend wearing wetshoes or old trainers, just make sure you have dry footwear to wear after your paddle!
  • What should I bring along with me?
    Bring a change of clothes and a towel in case you do get wet. If it is nice and sunny please bring along water and suncream. If wearing a hat or sunglasses please note these will not float if you go in, but if you are not overly attached then bring them along as the water reflects UV rays and you may catch the sun quicker. For chillier days and evenings please bring layers - small packaway windproof waterproof macs are great as are thin fleeces - we have drybags for you to take out additional layers if you are prone to feeling the cold. You may also want to bring along some insect repellent, especially if your paddle is later in the day or in the evening. We have limited waterproof phone cases available for use so if you have your own feel free to bring that along too! Finally if you have any medical items such as inhalers or epi pens, please have these with you.
  • Where can I park?
    It depends on your session's location.. For sessions at the Red Lion Bishopgate- While you are on the water the landlords of the pub would rather not have the carpark filled with cars from people not in the pub. You are more than welcome to come and drop anyone or anything off with us and then we ask you to move the car to St Helens Wharf NR3 1UR. When you are then back you are more than welcome to collect the car and bring it back to the carpark if you are going to then stay. For sessions at the Rivergarden Yarmouth Road- There is a small carpark at the front of the pub but alternatively most of Yarmouth Road is free to park on the road, there are also a couple of parking bays just down from the pub and further towards Thorpe Green, a 5 minute walk away. For sessions at The Cut, Brundall- As you head over the railway line take the next right in front of the White Heron pub, you'll see Broom Boats directly ahead of you and can park on the gravel to the left. Alternatively if there is space and you are visiting the White Heron pub there is a car park on the other side of the road. For sessions at Salhouse Broad- Please do not park in the pay and display car park, it is about 10 minutes to walk from there to the broad which can be difficult if you have your own board! car parking will be up on Salhouse Broad campsite which we only have access to when we hold events there. Directions and the gatecode will emailed to you upon booking.
  • Do you have buoyancy aids?
    Yes, and you will be provided with one as standard when you book a lesson or hire a board from us. We have a selection for everybody! Of course if you have your own, you are more than welcome to wear this on your session if you'd feel more comfortable in doing so.
  • Do I have to be a good swimmer - what happens if I fall into the river?
    You don't have to be an olympic swimmer, or be able to swim, but we do ask that you'd be comfortable if you did take a dip. You'll be fitted with a buoyancy aid before setting out, and you'll be attached to what is effectively a giant float by your safety leash. We will also go through a safety demonstration of how to get back on your board.
  • Is there a weight limit for paddleboarding?
    The majority of our boards are a max rider weight of 120kgs. If you weigh over this please contact us before booking, we have a few boards that can take over this weight, so we can make sure we have the right kit available for you.
  • What if I can no longer make my session?
    If you can't attend your lesson or hire session and give us plenty of notice, we will try our best to accommodate you on a future date . Unfortunately if it is too late notice we can't refund or reschedule. If we need to cancel due to bad weather, we will reschedule your session. Please check the terms and conditions or contact us if you have any queries regarding this.
  • Can you paddle board in the rain?
    Yes, and a paddle in the rain can be as gorgeous as a paddle in the sunshiine! We will only reschedule a session in the events of high winds, thunderstorms or met office weather warnings and will do our best to give as much notice as possible.
  • Do you get many people come alone?
    For sure! You can join any of our events alone but you will never paddle alone. We run regular events and social evening giving you the opportunity to paddle and make some lovely friends. Come alone with or without your board. We discourage people who want to come and hire a board on their own if they are not confident and have never paddle boarded before. You are more then welcome to come with a friend who has their own board or get a friend to come along and hire as well.
  • Is it really hard to find your balance standing ?
    First bit of advice is to keep breathing and try and stay relaxed. Easier said than done I know! The boards you go on from us are incredibly stable and going to do their upmost to keep you on them instead of flipping you in the water. For hires, we give you full on land instruction and do all we can to help you get to standing. If you are coming out on a lesson with us, our qualified instructors are there to take you through each part of the process. We have taught many people to get from kneeling to standing and have spent many hours ourselves perfecting our sport we love so much. But we'll let you into a little don't have to stand to be a paddle boarder!
  • Do many people fall in?
    It can happen, some sessions no one goes in, other sessions every one does! We try to keep people dry as best as we can. We also run sessions where we purposely go in the water, these are great confidence builders!
  • Can children paddle? Can they share a board with an adult?
    Anyone under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult in a ratio of 1 adult to 3 children. Usually children aged 8+ can have their own board, just take note they may get tired and need assistance. We have had children age 4 upwards sitting on the front of a board with an adult. Our boards have a general weight limit of 120kgs, however our bigger boards designed for groups can accommodate more people. Our biggest board can take 6 adults or 10 smaller adults and children. For our stargazing paddles, given the additional risk, a pre requisite is that any participant must confirm they are a competent and confident paddler. Therefore a child from age 10 upwards should be OK on their own board provided they have paddled before. Children are also welcome on our social paddles, just again they need to be accompanied by an adult.
  • Do I need a license?
    If you are hiring a board from us, or on a lesson you will be covered by our licenses. However if you have your own board and are paddling from our locations you will need a license that covers the Norfolk Broads. You can either buy a daily toll through the broads authority but we would recommend buying a British Canoe Membership that needs renewing annually. British Canoeing memberships can be for an individual, couple or family and cover the majority of inland waterways find out more on the link below British Canoeing Membership
  • As a plus size person can I do it?
    Yes yes yes! we do everything we can to include all shapes and sizes on the water! Please see our FAQ about rider weight limit, however we do have sone other boards available and if contacted before hand will ensure we have the right kit available for you to use.
  • Is paddleboarding open to those with neurodivergence?
    Absolutely! Paddleboarding is open to anyone. If you have any concerns or queries and would feel more confident by having a chat beforehand, please talk to us - we're here to help!
  • Can I paddle whilst pregnant?
    Yes, you can paddle whilst pregnant but you should check with your doctor if you have any concerns. Just take it steady, and you may want to stay on your knees or sit down rather than stand, but we have had pregnant people paddle with us in the past and ultimately the decision lies with you and your body!
  • Do you have to have all the gear and experience?
    No - we offer beginner's lessons and hire sessions with everything included. We have also provided sessions specifically for those who have bought all their kit but don't know how to set up and care for their board. To attend our social paddles, either with Norfolk Paddle Boards, The What'sup Group or These girls paddle you need to have at least paddled once before, be it with us or another company as we do not provide tuition on these events.
  • Do you need a lot of upper body strength?
    Only as much as the average person, and it's a great sport to help increase your upper body and core strength!
  • What is a beginner?
    We class a beginner as someone who has spent less that 4 hours on a paddle board unless they have attended one of our lessons. Our group sessions have mixed abilities and the reason we say no to beginners on our socials and events is because the instructors running the sessions can't give you the time to teach you whilst we have others on the water. Please feel free to book into one of our beginners lessons or come and hire a board a couple of times and have some on land tuition.
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