Booking your paddle

Please select the date you wish to attend and select if you are needing to hire a board or you will be bringing your own. 

Location

We will announce location of paddle a month prior to each event. Please look out on Social media, however, if you have already booked a place we will contact you via email with information.

What to bring

What to Bring 

Dress for the weather! Be prepared to be active and comfortable.

  • Mandatory:
    Water bottle, Towel, and a change of clothes for after your paddle. Sliders/ flip flops/ sandals for on site and Suncream 
  • Recommended clothes for warmer weather;
    Insulating long sleeved non-cotton top and bottoms, or swimwear for the really sunny days. Wind chill can be a big factor so if there is a breeze and you fall in, you may want to have a dry top to put on to keep you warm. For your feet –  Warmer weather i’d suggest bare feet on the board. The feeling of the water trickling from your paddle onto your warm feet is divine! Some old trainers Sliders/ flip flops/ sandals are advisable to wear on site before getting on your board. These can be stored on site when you head off or you can take them with you and slide under the bungees on the front of your board or in your dry bag which we can provide. 
  • Recommended clothes for cooler weather
    October to April the water can get very cold along with freezing temps above water as well. Id fully suggest a wetsuit or drysuit and a Kagool to help with windchill. Other options for warmer days are synthetic layers. These will dry quickly if you get wet and also handy to have extra hoodie, tee in your dry bag to add an extra layer on. Hands will get cold. A good pair of gloves ( I suggest a waterproof mitten as keeping your fingers together will help keep them warm). Protect the heat escaping your head with a good wooly hat! Feet –  There are a lot of different kinds of waterproof footwear on the market. Waterproof socks and Synthetic walking socks are great in some old trainers. Or some good Neoprene boots. 

PLEASE NOTE, IF YOU WISH YO WEAR SUNGLASSES, PLEASE DON’T WEAR EXPENSIVE ONES INCASE YOU FALL IN.

MEDICAL FORM

To help protect all parties involved including those who are using their own equipment please make sure you have completed our Medical Questionnaire. You are only required to fill this out Annually however must update us if there is any change.

MEDICAL FORM

Extra Info

Extra Info

What is Provided –  HIRE
All board rentals include paddle, PFD, leash. Additional equipment can be rented or provided upon request.

Safety
This is a self guided group paddle.

Please call on 07469799667 to clarify any restrictions to avoid disappointment.

Waiver
All paddlers must sign a waiver prior to renting from us. Anyone under the age of 18 must be with someone over the age of 18 to participate

 

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Reasons to support mens mental health

We don’t all paddle and all off load our problems, its not an intense paddle talking about how terrible we feel ( unless you want to) its mainly just men, talking about normal stuff that we tend to just bottle up, getting some understanding of why we feel like it and putting some perspective on the situation.

 

Some of us might avoid talking about mental health problems if we worry about facing discrimination for it at work or being treated differently by our loved ones or community.

Talking openly about mental health issues, including mental illness, can help break down these barriers. Discussions help us understand just how common mental illness is, providing us with opportunities to correct misconceptions and feel better about asking for help.

Maintaining a sound mental well-being is an important part of staying healthy overall and enjoying an improved quality of life.

For some, this might mean getting help for an existing mental health disorder. For others, this might mean taking steps to better manage overall mental health through healthy living and stress reduction techniques like mindfulness or exercise.

While the number of mental health issues is increasing, this doesn’t necessarily mean that mental illness is starting to occur more often; being more open about mental health could help explain this increase.

If we talk more about mental health, it could mean more of us may seek treatment and be diagnosed with a mental health disorder. Keeping discussions going about mental health likely makes us feel comfortable enough to recognise when we need help.

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What’SUP PADDLE BIO’s

Some of our regular members have kindly shared their experience of the What’SUP group and what they get from it. 

 

Jon Lee

Jon Lee

What'SUP Marathon Paddler

 

For me, ‘Stand up for 60’ is people coming together for a cause everyone can relate to. Life throws us curve balls from time to time and I’m passionate about creating environments where people feel supported to talk about what they’re going through. As a teenager, I went through the experience of losing a parent and put up an emotional barrier, as many men do in tough times. Once I began to talk about it, I began to realise the power of sharing my experience with others and I was able to fully grieve. Now, I want to give back to others, and have some fun along the way! What better way to surrender to our feelings than with the natural flow of the water, having some laughs on paddleboards along the way. I hope that this event can encourage others to support everything Movember charity stands for, raising as much as possible for the cause.

Alex Griffiths

Alex Griffiths

What'SUP Marathon Paddler

 

We all have been impacted by mental health difficulties and prostate cancer, whether it is someone we directly know or friends of friends or family. I’m no different. I’m fundraising for Movember this year not only to support my mates who are fundraising with me, but to continue the work we have started with What’SUP, advocating for men, getting men talking to each other positively and building support mechanisms. I’m a husband, a dad, a headteacher, life is busy, make time for yourself, talk, and exercise.

Jack Burgess

Jack Burgess

What'SUP Marathon Paddler

 

For me, I get on board with raising awareness of Movember as I know first-hand the negative impact not taking care of your Mental Health can have. I know how easy it is to keep my emotions to myself, therefore I want to encourage others to open up and be honest about how they are feeling. To get out in the fresh air, be given the opportunity of a safe space and allow Men the time to talk.

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