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My Paddle Board Lesson

Congratulations on booking your Paddle Board beginners lesson.

We have put together some information we hope will answer your questions, however, if there is anything unanswered please just drop Lee a message or give us a call.

The River Garden

Locaton

The River Garden, 36 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0EQ

Our lessons are held at the River Garden on Yarmouth Road. A great location right on the River Yare –   The perfect place to initially get to know your equipment and plenty of space to practice. 

Medical Form

Please make sure this is completed prior to your lesson

Some answers to your questions…

What to wear in warmer weather?

Spring can be a temperamental yet beautiful season. Full of life and those bright green buds on trees with blossom and spring bulbs helping to brighten our days. however….. don’t be fooled. The sun has had little time to warm up our waters. The air maybe warm, but the river will be cold.

When paddle boarding there are quite a few choices from Wetsuits, Neoprene layers all the way up to Dry Suits.

If you feel you might be falling in a bit into cold water, we would suggest a wetsuit and we do have some to hire if need be. However, we are aiming for you not to fall in on our flat water leisure paddling lesson so we take a different view on this. Wetsuits were designed for ‘in water’ water sports and not designed to be ‘on top’ of the water. This therefore can cause paddle boarders to get over hot, sweaty or just feel uncomfortable.

Other options are;

  • Neoprene or Quickdry Leggings/sports gear
  • Neoprene / Thermal / Quick dry long or short sleeve tops with sun protection
  • Neoprene Jacket, Windstopper Jacket, Quick Dry Jackets and Hoodies for when its got a bit chilly
  • Neoprene boots or shoes / old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet

 

What to wear in colder weather?

The Water can be very cold even though it maybe sunny outside so remember that. Again the trick is layers you can remove and trying to keep the wind off any parts of you that get wet. Wind chill can be cold and uncomfortable.

You will be given a 30l dry bag to out any layers in you want to take with you on your lesson.

  • Layers –  Synthetic based tee’s/ hoodie/ jumpers 
  • 7mm wetsuit boots 
  • Short Sleeve Wetsuit (long John) or Neoprene Leggings
  • Thermal / Wicking Top, this can be worn over or under your long john depending if you might want to remove it
  • 2nd thermal or Neoprene top if you wish
  • Neoprene Jacket or Windstopper Jacket
  • An optional extras is Windstopper Trousers over your leggings
  • Neoprene Beanie/warm hat
  • Neoprene Glove or Mitts
What else to bring.
  • Something to change into in case you get wet or warm clothes layers to put over you after you get out
  • Water
  • Suncream for those sunny days
  • Sunglasses( please note we take no responsibility if you loose these or they fall off, so make sure they are secured to your person)
  • Snacks for the journey home 
  • Towel ( Just in case)
Lesson Content

We will be covering the following:

  • Your equipment
  • How to get on the board
  • How to stand up
  • How to turn
  • How to self rescue if you fall off

After that we will then go for a little paddle journey giving you time to practice. 

 

How long is the lesson?

The Lesson will last approx 1.5 hours with then a half hour paddle at the end giving you loads of time to practice. This will all be  depending on how the weather is as well.

Are there changing facilites

We currently don’t have any changing facilities on site. There are toilets in the Pub however. 

Want to record your adventure? download the Paddle Logger app.

All you have to do is, hit go and paddle.

What 3 Words is a great App to download before your adventure. This can be used to help the emergency services locate you if you get into trouble.

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