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Written By The Be-Rad Team


Why You Should Learn To Paddleboard At A BSUPA Recognised School!

Updated: Apr 22, 2023

Paddleboarding, also known as stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), has become one of the fastest-growing water sports in recent years. With its roots in Hawaii, paddleboarding is now enjoyed by people all over the world in various bodies of water, from lakes and rivers to the open ocean.

If you're considering trying paddleboarding for the first time, it's important to learn the proper techniques and safety precautions before heading out on the water. This is where a BSUPA (British Stand-Up Paddleboard Association) recognised school can be invaluable.

Here are just a few reasons why you should consider learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school like Be-Rad Watersports which is based in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex:

  • Safety first

One of the primary reasons to learn to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school is safety. Paddleboarding can be a very safe activity when done properly, but there are certain risks involved, particularly for beginners. A BSUPA recognised school will ensure that you learn the necessary safety techniques and precautions to keep yourself and others safe while on the water. At Be-Rad Watersports we'll cover everything you need to know for paddling in costal and inland locations. We cover information about tides, wind and weather, so you walk away from the lesson with a depth of knowledge and fully prepared for your first solo adventure.

  • Learn proper technique

Paddleboarding may look simple, but it requires proper technique to do it effectively and efficiently. Learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school means you'll be taught by fully qualified instructors who can help you master the correct technique from the outset. This will help you avoid developing bad habits that can be difficult to correct later on. We teach all levels, from complete beginners all the way up to advanced tours and wave riding. Learn a new manoeuvre such as push turns, reverse paddle turns, foot steering, trimming the board, step back turns, nose 360's and much more!

  • Build confidence

Learning to paddleboard can be a bit intimidating at first, especially if you're not used to being on the water. However, with the guidance of qualified instructors at a BSUPA recognised school, you'll be able to build confidence in your abilities and feel more comfortable on the board. This will allow you to fully enjoy the experience of paddleboarding without worrying about falling off or getting into other difficulties. Don't worry, if you do fall off, one of the first things we teach is how to easily get back on the board. By the end of your first lesson, you'll be a seasoned pro!

  • Access to equipment

Another advantage of learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school is that you'll have access to high-quality equipment. At Be-Rad Watersports, we provide you with a properly sized board and paddle that is suitable for your skill level and size. You will also receive a properly fitted buoyancy aid included in the price of the lesson. Having the right equipment can be especially important if you're just starting out, it can be the difference between falling in love with the sport or falling in lots!

  • Meet other paddleboarders

Learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school is also a great way to meet other people who share your interest in the sport. You'll be able to connect with fellow paddleboarders, exchange tips and techniques, and even join in on group / club outings and events. This can be a fun and social way to enjoy paddleboarding and make new friends. At Be-Rad Watersports, we offer different lesson types, you can choose from group lessons or private tuition. A group lesson allows you to book a single space and be put with others of a similar level. This can give you the chance to make new paddle buddies from your very first time on the water.

  • Explore new locations

Paddleboarding is a great way to explore new bodies of water, from local lakes and rivers to more exotic locations like tropical beaches and coral reefs. By learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school, you'll be able to access new locations and learn about the unique challenges and rewards of paddling in different environments. This can make your paddleboarding experience even more exciting and memorable. Be-Rad Watersports is based in Pevensey Bay, East Sussex. We teach the majority of our SUP lessons on the sea here in Pevensey Bay, however, we also have access to a number of sheltered locations should the sea be too rough.

  • Improve fitness

Finally, paddleboarding is a great way to improve your overall fitness level. It's a low-impact exercise that can provide a full-body workout, helping to build strength, endurance, and balance. By learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school, you'll be able to develop your technique and increase the intensity of your workouts over time, leading to greater physical fitness and health benefits.

In conclusion, learning to paddleboard at a BSUPA recognised school like ours, can be a fantastic way to experience this popular and exciting water sport. With the guidance of fully qualified instructors and access to high-quality equipment, you'll be able to learn the proper techniques and safety precautions, build confidence, meet other paddleboarders, explore new locations, and improve your fitness level.

Don't wait, book a lesson with us today!

Book online via the pink 'Book Now' button, located in the bottom right hand corner of our website!

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