Learn to SUP Course

Learn to SUP Course

Learning to standup paddleboard ( SUP ) at Hove Lagoon, Brighton is the perfect way to start SUPing. Success is guaranteed. Everything is provided, all you need to do is turn up ready for a great experience.

As you become more confident a whole world of paddling opens up including coastal, lake and river touring, racing and even SUP surfing.

Your session will start with a brief on land demonstration of how to get up on the board and then it will be time to get on the water!

You will :

  • Go SUPing…success guaranteed… you will be standing up and paddling
  • Have a fun adventure
  • Learn new skills

We provide :

  • All equipment, including wetsuit, board, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Full instruction and training from a BSUPA trained instructor
  • Clubhouse with hot showers, changing rooms, lockers and a great cafe
  • Perfect learning environment of Hove Lagoon combined with the sea

Course content includes:

  • Kneeling and standing up on the paddleboard
  • Self rescue and safety techniques
  • Basic turns
  • Paddle techniques
  • Flat water paddling techniques
  • How to carry the equipment
  • Be aware of different conditions and the environment

More information:

Meet Standup Paddlers Billy and Gary and find out what they love about SUPing.

“I also find it can be my escape from the day-to-day grind!” One mans SUP journey

What is stand up paddleboarding

Success guaranteed or get a free session

I have always wanted to try Standup paddle boarding, but am rather nervous. I shouldn't have worried as the entire experience was perfect. The reception staff are friendly and welcoming and Robin, my instructor was very reassuring. I went from knees to feet on the board with ease, obviously with Robin alongside. And was manoeuvring the board confidently due to his calm manner. I can honestly say it was the best hour I have spent in a long time and will definitely be back for more. This venue is wonderful as there is a lagoon for initial instruction and practise but is beside the sea for the next stage.

Bingwray

Fantastic course to get you on the water and gaining confidence regardless of your experience. Thanks so much for another great experience.

Gillian Donaghy

I wanted to say a huge thank you to Harriet for the great SUP lesson. Harriet was fantastic at keeping us engaged and helped us all get going despite my early exit into the water! She soon fixed my balance issues and we all had a great lesson.

Rupert

My daughter had a lesson with Sian at the Lagoon last week, learning to paddle board, which she absolutely loved. The staff were really friendly and put her at ease and she was soon standing on the board and feeling confident. I would highly recommend the Lagoon to any learner and all the children were having a great time there. Thanks to everyone concerned!

Debbie Riviere

Course objective:

Lots of fun and you will be able to paddle the SUP with a degree of confidence in all directions on calm water.

Prerequisite:

This course is aimed at complete beginners. Non swimmers please advise us in advance.

Where:

Hove Lagoon, BN3 4LX

Suitable for:

Complete beginners age 14+ (Under 14 please see kids section).

Availability:

Courses are run most weekends from April to the end of October and some weekday evenings. If you cannot find a date please contact us.

Booking:

Book online from the dates below or call 01273 42 48 42 option 2 or email us.

If you cannot find a date please contact us.

Booking terms and conditions apply and rebooking fees are charged for cancellations made with less than 4 weeks notice.

 

Map / Directions
What to Bring
Water Quality
Cancellation Policy

Please aim to arrive at the centre 20 minutes before your session starts.

We have two centres in Brighton please make sure you head to the correct one. This activity takes place at Hove Lagoon, Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4LX. You may find the Journey Planning web site useful.

Cycling : We have a cycle parking area, don’t forget your lock

Car Parking : We do not have our own car park. There is parking within 150m of Hove Lagoon on Wharf Road opposite Hove Lagoon. There is metered parking on the southside of the A259 Kingsway.

There are residential roads opposite the lagoon which have small residential parking restrictions on them, please check at time of parking.

Bus : Brighton and Hove Bus company : Route 1, 1A, 6

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This service travels along Church Road which is about 3 mins walk north of the seafront. Get off at the Wish Road or Brittany Court stops. This service runs from Brighton Station. If you arrive at Hove Station you need to walk directly south to Church Road where you can meet this service.

Coastliner 700 service. Stage Coach

Train : National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950 www.nationalrail.co.uk

We recommend travelling to Portslade station (1 mile from us ) or Hove station (2 miles from us) Brighton station is 3 miles from us.

Coach

National Express run many routes to Brighton. Brighton coach station in near the pier which is about 3 miles from us.

What to bring

Swimwear: To wear under the wetsuit and impact vests which are provided

Towel: We have hot showers so you will need a towel to dry off at the end of the session

Bag: To put your wet things in

Other stuff: Suitable clothing for the weather on the day. Sunscreen, layers in case the wind gets up, anorak or waterproof jacket.

What not to bring

Valuables. We have free lockers in the changing rooms but better safe than sorry.

The water quality in Hove Lagoon is independently tested regularly during the summer season as part of the Brighton and Hove City Councils seafront beach water quality testing. Lagoon Watersports opened in 1994, since that date the water in Hove Lagoon has passed every test.

Independent water quality test results from 2017  testing

Total Colibacteria

Faecal Colibacteria

Faecal Enterococci

  • Natural algae growth occurs in the Lagoon. This algae can look unpleasant particularly when it blows to one corner of the Lagoon. It is harmless. It is NOT blue/green algae that fresh water lakes can suffer from.
  • Sometimes there is a smell. This smell is caused by the natural process of the algae.
  • Brighton and Hove City Council treat the water with an organic substance to help suppress the algae growth.
  • The water in the Lagoon is sea water rather than fresh water which prevents some common water quality issues that lakes suffer from.
  • The Lagoon is topped up with fresh seawater every few days.
  • The Lagoon is very shallow so the sun can penetrate to the bottom.
  • There is a high level of evaporation and leakage in the Lagoon.
  • The sea water that goes into the Lagoon meets all bathing test requirements.

Changing Bookings

When you make a booking with us we assign staff and equipment to deliver the booking. That means we are unable to offer that space to anyone else.

If you cancel that space we are likely to incur a loss.  We will have already made commitments to staff and we may have turned away other bookings. We are unable to get insurance that covers us for this loss.

We therefore do not offer refunds for cancellations. If we did not do this we would have to put up our prices for everyone.

Our cancellation policy applies in all circumstances including no shows, illness, relocation, transport failure and bereavement.

Course Cancellation Insurance
You can take out insurance to cover the cost of your course against cancellation through CancelSure. Guide cost is £12 for the first £100 of cover and then £6 per additional £100 of cover.

Our Advice

  • If you pay by credit card your cancellation may be covered by your credit card provider.
  • Consider taking out course cancellation insurance.
  • Your holiday insurance may cover you for course where you stay on our boats.

Please see our full Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation charges
You may cancel your course/event at any time. Written notification from the Lead Name in your group is required. Cancellation will only be accepted on payment of the cancellation charges as set out below. The following cancellation fees apply :

• More than 8 weeks before course/event – loss of deposit
• Less than 8 weeks before course/event – 100% of price of course/event

At our discretion, we may allow a forfeited deposit to be used towards an alternative course/event run by us or the same course on an alternative date. In each case, such a booking will be at the price prevailing at the time of re-booking and subject to an admin charge of £25 for courses over £150 and £10 for courses under £150. In these circumstances we offer significant discounts on rebooking within 12 months.

The discount is based on how much notice was given for the booking cancellation and non discounted course rates:

• More than 4 weeks before course/event  –  90% discount on full brochure rates
• 2- 4 weeks before course/event – 75% discount on full brochure rates
• 13 days  – 72 hours before course/event –  50% discount on full brochure rates
• 72 hours or less  –  25% discount on full brochure rates

For example if you book a course worth £200 and need to change the date of that course:

4 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £20
2 weeks notice this will cost you an additional £50
3 days notice this will cost you an additional £100
24 hours notice this will cost you an additional £150

Postponement by us due to bad weather
On some occasions courses may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates, no refund will be available.

On some occasions group events may need to be postponed due to bad weather. In these circumstances we will offer you alternative dates.
If you are unable or unwilling to accept these new dates then we will refund you the full cost of the course less 15%.

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This package is a great way to get into SUPing and save money

The package includes 4 x 90 minute sessions run on Saturday and Sunday afternoons over two weeks.

Everything is provided, all you need to do is turn up.

Just £59 – Usual price £135 – Saving of £76

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  • All gift vouchers are valid for 24 months.
  • Gift vouchers can be purchased for any amount.
  • Gift vouchers are valid for all the activities that we offer.
  • Gift vouchers can either be emailed to you or directly to the recipient.

 

 

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The BSUPA Learn to SUP Course at Lagoon Watersports:

  • Run by experienced and friendly BSUPA instructors
  • All specialised equipment is provided, including wetsuits
  • Run by highly experienced and friendly BSUPA instructors
  • Perfect learning location of Hove Lagoon combining shallow and flat water right next to the sea which we will paddle on if conditions are suitable
  • Great clubhouse with changing rooms, hot showers, lockers and a licensed cafe.