Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world – which is no surprise given the relative success rate of first timers ‘standing up’! The best way to get started is to book a beginners lesson with one of the providers of Stand Up Paddleboarding in Northern Ireland.
Introductory lessons take place on flat water and cover the basics you need to get up and SUP’in including all necessary equipment and are essential if you want to SUP safely and progress quickly. Once you’ve mastered the basics you can take advantage of equipment hire and enjoy your new found skills. There is also the option of improving your technique with intermediate and advanced lessons on turning and stroke efficiency and wave riding.
It is important that you feel comfortable in the water with a buoyancy aid.
Beginner's lessons allow you to develop the basic techniques, making it more likely that you will get to your feet with ease. Beginners usually start off on dry land to learn the necessary basic techniques, making it easier when you get into the water. After learning about the various conditions you can encounter, you’re ready to advance to board skills, paddling and other maneuvers. You learn how to fall off safely and this will give you the confidence to enjoy the freedom and exhilaration of standing on the ocean!
The use of beginner's boards and other essential equipment is usually included in the price of a lesson which can cost as little as £30 for 2 hours and you can often negotiate a good rate for a full week of SUP tuition or adventures.
Equipment hire is also available for those who no longer feel the need for lessons. Should you want to purchase your own equipment, a wet suit, a board and a paddle are the three main items you need which can all be bought second hand to reduce costs.