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Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Stand up paddleboarding for schools

Stand up paddleboarding has grown increasingly popular in recent years and is thought to be the fasted growing sport in the UK. It’s great fun and provides endless entertainment for students of all ages, as they try something new. We provide top quality paddle boards and all of the necessary equipment for a safe session on the lake. Students will be kitted out with wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets, before heading out on the water with our experienced team.


  • Master basic skills such as standing and turning
  • Participate in fun games and challenges
  • SUP in a scenic location in Dorset

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SUP taster sessions in Dorset

During our SUP sessions we take school groups to a sheltered lake, where they can develop the patience, balance and core body skills needed to progress from kneeling to standing up on the board. Our team will help the students find their feet and teach various paddle strokes and self-rescue techniques.

Once confident in the water, our instructors will accompany the group across the lake. Together they’ll enjoy a leisurely paddle where they can put their learning into practice and perfect their technique. Midway through the session our instructors will host a series of games and challenges. This creates a fun environment for students to bond and put their new found skills to the test.

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Learning outcomes

All of the activities we offer at Cumulus Outdoors have opportunities for learning outside the classroom. We can adapt our sessions to meet required learning objectives and tie into school-based learning where possible. SUP has a number of health as well as social benefits. Students will have fun in the great outdoors while improving their balance, coordination and learning new skills.

  • Coordination & balance

    SUP requires participants to refine their motor skills to accurately control the direction in which they wish to travel. Careful and considered movement is developed throughout the taster session as well as balance and coordination.

  • Confidence

    Spending time on the water can be daunting for some students. We work to overcome this and encourage them to push the boundaries of their comfort zone. With the help of our instructors, students will leave the session with a sense of accomplishment. They’ll have learnt new skills and maybe picked up a new hobby!

  • Water safety

    Water safety is of paramount importance in all our watersports sessions and stand up paddleboarding is no exception. Before entering the water, students will receive a thorough briefing about the equipment and what to do in case of emergency. Our highly qualified team will be on hand at all times to oversee proceedings. They can offer help and assistance whenever it’s need.

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Start planning your bespoke school residential trip itinerary today!

Contact us on 01929 422480

Stand Up Paddleboarding FAQs

Where can I find your SUP certificates?

If you would like to see our stand up paddleboarding information, including risk assessments, policies, emergency procedures, insurance and affiliation certification, please ask. You will be sent a link to our website with a password to access and download as much as you need.

Are you insured for stand up paddleboarding?

Yes, we are insured for SUP and we have £10 million public liability insurance. We are accredited by: Institute of Out­door Learning, National Coasteering Charter, Adventure Activities Licensing Service, DofE Approved Activity Provider and Learning Outside the Classroom.

Do students need to be able to swim for SUP?

Yes, students need to be able to swim 25m for stand up paddleboarding. Don’t forgot, this is with a wetsuit and buoyancy aid on which provides a huge amount of buoyancy. We basically are requiring them to be confident in the water and be able to move forward.

What happens if there is bad weather before stand up paddleboarding?

Rarely is the weather bad enough to cancel a SUP session. However, if we feel we need to cancel or change the stand up paddleboarding session, we will be in touch at least 2 days prior to the activity. We will however always do our best to deliver the activities as per the agreed programme.

What if my child doesn’t want do stand up paddleboarding?

During the SUP session we challenge the students to participate voluntarily, to push their comfort zone and test themselves. We operate a ‘challenge by choice ethos’, which allows the students to choose the level they are comfortable with.

What is the instructor to participant ratio for SUP?

The instructor to participant ratio for stand up paddleboarding is 1:10.

What kit do students need to bring stand up paddleboarding?

Swimming costume, towel and training shoes suitable for the water are needed for SUP. Please no flip flops, thin wetsuit shoes or crocs! We will supply a wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet. Don’t forget a rucksack for your clothes, snacks, something to drink and any personal medication.

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