Stand up Paddleboarding (SUP) Anglesey & Snowdonia - new opportunities with Coastal Spirit:
The British Canoeing SUP Discipline Support Module (BC SUP DSM)
Designed to assist (aspirant) coaches and leaders who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of SUP. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and strategies for working with SUPs.
The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out. The module seeks to support the continuing process of good practice on the water, with the syllabus written to focus on people who are working with beginners.
This day can now be arranged as long as there is a minimum of 4 booking at any one time and at a cost of £80 per person. Contact to arrange a suitable day and date.
Assessing Provider Competence
The new Paddlesport instructor award goes live in January 2019. SUPs will be part of the syllabus and therefore providers need to have enough experience of SUPs to deliver on the course and also show they are personally competent. There are various options for them to demonstrate their competence of which one is an assessment of their skills and knowledge by a BC SUP DSM provider.
Roger is a BC SUP DSM provider, so is able to assess a providers competence. Contact for more information.
Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (British Canoeing qualification)
Theory and practicable application of a tidal plan. Two days which depending on the weather could be one full day of theory and then the 2nd on the water or two half days. Either way you will leave with a clearer understanding and greater confidence. More info soon!
About Roger and SUP!
Roger properly began SUP, back in March 2016. Partly because he enjoys learning and new challenges. The fresh higher perspective surprised him, there was less gear and on those blue sky days, wearing only shorts and a rash vest provided a sense of freedom. Paddleboarding was also a good work out for the core and legs.
His playground ended up being the Swellie's on the Menai Straits (the area between Britainia and Menai Bridge) which was easy to access and provided areas of confused water and current. On other windier days he always had the sweat water of Llyn Padarn, inland, as this short film shows. This allowed Roger to develop his skills, take many swims and ultimately improve his balance!
However It wasn't long until he started to see what he could do, from a distance perspective and exploring new coastal, off shore and qualification based challenges. Below are a few of these with a couple of links to articles and short films:
Watch this space for more SUP adventures in 2018!
"I've just completed a two day 4* Sea kayak training course with Roger. Having been coached by Roger in the past, I choose to do this course with Roger because I knew I would get a great deal from the course. My expectations were certainly well and truly met"
"There are a number of wonderful things about Roger. He has a very light touch in his coaching, and he's always smiling and encouraging you to relax into the enjoyment of the day"
"And I'm probably learning more from his mentoring now, as my paddling horizons expand, than ever before. I can't count how many questions I've asked... and he's answered. Roger has the knack of making that suggestion that radically changes your thinking and moves your paddling on in leaps and bounds."