simply; Stand-up paddleboarding is an outdoor water sports activity where a rider (you!) stands up on a large board and uses a paddle to move through the water. With its roots in surfing, it has recently blown up into the fastest growing part of paddlesport.
Although Ullswater, Windermere and Coniston Water are all great paddle boarding locations, we have based ourselves on Derwent Water, the 'Jewel in the crown' for Stand Up Paddle Boarding in the Lakes. With its proximity to Keswick with great access to the water, along with its shelter from the wind, it is an ideal destination for your introduction paddle board lesson.
Derwentwaters numerous islands, beautiful bays and sheltered river mouths provide a stunning background for your stand up paddleboarding experience. With part of the lake a designated nature reserve there can be plenty of wild life around, so keep a watchful eye out for Otters, Kingfishers, Ospreys and other Lake Land wildlife as we cruise around the lake.
Hire a GoPro! Although we have always provided free photos of our activities as standard, we now offer the option of hiring our GoPro equipped helmet for only £15. We will then send you a DVD of the footage for you to enjoy at your leisure. Please book this extra service early, it really is a great way to remember your group and one of the Lake Districts newest activities.
What do we do?
Your instructor will help select the right paddleboard for you, from our selection of inflatable and rigid boards, along with sizing you up with the correct paddle. Once that is taken care of, and you have got into the quality wetsuit and buoyancy aid, we're off onto the lake. With some basic coaching and top tips, you will soon be getting the balance of the board, and putting the 'stand' into stand up paddleboarding! As we travel across the water, you will be given the opportunity to learn some harder skills, and various SUP board challenges for those who want them - getting wet is possible!
Meet at Car Park, on the shore of Derwent Water
Kit up with wetsuits, bouyancy aids, meet your Stand up Paddle board!
Get out on the water, some brief instruction and start gliding across Derwent Water.
Complete the session, dry out and warm up!
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The Lake District is THE home of paddle sports, and we can offer our groups half day and full day sessions, from a peaceful 1/2 day paddle around the beautiful Derwent Water to a more challenging full day river trip. Any of these options are great fun trips out for friends, families, stags, hen parties and anyone who doesn't mind running the risk of getting wet!