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Academy of Surfing Instructors
Academy of Surfing Instructors

Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Lessons

Find out for yourself why SUP has become the fastest growing water sport worldwide on one of our sessions. Will you become the next SUP addict?


Whatever your ability, we have something for everyone - from beginner level to the more experienced paddler, wanting to improve technique. We also have Pay & Paddle sessions - bring your own gear or lend ours - and paddle in the safety of a group and presence of an instructor.

We use a selection of locations for our sessions though generally, we use a stretch of the River Dee, launching at Eccleston Ferry (2.3 miles from Chester City Centre and 10 miles from Wrexham) (CH4 9JE). This picturesque location is ideal as the waters are calm, there is wonderful scenery to explore and we will have plenty of wildlife for company. In the warmer months, we also offer sessions in the sea, launching from the beach at Penmaenmawr, just off the A55 in North Wales.

All of our lessons are restricted to groups no larger than 4 participants (except Pay & Paddle sessions which are limited to 8), in order to maximise your safety and also give you a more personalised experience. Sessions are delivered in a calm, patient, methodical and supportive manner, enabling you to feel safe and quickly gain in confidence.

What's included in the price?

We make every effort to provide you with everything that you need for your SUP lesson so that you can just 'come as you are'. There are a few things that you will need to bring along - you are of course welcome to use your own wetsuits or equipment, providing that all is appropriate for the activity.

  • Children must be over 8 years of age and accompanied by a parent

  • You must be able to swim 50 metres (if not able, a 1-1 session will be required)

  • Delivery of sessions is subject to weather conditions

         What's included

  • Wetsuit

  • Buoyancy aid 

  • Paddleboard

  • Leash

  • Paddle

  • Dry bag for your valuables

  • Changing poncho

         What's not included

  • Glasses retainer for sunglasses / glasses

  • Footwear (e.g. water shoes / old trainers)

  • Swim suit for under wetsuit

  • Windproof jacket

  • Towel

  • Refreshments

  • Waterproof case for camera / mobile phone

Paddleboarding lessons in Chester


Find out for yourself why SUP has become the fastest growing water sport worldwide on one of our 2 hour 'SUP ESSENTIALS' lessons, perfect for those who are completely novice or wanting to refresh their skills. SUP can open up a whole new world, meeting new people and visiting new places.

Session content

Our 'SUP ESSENTIALS' lessons provide you with the foundations of paddle boarding, with content including:

  1. Overview of equipment

  2. How to carry the board

  3. Getting on / off

  4. Positioning options on the board (prone/kneel/standing)

  5. How to use the paddle to steer

  6. Recognising hazards and how to avoid them

  7. How to fall off the board and get back on

Cost:  £40 per person (max group size of 4)
          £85 per 1-1 session



If you are wanting a SUP lesson just for you, your family or a group of friends, why not book a private session, tailored to meet your specific needs. You can even choose your own location, provided you have the necessary licenses (we will guide you about this) and are happy to reimburse travel expenses!

Get in touch to discuss your requirements - we would love to be a part of the fun!


Group size is limited to 4 people


Children must be aged over 8 years

Cost: £85 per 1-1 session
          £25 per each additional person

(Max. of 4 people)



Have you: 

  •  been on an intro to sup / taster session but want to try it a few more times before committing to buying the gear


  • had an intro to SUP / taster session but you want to have a potter on the river with your own gear but with the confidence of being in a group


  •  had an intro to SUP / taster session but not interested in buying the gear and just want to get out on the water from time to time with a group of people (including instructor) for a play


Whatever your reason, providing you have had a SUP ESSENTIALS / taster session (with SUP & Summit or another company), a Pay & Paddle session is perfect for getting out on the river / sea, with the confidence of being in a group and in the presence of an instructor. The sessions are also a great way to meet other members of the SUP family! 


Group size:   Limited to 8

Cost:  £15 - using all your own gear (inc wetsuit and BA)
          £10 - wetsuit and buoyancy aid hire         
          £25 - hire of SUP, paddle, wetsuit, buoyancy aid 
          £5 - buoyancy aid 



Have you learned the basics of SUP and now ready to improve your technique? 


Do you want to speed up, be more efficient, get less tired … and avoid injuries? 


Do you want to be better equipped to plan your SUP session according to the weather forecast and tide? 


If this is you, why not join us on this 2 hour improver session, launching from Eccleston Ferry, Chester. 


COST: £40 (gear included - just bring yourself)


PLACES AVAILABLE: 4 (max group size)

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