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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing SUP DSM – Course Details


Date and Time

Sunday 16th May

Friday 11th June

Sunday 27th June

Thursday 1st July

Sunday 18th July

Thursday 12th August

Tuesday 31st August

Saturday 18th September


Duration: 1 day

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 16:00



The course will be based at Taplow Lake but may also use the Jubilee River which is a few minutes’ walk from the lake. There is parking at the lake or Taplow railway station is 15 min’s walk away (3/4 mile)



  • Be a minimum of 14 years old.

Candidate Registration

You don’t have top register prior to the course, at the end of the course you will be asked to pay for the course certification, costs are as follows


  • £17.50 for members (UK or Republic of Ireland Resident)
  • £25.00 for non-members (UK or Republic of Ireland Resident)


Course Paperwork

Please ensure you bring with you to the first day of the course the following:


  • Your completed Individual Information Form and Booking Form
  • BC Membership Number (if a member)


Course Programme

The SUP Discipline Support Module is designed to assist participants understanding of the specialist discipline of SUP. The course introduces and explains the fundamental techniques and strategies for SUP paddlesport. The course is a mix of theory and practical activity.

Module Aims:

• Provide a background to the various disciplines within SUP.

• Introduce different types of equipment including the issues of equipment design, size and modification to suit all individual requirements.

• Introduce and develop the knowledge of SUP specific techniques and tactics

• Explore some SUP safety and rescue specifics

This is a really practical course thats gets you out on, and in the water exploring what SUP has to offer. It takes on very sheltered water, and there is no assessment just learning and having fun.

We will have lots of discussion on where SUP came from, and where it is going in the UK. This not a separate qualification, and is not a coaching endorsement, but may be used by an employer or deployer as a part of demonstrating your competence to lead simple introductions to SUP on sheltered water. If you wish to coach SUP then you should look at the BC SUP Coach award - we will discuss this award in depth on the SUP DSM however, so it may be an opportunity to find out more, and if the coach award is for you.

Personal Clothing and Equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat or working from the bank appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for each day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling/coaching equipment, including a buoyancy aid if you have this.


If you wish to bring your own board and paddle(s) great, but this is not absolutely necessary as we will be using a variety of different boards from the Engage Watersports fleet during the course. Engage Watersports can also provide spare clothing/equipment for those that may require it i.e. wetsuits, buoyancy aids and windproof tops but please let us know in advance if you do require any item.


Other Facilities

At the lake there are both male and female changing rooms which have a single hot shower within each. Please note we have a reasonably priced café on site that provides hot and cold food and refreshments, if you prefer to bring a packed lunch then that’s fine but we would ask that this is consumed away from the café area if it is busy. A water bottle/hydration system to take afloat/use at the bank side is recommended.


Course Fee

SUP DSM - £99



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Your course instructor will be Chris Beal. Chris is Activities Director for Engage Watersports and has been involved in the outdoor / watersports sector for over 12 years. Chris has coached throughout Europe and has experience in teaching a wide range of sports including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and Stand-up- Paddleboarding.