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Sport and Wellbeing

Paddlesport Courses

British Canoeing Paddlesport Awards

Kayaking and Canoeing are two environmentally friendly ways to get fit and have fun exploring. Sport and Wellbeing are proud to offer British Canoeing Paddle Start Award taster sessions as well as British Canoeing Paddle Discover and Explore award courses run from the University Watersports centre.

Kayaking on the River Itchen
Kayaking on the River Itchen

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Stand Up Paddleboarding

These sessions are perfect if you want to practice your skills or just have some fun. Suitable for families, friends and individuals! During our 60 minute sessions, you’ll get a quick demo on how to paddle before you make your way out onto the River Itchen. Ages 8-11 must be ON the water with an adult. You must be able to swim 25m. A buoyancy aid that must be worn. Wetsuits can be hired for an additional cost. We provide the equipment. You will need to bring:-

The river Itchen is a beautiful and tranquil place to paddle. You will see all sorts of wildlife and can paddle past the tree lined shore. Within the hour session, it is possible to paddle to the Woodmill and even stop for a cup of coffee.

Summer Festival

We are hosting free paddleboard sessions during the Summer Festival.

DateTime
13th June 2022 10:00 - 11:00
15th June 2022 11:00 - 12:00
17th June 2022 14:00 - 15:00

These sessions are for students only. If you do not have a Sport and Wellbeing membership you will need a free Student Sports Pass to sign up for the paddleboard sessions.

Book paddleboard sessions

Why not come and try out a kayak, canoe or SUP and see what you think.  This two hour session is an informal introduction to the sport. 

Dates Times
Dates to follow 10:00-12:00
Dates to follow 13:00-15:00

Costs:  

Membership TypePrice Of Course
Full Sportwel Member £TBC
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student* £TBC
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-Member £TBC

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton of Southampton Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk.

To book call 023 8059 2119 or in person at the Jubilee Sports Centre.

This one day course is aimed as an introduction to the sport showing you the basic techniques for the craft of your choice.  No previous paddling experience is required and by the end of the day you should be able to understand how to steer and propel a kayak and not be bumping into other river users all of the time!

Dates Times
Dates to follow 09:30-16:30

Costs:  

Membership TypePrice Of Course
Full Sportwel Member £TBC
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student* £TBC
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-Member £TBC

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton of Southampton Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk

To book call 023 8059 2119 or in person at the Jubilee Sports Centre, alternatively book online here.

After completion of your Paddle Discover Award plus some practice, take a course where you can start to hone in your skills using the paddle craft or your choice and also undertake a couple of river trips from our Watersports Centre base.  This course is spread over 2 days and aims to give paddlers greater confidence and independence as well as help to improve your paddling skills and allows you to explore a bit more of the River Itchen.

Dates Times
Dates to follow 09:30-16:30

Costs:  

Membership TypePrice Of Course
Full Sportwel Member £TBC
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student* £TBC
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-Member £TBC

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton of Southampton Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk


To book call 023 8059 2119 or in person at the Jubilee Sports Centre, alternatively book online here.

 

Fancy a paddle down the river to a rewarding dinner or light refreshment at a local waterside bar or restaurant? If you have some experience paddling and want to go exploring the rivers of Southampton, these trips are perfect for you. Trips are planned to work with the tides to make paddling as easy as possible.

For further details and opportunities, please contact sportandwellbeing@southampton.ac.uk

 

New to SUP? Let us show you the magic. Stand up paddleboarding is fun, safe and everyone needs to try it once. Learn the basics of the strokes and be standing up and paddling by the end of the session. The river Itchen is a fantastic location to learn to paddle board. It is a sheltered and protected area with abundant wildlife. We have options on paddling the tidal side of the river or North of the Woodmill on the freshwater river.

What’s included:

  • Water safety briefing
  • Paddling kneeling down
  • Paddling standing up
  • Basic paddling – forwards, backwards and turning
  • Launching safely
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Top instruction from our passionate guides
  • Small group sizes (6 maximum)
                 Dates                              Time             
30th April 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00 
14th May 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
4th June 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
18th June 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
2nd July 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
16th July 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
30th July 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
13th August 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
27th August 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
10th September 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00
8th October 2022 10:00-12:00 OR 13:00-15:00

Costs:

        Membership Type         Cost    
Full Sportwel Member       £10.00    
Uni of Southampton or Solent Uni Student*      £10.00    
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-member      £15.00    

*In order to claim the student discount you will need to provide proof of your student status. Please email proof that you are currently enrolled on a course in the current academic year at the University of Southampton of Southampton Solent University to watersports@southampton.ac.uk

To book call 023 8059 2119 or book in person at the Jubilee Sports Centre or book online here.

Course Cancellations/Transfers

We retain the right to cancel a date and transfer your booking or offer you a refund if the weather is unsuitable to run the course on the basis of health and safety. As part of this decision we will be looking at wind, temperature and sea state. Where possible we will give you 24 hours’ notice when a clear and accurate weather forecast comes through.

On the rare occurrence of staff sickness we will endeavour to cover the staff shortage and continue to run the course. This would also be grounds for a refund or date transfer.

For most of our watersports courses we have a minimum ratio of 1:3. Where possible we will always endeavour to run a course but if we are below ratio we may have to transfer you onto a future booking.

 The bookee cancelling the booking

Over 7 days before the course: We are happy to offer a full refund or transfer your booking to another date upon request.

Over 48 hours before the course: We will give a full refund upon the presentation of a current doctor’s note.

Less than 48 hours before the course: We are not able to offer a refund

Please note that the time period stated refers to start of the day, not the start of the course.  All refunds are limited to course fees only.  If you book local accommodation, you may choose to take out cancellation/holiday insurance.

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