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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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.

New to SUP? Let us show you the magic. Stand up paddle boarding 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:

Date (2023)Time
23rd April  13:00 - 15:00
4th June 10:00 - 13:00
17th September 12:00 - 14:00
15th October 10:00 - 12:00


Membership TypeCost
Southampton Sport Member £10.00
Mayflower Member, Sports Pass and Non-Member £15.00

If you have any enquires about course availability please email

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Paddle Boarding pre course information

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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