How to Plan a Coastal SUP

Learn to paddle the coast independently

Stand Up Paddleboard Camping Weekend

Price £175

£20 own board discount

18th, 19th & 20th May

28th, 29th & 30th September

Further dates available on request

You will learn as we explore the stunning coast of Cornwall at a relaxed pace.  Aimed at competent paddlers wishing to better understand the issues in planning a coastal adventure. 

Headlands, underwater features, useful resources, tides and wind will be studied.

There’s nothing like sitting on a secluded beach enjoying a snack, reflecting on the paddle with stunning views.
— Amanda Leonard
'You know when you've arrived'

'You know when you've arrived'

At the end of the weekend

You will understand the issues to consider when planning a coastal journey from 2 hours to 1 day.

You will put theory into practice getting involved in journey planning over the 2 days, devising 2 days of stunning paddles.  You will identify coastal features such as headlands which affect a paddle, examine equipment,  investigate how a weather forecast translates into localised sea state and much more. 

Visit our Blog: How to Plan a Coastal SUP to find out more about the course content. The 10 sections include Wind, Tide & Sea State, Emergency Planning, Research and what to wear.

While you learn you will paddle along stunning stretches of coastline, enjoying the far reaching views, spotting seals, keeping an eye out for dolphins, picnic on a secluded beach and hanging out with like minded people.


A bit about your host

The course is designed and delivered by Amanda Leonard - founder of SUP in a Bag.  Amanda has 20 years of experience on the water aboard canoes, yachts and more recently SUP's.  After 3 years of operating SUP Tours across Cornwall, Amanda has developed an in depth knowledge of paddle boarding the coast.  Amanda has Guided groups from over 20 locations last year alone, this continues to challenge and ensures a freshness, particularly with such variable Cornish weather, tides and swell. 

The Location

A weekend of escapism, wake up with the water on your doorstep.  Enjoy Cornwall, discover secret coves, wildlife and hang out with some great people.

Every weekend is different, paddle days will be planned to find the best possible journey in the given conditions and deliver plenty of learning outcomes.  All involve a sheltered route with far reaching views, a high chance of seeing seals, features such as rocky outcrops and caves to explore, and there's always somewhere stunning to take a break.

Treloan Campsite

Treloan Campsite is quiet with sea views and great amenities, you cross a field to the coastal path and a small beach.  Just a short walk away is Portscatho with 2 friendly pubs and a shop.

*Note if conditions such as a south easterly wind & swell rule out the Roseland the course will move to a west facing coastline.  The logistics will be discussed and agreed beforehand.


A weekend to remember

In small groups, there are options to further develop your techniques, checkout our favourite starfish spotting sites, wild swim and enjoy Cornish traditions such as a pasty lunch, cream tea and post paddle refreshment with a view.


SUP in a Bag provides

  • 2 day's guided SUP / practical on the water Coastal Journey Planning (6 hours / approximately 4.5 hour paddling)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard kit including a buoyancy aid (optional)
  • 2 nights camping (suggested kit list will be provided)

What's not included

  • Food & Drink (bring a reusable water bottle for the paddles)
  • Camping Equipment
  • Transfers to launch sites (let us know if you would like to discuss this)

Optional extras

  • Pre-order a Pasty for lunch £3.50
  • Extra night camping 
  • Pub meal on Saturday night
  • Wetsuit hire £10 (by prior arrangement)

If you have any questions visit frequently asked questions or contact us.

Need a little convincing? Photos of the Roseland and why take a moment to read our  kindly written by some happy fellow paddlers.

Typical Schedule

A detailed schedule will be available once the weather forecast is certain, usually the Wednesday before.

Friday evening

Meet and greet at the campsite, there will be a hot BBQ running (bring your own food) and plenty of time for introductions and any questions around the fire pit.

Saturday & Sunday

9.15 am Briefing & faff time

9.45am head to the launch site (if the conditions allow we aim to launch from the campsite or nearby)

10.15 am Kit allocation, changing and site specific briefing including a safety

10.30 am Launch


11.45 pm Break & Snack

1.00 pm Lunch

2.30 pm Break

4.00 pm Off the water & load up 

4.30 pm stop for refreshment (Saturday) /  Return home (Sunday) 

8.00 pm Saturday Pub Tea (optional)

To find out more about what customers say about their experiences with SUP in a Bag visit out Testimonials

For more information, if you are interested in a Group Booking or alternative dates contact us

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