How to Plan a Coastal SUP
Learn to paddle the coast independently
Stand Up Paddleboard Camping Weekend
£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.
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.
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 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)
- Pre-order a Pasty for lunch £3.50
- Extra night camping
- Pub meal on Saturday night
- Wetsuit hire £10 (by prior arrangement)
Need a little convincing? Photos of the Roseland and why take a moment to read our kindly written by some happy fellow paddlers.
A detailed schedule will be available once the weather forecast is certain, usually the Wednesday before.
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)