U16s Taster

This is our introduction to stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session for 6-16 year olds.

In this session you’ll learn about the equipment, how to stand up, safely manoeuvre a SUP and above all have fun, while earning your British Canoeing – START qualification in SUP, one of the fastest growing sports in the world!


We ask that parents / guardians / responsible adults ensure that participants apply a high factor, waterproof sunscreen prior to taking part in this session, as even on a cloudy day the levels of UVA and UVB reflected of the water can be high.

Because of safeguarding we ask that parents / guardians / responsible adults assist where needed with getting their U16 changed before and after the session.

Let us know if you want to hire a wetsuit, as we have some available for hire but will need to know in advance as we may not hold all necessary sizes on site.

If you’re not familiar with the site, we ask that you arrive 20mins before your session so that we can get you booked in and for you to get changed and down to the lake.

If taking pictures and video, please be considerate of others and refer to our safeguarding and use of photographs policy.

What to bring

The most important thing to bring is a can-do attitude and appetite for fun!

We have shower facilities on site and recommend showering after being in / on the water.

We provide top quality boards and all equipment so the only things that you will need to bring are:

  1. towel
  2. water bottle
  3. water shoes
  4. sunscreen (rec w/p F50)
  5. shorts / tee-shirt in summer
  6. wet suit in colder seasons (we have a stock of our own that we can hire to you if you let us know in advance)
  7. snacks / food


On arrival you’ll be met and checked in by one of the team who’ll explain everything that’s going to happen.

You’ll be shown where to change and when ready you’ll have an introduction to the kit and a safety brief, then we’ll head down to the lake, warm up and get on the water. Parents / responsible adults are more than welcome to watch from the lake side. If you’re taking pictures or video please be considerate of others and do not share images on social media of U16’s without the permission of the relevant parents / guardians / responsible adults.

During the session, we understand that different people learn at different rates and in different ways, so we’ll start slowly, getting you used to floating on a SUP and steering from a sitting / kneeling position.

We’ll then get you standing up, paddling forwards, turning and climbing back on.

We all fall in at some point, but the lake is shallow and we’re all trained to ensure you have a safe and fun time.

Due to the current drought conditions placing unprecedented pressure on our lake at Pinewood we have taken the hard decision to suspend activities on the lake until we get some rain. Find out more