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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

WHAT ARE THE AGE LIMITS?

I sadly don't take under 18's in any of the beginners group tours at Wells this is due to the mixture of ability in the group and tidal flow...However I will take over 10's in a private group booking but would need a minimum of 4 people to run these at Wells...and a parent would need to be on the water with them.

I AM TRYING TO BOOK BUT I CAN'T SEE ANY DATES!! (ARGH)

I open up the bookings for Wells the week before (usually at the weekend) this gives me chance to see what the weather is doing so I can assess what sessions to run and when.  Signing up to the website is the first way I make contact with customers via news letters and emails letting you know whats on and when...if there are no slots available to book then sadly I am fully booked...but you do have a waiting list option so Id recommend using that.

WHERE DO I MEET YOU AND PARK?

Once you book you will get all the information but I get asked this a lot so thought I would add it in to the FAQ.

Wells Location: East End (Boat Yard)

What Three Words: Hugs/Earpiece/Intent

Wells Parking: Nearest Harbour Carpark 

What Three Words: Punters/Honey/Uplifting

Ely Location: Main Town Slipway (Tea Rooms) 

What Three Words: Powering/Backup/Flop

Ely Parking: Nearest Ship Lane Carpark

What Three Words: Family/Loaning/Neat

IVE EMAILED OR CALLED BUT NOT HEARD BACK :(

I am so sorry if you have made contact with me and I haven't been able to respond, I know how frustratingly annoying that can be.  I get a lot of emails and requests a lot of these can be answered via this page and as I am a solo worker and out on the water most of the day sadly I can't respond to all the questions...however if you do have a question thats not on here then please don't worry I will get back to you as soon as I can and thank you for your understanding.

WHY ARE YOUR SESSION TIMES ALWAYS DIFFERENT AT WELLS...I DON'T GET IT?

Wells is a tidal location and tides don't flow at the same time each day or at the same speed so we need to a make sure there is water or its more walking than SUP...we usually have water 90mins before and after high tides...so that dictates the time we go.  Also it may look like a stunning day with very little wind but we maybe on big spring tides and this isn't suitable for beginners.

MY BALANCE IS BAD, I'VE NO CORE AND I AM SCARED I'M GOING TO FALL IN!

These are some of the barriers to engaging in SUP and welcome to the club you are not alone.  A good instructor should have you you on the right equipment to set you up to succeed and also put you at ease.  


Its a valid fear we spend our whole life not wanting to fall it hurts and is embarrassing but I love the saying "what if I fall?...ahhh but what if you fly".  You may also want to check out 

ARE YOU QUALIFIED AND INSURED?

Yes! I am a Qualified with the Water Skills Academy as a SUP Coach (inland/ocean), Adventure Guide, Race Coach, SUP Yoga and SUP Fitness Instructor and have also undertaken the ASI Level 1 & 2 Instructor and BSUPA Level 1 Courses.  I am a qualified Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher and also hold a degree in psychology and counselling qualification...quite a few haha.  I am a fully insured SUP school with Curtis Marine Insurance for all the above.


WHO COACHES YOU?

I have been tremendously fortunate to of been coached by some of the worlds top SUP Athletes and current world champions (did I mention I was very lucky) 


I will continue to train and learn from the highest caliber of athletes I am able to and pass that knowledge onto you and make sure I am up to date with developments in our sport. 

WHAT SUP BOARD SHOULD I BUY?

Check out any forum and this question will pop up all the time?  My advice to you is:

  • Don't rush to buy one. Ok I know its exciting you've got the bug but take your time

  • Know what you want to do surf, race, tour, recreational etc

  • Try as many as you can before you buy

  • Get a lesson or demo day to try different types of boards

WHAT DO I WEAR?

It will all depend on the time of year and the weather. Due to Covid I no longer provide wetsuits at this time but will be doing next year. If you have your own then that is always best as they fit better. In summer I would recommend warm gym style clothing that dries quickly, a water/wind proof jacket I have these for your use if you dont have one. Footwear Id recommend is flip-flops or old trainers as there are some stones and rocks...you can then tuck them under your netting.