"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure". 

Colin Powell

As we start to put the long dark nights and shivering cold days behind us, Spring has officially sprung, the clocks have gone forward and the sun is shining!

Red Snapper Sports launches its ‘School Of SUP’ on Monday 1st April, from its base in Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex. It’s our aim to make sure that when you decide to take the plunge (excuse the pun) that you do it safe in the knowledge that you are equipped to understand everything there is to know, so that you get the most out of your water based adventure!

Why have lessons?

When ever you take up a sport or hobby, that relies heavily on your cooperation and understanding of Mother Nature, you have to learn a full spectrum of skills. This ranges from understanding weather patterns, tides, hidden water dangers, techniques and who to call and what to do if you get in to danger or if you see others that are in danger. Red Snapper Sports will ensure that you are water ready, meaning that your level of skills and enjoyment will accelerate.


This course is aimed at adults who have never stand up paddled before or for people who have had a go but want to learn the basics properly and in a safe and friendly environment.

What will you learn?

Weather and Environment - The first part of your lesson will be about the weather. It will include what to look out for when planning your time on the water, using weather apps, weather forecasts, and what signs to look for when you are on the water, in terms of quickly changing weather conditions, which is a common feature especially on UK waters. We will also include information on tides and how these are affected by monthly lunar cycles and how they will affect your paddle positively and negatively.

Know your kit - We will go through the equipment you will need, why you need it, how to look after it and best practices.

SUP Skills - A short land based lesson will demonstrate the different manoeuvres as well as how how to carry your board correctly and then finally we will head to the water to put in to practice what you have learnt on land - including paddling techniques (lying, kneeling and standing) different types of turns, self rescues and how to fall safely.

How long will the lesson last - your lesson will take around two hours, with approximately - 60 - 90 minutes of this being on the water, depending on your fitness. Once you have completed your course, we will give you Red Snapper Sports Certificate Of Competence, together with a short hand book, that you can refer back to at any time.COST:

One to One Session - £50.00

Two people - £80.00 (£40.00 per person)


If you have purchase a Red Snapper Sports SUP we will include a two hour beginners lesson worth £50.00 with your purchase.

Paddle boarding lessons for beginners.


This is a one hour course designed to help you improve your technique and your confidence on the water. Our fully qualified BSUPA instructor will take you out on a guided paddle and examine your paddle technique, positioning, stance and much more.

One on One Session Only - £35.00 (Approximately one hour)


Red Snapper Sports prides itself in professionalism. Our courses are run by insured and fully qualified BSUPA Instructors. The course structure is designed to give you the information you need to get on the water safely, have fun and learn the basic techniques of paddle boarding.

What People Say About Us

"Hannah is an amazing instructor. She had my husband and young children paddle boarding within 30 minutes. And no one fell in!"

By Nerys V

"I had a great lesson with Hannah. just what i needed to get my confidence with my new SUP. Highly recommended"

By Tina V

Amazing quality SUP boards .. with expertise tuition from experienced, professional & friendly sports instructor . Totally recommend Red snapper sports 💯%

by Colleen FJ

Meet some of our graduates!


The Red Snapper HQ can be found in the beautiful fishing town of Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex. As the name would suggest, it sits on the English Channel, just five miles from Brighton, and the beautiful estuary of the River Adur. The area is renowned for its natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor pursuits, and it attracts a wide range of outdoor and water sports enthusiasts, including kite surfers, windsurfers, kayakers and paddle boarders. 

We teach paddle boarding from the banks of the River Adur, Shoreham Beach or Shoreham Harbour, depending on weather conditions and tides:


BSUPA (The British Stand Up Paddle Association) is a Not For Profit, Limited by Guarantee Company (Company Number 06576022) organisation and is run entirely by volunteers.

BSUPA leads the development of the sport through training/coaching schemes for UK SUP schools, National and International Championship events, fun SUP events and BSUPA provides third party insurance for its members through Bluefin Sport Insurance Ltd.

Sign up to become a BSUPA member for £25per year.  Discounts available for family, junior  and BSUPA recognised club memberships.
All BSUPA Memberships include:

  • Worldwide third party public liability and member to member insurance cover (excluding the US and Canada), up to £5 million provided by Bluefin Sport Insurance Ltd
  • BSUPA Membership Card
  • BSUPA Bumper Sticker
  • Discount on Neilson SUP holidays
  • Allows entry to all BSUPA sanctioned events with reduced fees for coaching  and development
  • Members web gallery
  • Quarterly Newsletter!
  • Play your part in the future of SUP in the UK

BSUPA- working for its members

  • BSUPA is a non-profit making organisation, established to promote a positive  awareness of the developing sport of paddle boarding in the UK and abroad.
  • BSUPA is working closely with a number of government bodies and  agencies to provide and increase access to both coastal and inland water to paddle boarding.
  • Building relationships with related sports National Governing Bodies
  • Development of dedicated training and coaching program which are  recognised by such bodies as UK Sport and AALA.
  • Establishing a network of BSUPA schools
  • Dedicated website for members to learn and share information, to be the  focal point of all that is happening in the UK paddle boarding scene
  • Organising and staging both local events and National Championships
  • Developing selection process for Team GB
  • BSUPA is insured to run national, regional and club events. It also has a sanctioned training system with a team of insured expert trainers.

1 comment

  • Hi. Do you hire out paddle boards by the hour. ? Thanks 😀


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