Important safety information for you

 
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Before you come

As a BSUPA recognised SUP school, your safety, enjoyment and successful paddling means everything to us.  This pages provides you with some important information, which will help you to get the most out of your Frangipani SUP activity.

You must be over 18 years old.

Our Beginners and Paddle Practice sessions are suitable for children but anyone aged 17 years or under MUST be accompanied on the water at all times by their parent or legal guardian. (Sorry but aunts, uncles, older siblings etc. don’t count.)

You must be able to swim 25m clothed and have a reasonable level of fitness and strength.  (For instance, you need to be strong and agile enough to pull yourself back onto your board if you are in the water.)

When you book, please do tell us about any medical or injury issues that you think may be relevant to you participating in an active water sport. If you are unsure or need advice, please just give a call on 07597 094233.

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What to wear and bring

If you have your own wetsuit or wetshoes, please bring them with you. Please wear/bring swimwear, a towel and a strap for your glasses if you wear them and a pair of old trainers, just in case our wetshoes don't fit you.  You will need an old sun cap and sun cream if it's hot, or a warm hat and additional (waterproof) layers if it's not!  Please do not bring jewellery, expensive sunglasses, electronic items and other valuables as we cannot secure them.  

If you are paddling in the evening you may want to bring your bug spray.

Please note that toilet and changing facilities are often quite basic.  We ask that you please do not get your kit off in public view!

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On the day

Please arrive on time (if you are late you may not be able to join the session or find that we have already left on our tour). Please comply with local parking rules and requirements and be mindful of any neighbours.  

You will be provided with a neoprene wetsuit, neoprene wetshoes, a personal buoyancy aid and a Frangipani SUP high-viz rash vest, to use during your SUP activity.  (If you are concerned about size issues, please call us on 07597 094233 before your SUP activity to discuss this in person.)

Before you start your SUP activity we will give you and ask you to complete a 'Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire' (PARQ) and our 'Risk Awareness and Confirmation Agreement' (which is normal practice for water sports activities.)

Safety information will be provided by your Instructor but if you are not sure about anything at any time, please just ask.  Please always follow the instructions of your Instructor.

You must never dive or jump off your SUP board.  Stay away from locks and weirs and never take a SUP board into a lock or over a weir. For safety, always please knee paddle on and off pontoons or jetties and when in shallow water.

Please extra take care when carrying boards and walking around our sites, as surfaces can be very slippery.