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Beginners Introduction To SUP Session

Hickling, Norfolk
sup - Up to 8 people


You can rely on NOA to give you the very best tuition for you first experience of SUP as we are a fully accredited Water Skills Academy SUP School and the only professional SUP School in the Norfolk Broads National Park area.

In our Introduction to SUP sessions you’ll learn all the basics of SUP along with Safety and Rescue techniques that are quite often overlooked!

This session is the first part of a fully structured program to get you up and paddling before perhaps heading out on one of our SUP Safaris, or in order to further your own paddling skills by moving on to our L2 technical and L3 ocean paddling sessions.

It's also a certificated session, so you can prove you've done the most comprehensive beginners sesson there is to have in the Norfolk area - which when hiring kit in other locations is a great thing to be able to pull out of your pocket!

Not only are we professional SUP Instructors, but we're also keen SUP paddlers ourselves (some to a high international level) for over 6 years - therefore we really feel that we know SUP and can offer you the very best in SUP knowledge and tuition.


This is your first step in learning how to SUP and it applies to inland waterways with calm flat waters. Learn how to identify safe conditions, locations, self rescue techniques, equipment, paddle technique and more.

Sessions lasts around 2 hours which is just enough time to get you familiar with the safety side of SUP and to give you the basic skills in order to have you gliding across the water!


To learn to Stand Up Paddle with correct technique, confidence and to learn safety in enclosed flat water locations - which is essentially The Norfolk Broads.


Swim 50 metres (164 ft), without stopping - (if you’re a non-swimmer then please contact us as we can still teach you but on a 1:2:1 basis - contact to arrange)

Minimum age 14 years - no upper age limit - SUP is for all…!

Equipment Supplied

Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)


Coiled leash

Paddle Skills Learnt

  1. Enter and exit the water correctly from a variety of situations
  2. Paddle in standing and kneeling position with balance and confidence
  3. Identify correct paddling technique – 3 P’s - Position, Posture, Paddle
  4. Demonstrate correct method to change direction
  5. Demonstrate turning - back paddling left and right
  6. Demonstrate how to stop, safe wipe-out and dismount

Please note that during the current COVID-19 outbreak NOA and it's staff will implement a SAFE / CLEAN / HAPPY invironment and will expect all customers to adhere to Social Distancing rules of that time. Our rules will be availabe to read on the chalkboard located outside of the NOA office. Of course this is subject to change at any time.

What to bring

  1. Parking is anywhere in the car park at NOA HQ and Pleasure Boat Inn pub

  1. It’s advisable to bring a wetsuit if you have one and especially in the earlier months of the year, however this may prove to be too warm over the summer – but ultimately remember, SUP is a dry sport (once learnt) and the idea isn’t to go swimming!

  1. If you don't have a wetsuit then a few changes of clothes to enable you to change into - just in case of any accidents!

  1. Session to last approx 2 hours with most of that being actual paddling, so make sure you bring some food and snacks to keep you going - SUP can be tiring, especially when you're learning for the first time!

  1. Please note that we recommend that you don’t bring a camera unless it’s of a waterproof variety (waterproof phones or GoPro type of action camera in waterproof housing etc should be fine but don’t drop them!) or if you do make sure it's tied on to your body somewhere!

  1. Your instructor will however be equipped with a waterproof camera and will happily take photos of before and after of you enjoying your adventure.

  1. If you wear glasses or want to look uber cool in pictures in your sunglasses, please remember that if you head for a swim they may get dislodged from your head, so please remember to tie or secure them on in place.



Is there a minimum age requirement to participate on these sessions?

We operate a minimum age of 14 years old for these sessions - this is due to the length of the session, potential weather conditions and also equipment levels. 

Do I need to be able to swim?

Yes, due to the aquatic nature of SUP we ask that you can confidently swim a minimum of 50m unaided.

Should you not be a swimmer then we will still happily take you out, but this must be booked on a private 1:2:1 basis - please enquire directly is this in more suitable for you on:

Do I need any other clothing?

If you have your own wetsuit then please feel free to bring it as it can certainly help keep you warm especially in the early part of the season (March for example) - however in the warmer summer months you’ll probably cook..!

It is highly advisible that you also bring a change of clothing just in case of any 'accidents' - and we advise that you paddle in quick drying layers, so base, mid layer (fleece) etc - anything that closely relates to gym or workout clothing. Shorts or leggings are advisable and we advise paddling barefoot or wet shoes in colder months.


Cancellation Policy

Here at Norfolk Outdoor Adventures we understand that sometimes the weather can turn against us and also that life changes and can occasionally get in the way of us having a good time! Therefore we thought it fair to create this page to outline what our policy is on cancellations - wether it’s due to canceling/postponing trips and experiences due to unfavourable weather, or from a cancellation of a booking directly from the participant.

Cancellation due to inclement weather:

All lessons, trips, experiences are subject to weather conditions and availability of instructors/guides and maybe be cancelled or postponed at short notice. Should this be the case then you will be notified as soon as possible and sent a unique code which will enable you to re-book for any of our sessions in the future and will be valid for 1 year from date of the cancelled session.

Participant Cancellation:

Participant cancellations within 7 days of the date of the booked event are subject to 25% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations received within 24hrs of the date of the event. Only applicable to the original booking and cannot apply to any credit or voucher supplied as a result of the original booking.

Minimum Pre-Booked Participation Requirements:

As you can understand it takes quite a lot of organisation and planning to run our trips successfully, therefore we will only run our trips if we have received the minimum booking numbers to make the trip work on the day. In the case of this trip the minimum bookings required is 4 people booked on in advanceof the trip date.

Should the trip look like it will not take place due to insufficient bookings, you will be notified of it’s cancelation as soon as possible (5pm night before trip at latest) and as we don't want you to miss out - a gift voucher/code will be sent too you in order to re-book onto anything that you would like to take part in with NOA in the future.

Cancellation due to Natural Disaster:

As per our policy for ‘Natural Disasters’ no refunds will be offered if cancellation is due to an unforeseeable natural disaster or ‘act of God’ as quite obviously this is out of our control.  Specifically, in no event will we be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever without limitation arising from the contracting of COVID-19 Coronavirus whilst engaging in any of our activities and/or sessions and by agreeing to this you thereby release and discharge us from any claims and liabilities against us due to any COVID-19 Coronavirus circumstance which might occur.  We will of course honour your booking going forward and will offer you a unique credit code which will enable you to re-book for any of our sessions in the future and will be valid for 1 year from date of the cancelled session

View cancellation policy for Natural Disasters on our website including COVID-19 HERE

View full Cancellation Policy online HERE

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Norfolk Outdoor Adventures
£40 per person

Sat, 3rd Apr
13:30 - 15:30 · 8 spaces left
Sun, 4th Apr
09:30 - 11:30 · 8 spaces left
Sat, 10th Apr
13:30 - 15:30 · 8 spaces left


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