Do I need to be able to swim?
Yes, we do recommend that you are comfortable swimming unaided in lightweight clothing,
and are confident in the water.
What should I wear?
Depending on the time of year this may differ. In the summer most paddlers are happy in lightweight shorts and t-shirt, or gym clothing. We recommend wearing a thin soled shoe or beach slipper on foot, as this will give you a better feel of the board and improve balance.
During the winter months we recommend wetsuits and wetsuit boots,
sometimes adding hats and windproof layers as well.
Are your instructors certified and insured?
We are a certified school with BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddle Board Association).
All of our instructors are BSUPA Level 1 qualified, and are overseen by at least one Level 2 instructor.
We also hold public liability insurance for all the sessions we teach.
Can anyone take pictures of my session on the water?
You are more than welcome to bring a phone in a waterproof case on the water with you but we hold no responsibility for its safety! Often these cases are fantastic at protecting devices, but there is never a complete guarantee. All our instructors will be happy to take pictures if requested.
Are there any upper or lower age limits for paddle boarding and kayaking?
We recommend that children using their own equipment need to be at least 8 years old.
All under 18's must have a parent on the water during the session.
It is possible to take younger children in the front of a double kayak with a parent
but they must be able to fit securely into a buoyancy aid.
There is no upper limit as long as you are fit and healthy.
Do you cater for more advanced paddlers too?
Absolutely, there is always room to improve!
We can run advanced 1-1 sessions, as well as the Improver Session or SUP on the Sea
to help develop your techniques.
Will I get wet? Shall I bring dry clothes and a towel? Is there anywhere to change?
We can never guarantee that you will stay dry, but it does often happen.
We recommend having a change of clothes and a towel with you just in case.
We don’t have our own dedicated changing facilities at Keyhaven so all changing is done at the public facilities in the car park. These are well maintained and have separate cubicles with plenty of space.
Where shall I park at Keyhaven?
Keyhaven has a Pay & Display car park which can be found using post code SO41 0TR. Being such a popular area, it can get very busy during summer periods
so we recommend leaving plenty of time before your session to park.
If you have any other questions please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help.