What can I expect on the day
Take to your paddleboard in Sussex and enjoy the best of both worlds with coastal and river paddleboarding available from the one location! This whole area around Camber Sands near Rye in East Sussex is ideal for learning how to stand up paddle board - so what are you waiting for…it's time to get your paddle on!
Paddleboarding is the latest sport to be added to the roster here at this centre near Rye. Located right on the beach (and we mean right on the sand of the actual beach!) this small and friendly school is run by a team made up of young and gifted instructors, many of whom are sponsored pro team riders and every one of them is passionate about water sports and, in this case, teaching paddleboarding.
Camber Sands and the neighbouring beaches around the Sussex/Kent border of Winchelsea and Greatstone are all perfect for the sport. Preferred weather conditions for paddle boarders are light winds and high tides and the Dungeness Peninsula is really flat, so it's known for thermal winds and very little rain fall - so the chances of you having your first taste of the paddle board craze under the Camber sunshine are pretty high!
This East Sussex-based paddle board school offers two lessons types. If you just want to dip your toe into the water to see if you like it, try the introductory session. This still lasts a good two hours, so you'll have plenty of time to learn the basics, such as paddle style and techniques, stance on the board, how to go forwards, backwards and turning, as well as safety procedures in open and in-land waters.
If you want to really give it a proper go, try the five hour river adventure experience. Once you've had a paddle around the local area and learnt the basics, you'll enjoy a guided paddleboard through the pretty East Sussex town of Rye and beyond as you pass castles, harbours and fishing ports along your way. The itinerary is simple. Two hours on your paddleboard setting off from near Camber in the morning, a break for lunch then another two hours on the board to get you back to base.
Why the paddleboard has become so popular around these parts of Sussex is easy to explain. It's a really versatile paddle sport that most people quickly pick up, you don't need to wait around for big waves like you do to surf and you can go for a gentle cruise around on flat water, try racing these things or even ride those waves when they do build in the open seas. Now that's what we call flexible.
You also only need minimal equipment. This Camber-based centre has invested in the best of the best when it comes to the paddleboards, with a range of Bic, Starboard, Red. Co and Liquid Shredder boards. A suitable one for you size and standard of riding will be chosen and the single-ended paddles are all height adjustable so it is comfortable for you to use.
If you've seen people out on paddleboards before in Sussex and always thought to yourself "I wouldn't mind having a go at that myself" then this is the ideal opportunity. Fun, versatile and a sport that can be as gentle or as gnarly as you like, we think a a trip out on the sea or the river on your paddleboard from Camber has got to be one of the activities to do in this part of the world. Isn't it time you got paddling?!
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