Beginner Group Paddleboard Lessons


Start your paddleboarding adventure with some fun Paddleboard Lessons.

Come and join our fun and friendly instructors Al and/or Roger for a 1.5 hour “Getting Started”  lesson on the river.

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Paddleboard Lessons

Your Paddleboard lesson will include a short briefing to introduce you to each item of equipment and give a short demo on how to use it.  We will then get you on a paddleboard and teach you how to paddle in a straight line and turn the board while kneeling down.  When you’re ready, we will teach you how to stand up!

The paddleboard lesson will include a paddle up the river to Bathford. During that time, you can practice the techniques you’ve learnt and enjoy the delights and tranquil nature of paddleboarding on the wonderful River Avon.

We have a range of paddleboards available to try, so if you are thinking of getting a board, then this is an ideal opportunity to understand what type best suits your needs and to try some out.

By the end of the paddleboard lesson, you will have the skills to enjoy a safe paddle with friends on the river and have all your paddleboard questions answered.

Below are some of the common questions we get asked about our paddleboard lessons:-

Can children attend the paddleboard Lessons?

Yes.  However, all under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

I am worried I won’t be able to stand up.  Can you help?  

Everyone starts by kneeling on the board and we will help you stand up when you are ready.

There are several ways to do it, depending on your flexibility and age and we can work through the options with you until we find one that works.

The session will also be fun if you do it kneeling for the whole time!

My Children can already paddleboard but I cannot – would a lesson still work for us?

Children are much lighter, have a lower centre of gravity and have no fear!  They take to paddleboarding fast, and it is a pleasure to watch, unless you are the parent still learning to stand up on the board!

Don’t worry. We will give them techniques to practice while we help you master the basics.  By the end of the lesson, you will all be paddling together and safely having fun on the river as a family.  You may also like to check out our special Family Paddleboarding Session instead of a lesson

Do you need to be a good swimmer to attend paddleboard lessons?

Let’s be honest, learning to paddleboard does sometimes mean that you will fall in!

All our lessons require you to wear the supplied buoyancy aid so you can enjoy the experience of falling in as much as you enjoy standing up!

No swimming is required!

What should I wear to the paddleboard lessons?

Something that is comfortable and will remain comfortable when wet.  We also recommend a windproof top if it is windy so that you will stay warm if you get wet.

You will need shoes on until you get to the jetty but whether you wear them on the board or not is up to you.

Are there changing facilities?

No.  Please come dressed and ready for the event and bring a big towel or change robe for the end.

Are there toilets?

Yes – there are public toilets in the car park next to our jetty.  They take a single 20p coin.

5 star google review

“Really enjoyable introductory paddle boarding session in a beautiful location with knowledgeable instructors. My 12 year old son and myself had a fantastic time! 😀” – Phil


5 star google review

“Really, really great fun out on the river. Felt safe all the time with great coaching from Roger and Al. Definitely recommend Launch Point. Friendly, fun and professional.” – Fionnuala

5 star google review

“Would give more stars if I could lol. First-time paddle boarding and felt this was well managed and fun. It took me a while to actually stand and stay stood without getting soaked, but with Roger’s help we got there in the end, definitely looking into doing it again.” – Stephen

If you are looking to book a family for lessons, then our Family Paddleboard Session may be better value for you or if you prefer to learn in private, check out our Paddleboard Coaching.


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