Stand Up Paddleboard
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Shustoke Sailing Club now has a rapidly growing SUP club, consisting of existing sailing members, and a group of very friendly SUP’ers. If you would like to come and have a look or join us, please pop to the contact or membership page to see whats involved.
Once you are a member you can either use your own board or we have 5 club boards. For SSC members, boards are free to hire for this first year. For further details please see the Stand-Up Paddleboard and Sailing membership page which starts from just £6.25 a month (£75 per year).
Anyone wishing to paddle on the lake must:
- Have your own 3rd party insurance. Available here, with BSUPA, (£25 per year for membership) or here for options, for as little as £12 per year.
- Wear a buoyancy aid, although a limited selection of buoyancy aids are available to borrow.
- Stay within the designated Stand-Up Paddleboard area of the lake.
- Adhere to the Stand-Up Paddleboard terms and conditions, as detailed below.
- Note: Current hours are 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, due to our race schedule and safety cover. Note there may be an hour break for lunch. Please talk to the OOD for details.
- Note: Additional use may also be available when the club is open with safety cover. This is generally on public holidays and Thursday evenings during the summer.
If a SUP course is something that you would be interested in, whatever level of experience you have, please get in touch with our training team who will be delighted to help. We have taster sessions on the second Saturday of the month through the summer so why not book yourself on one for £5 per session?
Please keep checking the ABOUT section for upcoming Stand-Up Paddleboard Events being held throughout the year.
Paddle Craft Terms and Conditions
All paddle boards must have a leash always connected to the user.
The Stand-Up Paddleboard must always stay within 10m of the shore and 4m outside of any mark, EXCEPT when at the far eastern end of the lake or when sail racing is not taking place.
Always keep clear of the Pontoon.
Only one adult is permitted on a Stand-Up Paddleboard board at any one time.
Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult, either on the same board, or on their own board.
You are not allowed to swim in the lake unless returning to your craft after an unplanned incident has occurred. (e.g. craft capsized).
The use of Stand-Up Paddleboard boards may be restricted or suspended during extremely busy times, inclement weather (generally when wind gusting over 15 knots) or during Sailing Open events. The OOD’s (Officer of the Day’s) decision is final. Stand-Up Paddleboard boards will not be allowed on Sailing Exclusive Open Events unless specifically identified.
Anyone intending to use a Stand-Up Paddleboard board must sign in with the OOD (Officer of the Day), before going afloat and MUST sign off when back ashore. This is important to keep track of who is on the water at any time.
Stand-Up Paddleboard boards may only use the water if any fee has been paid for that board, it is seaworthy and has adequate buoyancy and the craft is insured against third party risks to the minimum value of £2,000,000.
Departing or landing anywhere other than the Stand-Up Paddleboard slipway is only allowed in an emergency.
During the months of November through till March, all Stand-Up Paddleboard users on the water shall wear exposure proof clothing. For this instruction Exposure proof clothing shall mean at least an adequate expanded neoprene wet suit providing protection from neck to ankle or a dry suit providing watertight cover from neck to ankle
The safety of any craft and its entire management including insurance shall be the sole responsibility of the owner and / or user of the craft. The establishment of these rules in no way limits or reduces the complete responsibility of the owner and paddler, his/her craft and the management.
Stand-Up Paddleboard members can volunteer to do club duties however do not have to do any as part of their first-year membership. In subsequent years they are expected to do 2 duties per year.
You can only use the water when there is a rescue boat with the crew available and on station.
You must be a confident swimmer and under normal circumstance be able to self-rescue.
Additional advisory points:
Water based activities have an inherent risk associated to them which cannot be fully mitigated. Always ensure you are aware of the risks and have taken adequate precautions. If in doubt, don’t go out!
Where possible, always use a Stand-Up Paddleboard with a buddy either on the water with you or someone on shore looking out for you.
Keep clear of sail racing activities.
Be cautious when close to the bank in case of falling in and hitting objects either on the water surface or just below underwater.
Be careful in winds above 5 knots, ensuring you always first paddle into the wind so that you are confident you can paddle safely back to shore.
If you require assistance, generally stay with the board, and use the international distress signal to request assistance (Ensure you know what this is before going on the water.)
Try to clear the launch slipway as quickly as possible to keep the area free for other water users.
The usable area for Stand-Up Paddleboards while sail racing is taking place is the lake perimeter and the eastern end of the lake – see below.
Last updated 15:28 on 12 November 2023