FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU PROVIDE SUP EDUCATION SESSIONS FOR ALL LEVELS?
Yes, we deliver sessions for beginners and all levels of SUP experience. We can tailor our sessions to suit your ability, ensuring you get the most out of your time on the water.
WHAT WILL I COVER IN A SUP EDUCATION SESSION?
We tailor our sessions to suit you. There's LOTS to work on during a session, which could include...
- Session planning
- Gear preparation
- Building confidence
- Fear of falling off
- Balance and stability
- Board control
- Paddling technique
- SUPing with passengers
- Lots, lots more
When you sign-up for an activity, you can contact us about any specific things you would like to focus on. From there, we'll come up with a session plan together.
WHERE WILL MY SUP EDUCATION SESSION TAKE PLACE?
Our sessions run from Howth Yacht Club in North Dublin. We occasionally from other locations and we can come to your local spot on request.
WHAT FACILITIES ARE AVAILABLE AT EACH LOCATION?
When you sign up for a session at Howth Yacht Club, you can avail of the club's changing rooms, showers, and toilets.
At other locations we generally we can't guarantee anything more than a grassy shoreline, a sandy beach, or a harbour pier. In those cases please use the toilet before you arrive, come changed into your water clothes if you wish, and pack some water/snacks.
WHAT SUP EXPERIENCES DO YOU OFFER?
We provide a wide range of experiences that take advantage of everything SUP offers. These include excursions, themed sessions, and SUP variations. Experiences are delivered in group settings, but you can contact us if you would like to arrange a private session for an individual, couples, family, and/or friends.
Our experiences are offered based on opportunities. When we spot suitable conditions, we will schedule suitable experiences. To stay up-to-date on what becomes available, sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye on our Experiences area.
DO YOU TAKE ADULTS (18 YRS) AND JUNIORS (8-17 YRS) IN THE SAME SESSION?
Activities are delivered as separate sessions for adults (18+ yrs) only and juniors (8-17 yrs) only. Contact us if you would like to arrange a private session with adults and juniors together.
DO I NEED MY OWN SUP BOARD OR WILL YOU PROVIDE ONE?
If you haven't invested in a SUP board and kit yet, that's no problem. We can provide you with the SUP board and kit you'll need to take to the water with us. Our supply of wetsuits is limited; if you can bring your own that's great.
If you have invested in a SUP board and kit, we encourage you to use it (provided it's in working order). Our aim is to empower you to feel confident every time you take to the water. Using your own equipment allows you to become familiar with it, and to ask us any questions about how it works.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
First of all pack a sense of fun and adventure. After that we suggest...
- A wetsuit or suitable SUP clothing (we don't supply these).
- Your own SUP board and kit if you have it. The kit must include (all in working order) a paddle, coiled leash, fin, and appropriate PFD. Don't worry about this if you're hiring kit from us.
- A bottle of water.
- Some suitable water shoes or footwear (neoprene booties or regular runners). This is optional for adults (18+ yrs), and mandatory for juniors (8-17 yrs).
- (Cheap) sunglasses and a hat.
- Factor 50 sunscreen to protect against sun and wind
- A drybag if you want to carry anything on your board.
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee a secure location to leave any valuables while you are on the water with us, so please leave them at home.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR ON THE WATER?
This is very much dependent on the weather, your comfort, and your ability. You may feel comfortable in a wetsuit, or lightweight sports clothing such as shorts/leggings and a t-shirt. If you need advice, just ask us. There's a strong chance you'll get wet, even if it's just for a swim. We don't supply wetsuits.
The wearing of water shoes (neoprene booties or regular runners) is optional for adults (18+ yrs) and mandatory for juniors (8-17 yrs).
You must wear a PFD (aka buoyancy aid, lifejacket) at all times when on the water. If you don't have one, we can supply one for you.
A hat and sunscreen is always a good idea, even in Ireland!
WHAT IF MY SESSION NEEDS TO BE RESCHEDULED?
Sometimes a session may need to be rescheduled or cancelled by us, for reasons such as forecasted weather conditions or low sign-up for group sessions etc. When this happens, you'll get a notification from our booking system with instructions on how to proceed.
If you need to change your session/activity, you can do so through your account on our booking system.
All our sign-up terms and conditions can be found here.
DO YOU OFFER STANDALONE SUP BOARD AND KIT HIRE?
We don't offer standalone hires.
If you sign up for a SUP education session or experience, we do have the option to hire a SUP board and kit for that session only.
CAN I PURCHASE A GIFT VOUCHER FOR SOMEONE?
Absolutely. There's no better gift that giving someone an opportunity to get out on the water. Head over to our gift vouchers area for more information.
CAN I BRING MY DOG ON A SUP EDUCATION SESSION OR EXPERIENCE?
While we completely understand the joy of having your four-legged friend on your board with you, we don't allow dogs to brought along for SUP education sessions or experiences.