Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Great for fun, great for fitness!

The popularity of the modern sport of Stand Up Paddle Surfing (SUP) has its origins in the Hawaiian Islands.  In the early 1960s it took its name (Beach Boy Surfing) from the Beach Boys of Waikiki who would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of tourists learning to surf.  In the early 2000s Hawaiian surfers such as Dave Kalama, and Laird Hamilton started SUP as an alternative way to train when the surf was down

SUP is so versatile it can appeal to anyone whether you want to learn to surf small waves, progress to paddling the open ocean or prefer the idea of a flat-water safari in a harbour, on a lake or down a river or canal.  Whichever you choose Saltwater Safari can help you have a great time on your own or with family &/or friends whilst giving your muscles & core stability a great work out!


Beginner’s Flatwater SUP

Our beginner flat-water sessions are delivered on Bude canal where you don’t  have to worry about tides or moving water so can focus on finding your SUP feet and looking out for the heron and kingfishers.

We will coach you in the techniques you need to paddle, turn, self-rescue and fall off safely – all part of the fun!


Flatwater SUP Safari

Once you have found your SUP feet and, assuming swell and weather conditions are favourable, we can take you on a flatwater SUP safari, helping you to explore the Camel Estuary or North Cornwall coastline from a totally different and awesome viewpoint.

  • Our maximum group size for a Flatwater SUP is 4 people.

Beginner SUP Surfing

If you want a different challenge then surfing an SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) could be your next achievement! It may look like surfing but, is in fact a very different sport with its own ethos. Skills are transferable so if you can already surf you have a good chance of progressing. Catching your first wave on a SUP is epic in its own right – never has catching small waves been so much fun!

  • We generally deliver SUP Surf lessons 1:1
  • IF surf conditions and number of other water users at a venue allow, we can deliver SUP surf lessons for up to 2 people

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Experience your very own Coasteering, Surfing, SUP or MadVenture in North Cornwall with Saltwater Safari

We run all our activities as private sessions Just For You to help you create shared memories with family and friends that will have you reminiscing about your holiday in North Cornwall long after you have returned back home!

In addition, we are affiliated to SLSGB as an Accredited Training Centre for SLSGB Awards and can of course run a training programme to help you / your team learn Surf Rescue Skills without needing to complete an award.

Our goal, whichever Saltwater Safari adventure you choose, is to help you

Have fun, Learn new skills and Face new challenges !

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