1 to 1 Lesson on SUP

A guided lesson to practice the paddling skill of your choice. Choose to take out a kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. Our paddlesport instructors will be there to guide you through skill development and training.

Contact us via our contact page if you want to book a lesson with one of our instructor team midweek as we usually have availability
Suitable for ages 12+ Anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied by an adult 21 years and over. 
1.5 hours tuition to develop your skills + 30 minutes to test out what you've learned.
  • Craft
  • Equipment
  • Buoyancy Aid
  • Dry Bag (if needed)
  • Instructor
What you will need to bring?

Bring comfortable clothing such as gym wear, shorts, a t-shirt or wetsuit, along with a pair of water shoes, or old trainers. Bring a towel and a change of clothes. No special equipment or clothing is required.

Lesson Details

These sessions are deisgned to help participants improve skills, fix bad habits and receive guidance from our qualified coaches to develop their skillsets.



Here at Canoe Trail, we have one of the largest fleets of canoes, kayaks, and SUP’s in the country including a range of different shapes, formats, and designs. We offer coaching for all abilities, including a range of British Canoeing courses. We have a range of paddlesport courses, If you need a bespoke course such as a group introduction to bigger moving water or expedition training then please contact us. We can also provide specific tuition and coaching for: Basic Sea Kayaking Skills / Kayak Racing Skills / Canoe Racing Skills / SUP Fitness and Core Skills / Expeditions Training / Rescues and Ropework.



When out on the water with Richard Harpham, he was fantastic at teaching and made it really easy to learn. I am a complete novice and this was virtually my first time in nearly 15 years that I got in a kayak.

After around 1 hour of teaching, I learnt how to get into the kayak, basic turns for left and right, reverse moves left and right, managed to slalom through wooden poles normally used in competitive sport. You also learn what things to look out for on the river: how deep it is, wildlife, fisherman, other boats and teaches you the correct etiquette.

The way Richard teaches is easy and if you listen, you will have a very enjoyable time. He likes to get to know you a bit and was great to talk to. If your not quite getting something, he was very good at explaining how to do it a different way.

Richard let me go off on my own and practise what I had learnt for the rest of my session. I managed to go near to Cardington Lock and then back to base where I was extremely knackered but felt amazing at the same time. The river is a great location to learn. It’s peaceful, everyone I saw or spoke to was friendly. The water is really calm. I now look forward to booking on for my explore qualification and to buying my own equipment at some point in the future.

-- Richard

My partner and I booked a 2-1 session last weekend with Richard. We had a fab time with 2 hours completely personalised to meet our needs and lots of great advice. Would highly recommend, excellent instructor and lovely location!

-- Emma


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