Training Sessions


Starting from: Wednesday 01-April through to September.

Where: Branksome Deane Chine

When: Every Wednesday evening

Time: Start - 18:20 Finish - approx 19:45

What: Each session will be tailored to the conditions but the aim is to do beach/technical race training and distance paddling, rotating each week.

You don’t have to be a racer or have a pointy race board board or visor or stickers on your board to join in these sessions, but you will need to be able to:

  • Confidently paddle at least 5k in coastal conditions. The distance will be around 7k with a max of 10k.

  • Self rescue.

  • Swim back to shore in open water conditions.

Distance sessions: These will be split by ability and people grouped together so you paddle with people who have similar experience and speed. For beach sessions, we will all finish at roughly the same time so that no one is left behind.

Equipment: board, paddle and a leash for your board. If you have a GPS watch, please use it as you’ll be able to program in the sessions.

What to wear: the water is pretty much at its coldest right now so you need boots and if you think there is a chance you’ll fall in then you need a wetsuit. As the water warms up ditch the suit as you’ll get very hot paddling these sessions. Bring fluid if you need it. Please try to wear something bright so you are visible to other paddlers.

Please be ready on the beach at 6.30pm for the briefing.

Post session refreshments: Local pub and as we get further into the season we’ll BBQ on the seafront.

The session and expected sea conditions will be posted up on our Facebook page on a Tuesday night.

If you have any questions, please post up. It’s going to be a great season on the water. Please join in if you are new, the usual crowd are a great bunch and have years of experience which they are happy to share.

You must be a current member of Baysup to attend.