Stand up Paddleboard Coaching

Stand up Paddleboard Coaching
British Canoeing have developed a discipline support module for those coaches who want to be involved with Stand up Paddleboarding and, in my opinion, it is one of the most sensible developments of the last few years.  Allowing existing paddle sport coaches who have experience of SUP, to train so that they can deliver SUP sessions in sheltered waters to groups who are keen to receive some coaching in this rapidly expanding discipline. 
Last weekend Tower Hamlets Canoe Club paid a visit to the Island and took advantage of the opportunity to take part in course.  St Brelade’s Bay was the venue but because of the pleasant conditions we were able to include a short trip around to Beauport, taking the opportunity to swap boards and paddles, ensuring that everybody was able to try a variety of equipment.
So if you are involved in paddlesport coaching and are looking for some professional development and the opportunity to expand your coaching remit then look at getting on one of the British Canoeing SUP courses which are running over the next few months.

 Sitting in the middle of Beauport, discussing some aspect of SUP coaching.  A rather enjoyable way to spend a Saturday

Exploring the possibilities on a SUP

Heading out from St Brelade’s

It wouldn’t be a course in Jersey unless there was a bit of cliff jumping.

Towing practice.  (Thanks to Shep from THCC for the botton 3 photos)

Friday morning stand up paddleboards

Friday morning stand up paddleboards
It is amazing how a sunny morning with light winds will encourage you to get out on the stand up paddleboards.  That is just what happened on Friday morning.  It was hard to believe that less than 48 hours ago the Island was being battered by a significant storm.
 Heading out on the early morning spring tide.
 With the high spring tide we were able to enter one of the small caves in St Brelade’s Bay.  One of the great things about paddle sports is the opportunity to do new things.  I first paddled in St Brelade’s in 1969 and up until today I had never paddled into this cave.
 Laurie entering Beauport
Beauport is possibly my favourite bay on the Island and today it looked particularly special when viewed from the stack in the middle of the bay.
Heading through the gap, back into St Brelade’s and time to refresh some skills such as rescues and towing.

Minquiers Adventure

Despite the broken arm, from yesterday, I was able to head to the Minquiers today courtesy of Jersey Seafaris and their RIB.  Located just over 12 nm of St Helier the passage south was pretty quick, at times we reached just over 40 knots.
The Minquiers are a simply stunning destination, which I love to visit but all of my previous visits have been by sea kayak, so it tends to be a two day activity whereas today it was all completed in a couple of hours.

St Helier
Leaving St Helier Harbour
Minquiers
Chester and myself were dropped off by the boat on the northern side of the sand bar.
Minquiers
With the open water to the north and the more sheltered water of the lagoon to the left.
Minquiers
What a fantastic day for March.
Minquiers
The first thing was to blow up the boards. They were just so easy to transport on the RIB.
Minquiers
The sheltered waters were an ideal learning environment and the weather couldn’t have been more suitable.
Minquiers
The main island with the houses on is just in front of the paddlers. Today we were not going to visit Maitresse Isle, we wanted to take advantage of the conditions in the lagoon.
Minquiers
It was hard to believe that it is March.
Minquiers
As we ate lunch we were probably the most southerly people in the British Isles, we were just south of 49 degrees north.
Minquiers
A great place to spend a couple of hours but all to soon it was time to head back north to the bright lights of St Helier.