Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons in Southport

SUP North’s instructors have been sharing our love for SUP for over seven years, so we’re very experienced at training new paddlers. Our mission is to introduce more people to this awesome water sport. We want you to love it as much as we do, so we only teach small groups and we use the best quality kit, including the latest inflatable all-round boards and lightweight carbon hybrid paddles, to ensure you have a great experience.

An introductory lesson with us on the safe waters of Southport Marine Lake will give you the skills and knowledge that you need to get you on your feet and paddling confidently.


The first 20-25 minutes or so will be land-based and will cover the following –

SUP origins and a little bit of history
Self Rescue
Stance and Technique

Remaining time is spent on the water learning to paddle on your knees, to stand and turn the board and looking at paddling techniques. There will be plenty of time to have a play and really find your feet – our aim is to send you away addicted!

If you’re paddle boarding already, and want to improve your stroke technique, learn to move your feet on the board, tail turn, prepare for surf or learn race techniques, we can tailor the session to suit you. Please get in touch with your requirements and availability.

Cost – £35 per person. The lesson lasts two hours, or an hour and a half for a one to one. Bring a group of 3-6 and pay just £30 each. Cash is payable on the day of the lesson, or we can arrange payment by card or paypal prior to the lesson day.


Covid-19 Lesson Update

While we are establishing risk assessments and protocols to safely carry out one to one lessons in the near future, Sefton council have taken a decision to close Southport marine lake for the time being, with the intention of discouraging people from visiting the town. Until such time as the lake is re-opened we are unable to offer lessons. Please keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

The paddle is a very important part of your kit so for the best possible experience we use a range of superior, carbon paddles on all of our lessons (although we do have a heavier alloy paddle on hand to demo)


Scheduled lessons currently available as follows –

Please email with requests for any other dates and we will confirm ASAP.

Wednesday evening 6pm lessons are often available, and other days and times are also possible – please send an email with your ideal date.

To book or enquire about a lesson on the lake please Email us

Please see our Facebook page for information about Friday social paddles from late April. Board hire for two hours is £15. We ask that you have either paddled before and have basic skills, or have taken an introductory lesson with us.

What you need to know

Lessons will take place subject to suitable weather conditions. Cancelled lessons will be re-scheduled.

Meet at the north end of Southport Marine Lake. Park your car free of charge in the Lakeside Church car park – PR9 OLA (we will give instructions for alternative parking on Sundays)

All are welcome from age 10. Children between 10 and 17 need to be accompanied by a parent. If you want to bring your child or children who are under 10 please give us a call.

In warmer weather a wetsuit isn’t necessary, although you can of course wear it if you have one. Otherwise lightweight, quick-drying sportswear is ideal (no cotton or denim!) or board shorts and rash vest. Bring a towel and change of clothes!

Shoes – for safety we require enclosed footwear to be worn. Wetsuit boots or water shoes are ideal, or old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet.

One to one lessons can be arranged if you prefer – please get in touch for details

If there are at least two we can also arrange a lesson to suit you at £35 each

If you get together a group of 3-6 people and book together the cost will be discounted to £30 each

You can give an Introduction to SUP lesson as a gift by purchasing a gift voucher here

To book a lesson please email us  including preferred dates, number of people taking part and ages of children if appropriate.