Thanks to my surfers and friends, Natasha Davies and Mark Hagger for nominating me and to the ISA, Surfing England, and the Adaptive Surfing Community for the friendship, community and support it took to get here!
Walton on Thames, Elmbridge, Surrey August 21-23 2020
8 SUP coaches from Ditton’s Paddle Boarding took part in the first Coach Rescue course since the UK lockdown in March.
Subjects covered included practical skills, safety, communication, risk analysis and assessment, SUP rescue, and First Aid.
The days started with theory and dry land practical sessions, followed in the afternoon by a lot of enjoyable water-based practical sessions in the surprisingly mild temperatures of the summertime Thames.
“It was great to be able to get back to doing what I love, helping people become safer coaches in and on the water and enable them to perform quality rescues in emergency situations. The students finally got the long-waited opportunity to complete the internationally recognised course and showed this in the way they applied themselves during the courses.” Andy Joyce
” Andy was a great instructor and all the students commented on how well he guided them through all parts of the course, with care and consideration. Nothing was ever a bother to go through again. They were all very keen to get going and practice their new skills.” Brett Scillitoe
Surf Steps provide this and other safety courses that are suitable for all watersports users, not just lifesavers and coaches.
Last week, after a long time in lockdown, the Surfing England Adaptive (Para) Surf crew got together on Monday the 20th July in Porthtowan for a long-needed team catch up and surf!
Blessed with great weather and easy conditions, a lot of the core team made it for the day with some new surfers joining as well. We also had the great surprise of Bruno Hansen, Danish prone surfing world champion turning up to say hi!
It provided a great opportunity to look at equipment, technical aspects of surfing, and renewing and developing the relationships between the group as a whole.
The day was arranged by Andy Joyce, Surfing England’s Para Surf Team Manager and Melissa Reid, Britain’s first woman’s World Champion surfer (VI) at her home break of Porthtowan. We were grateful for the amazing support by the following companies and people:
-The Wave Project for organisational assistance and the use of their beach wheelchair.
-Spike Kane and The Wave for the use of the prone board for Tash.
The team are looking at having another training session in September, stay tuned for more of the action!
If you are interested in finding out more and/or supporting the Para Surf team in any way, please do not hesitate to contact Andy ( +44 7941508531 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
In addition to the English course members starting their Judging journey, we had surfers wanting to improve their competition performance and students from Ireland, Norway and China!
Academy director Andy Joyce said “I loved running the Judging course online, it’s theory and interactive video based, so works well in the online format. I would thoroughly recommend taking this course if you’re anyway involved in competitive surfing, be it an aspiring judge or official, competing surfer, or even a parent or supporter of one”
A course student reflected on the course:
“Thought the course was excellently presented and the use of the zoom platform was a great option during these difficult times. The breakout room feature was fantastic tool, the ability to see the rest of the course attendees and chat in the breaks was great. Its safe and eco-friendly, means folks can join from overseas without the expense of travel. Worked really well on many fronts. I stayed for most of the heats after and my scores were within a few .2’s or .5’s of the on-screen scores so stoked with that, nice to practice!”
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Discounts available for multi-course and group bookings!
I can arrange other courses and dates on request, ideal for centres, schools and large groups. Contact us for more details.
20-22 Surf Coach rescue £295, Bournemouth
22 LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth
23-24 level one SURF £350, Bournemouth
2-3 level one SURF £350, Bournemouth
4-6 Surf Coach rescue £295, Bournemouth
5 LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth
6-7 Flat water SUP £295, Bournemouth
15-16 level one SURF £350, Bournemouth
17-19 Surf Coach rescue £295, Bournemouth
18 LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth
19-20 Flat water SUP £295, Bournemouth
To book, go to http://surfsteps.co.uk/bookings.php go to the booking calendar. Select the dates and the tab “get qualified” .
Please contact us for further queries or info.
Hi all! Just a quick info post about the upcoming courses this autumn at Surf steps!
17-18 Oct level one SURF £295, Bournemouth
18-20 Oct Surf Coach rescue £295, Bournemouth
20 Oct LG Proficiency exam (with half-day refresher training.) £80 (£120) Bournemouth
21 Oct Open water SUP £190
4-5 Nov Level 2 Surf Coach £395, Bournemouth
For further queries or info? Please contact us
Latitude N 63° 57.7013′ Longitude E 10°.11.3 3993′ Lofoten, Norway 9-14 August.
Back in March, Norwegian friends and SUP organisors Kjell and Eilen got in touch: “We’re looking at running some courses in the Lofoten’s, would you like to run them? The location we’re looking at is Unstad beach, a top surf destination in the Lofoten Islands, is that ok? ”
23-24 June, Klitmoller, Thy region, Denmark
The DSRF (Danish Surf and rafting Federation) Hosted two ISA one day SUP modules in great summer conditions in Northern Jutland last weekend.