Learn to SUP!
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the worlds fastest growing sports. It's fun, offers a great work out incorporating balance, strength and flexibility, and is a unique way to explore our natural surroundings.
Milton Country Park is an accredited school with the British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) and offers plenty of opportunities for you to experience SUP, whether you're a complete beginner, have tried it before and want to progress, or you're an experienced paddle boarder looking for some time on the water.
Learning to SUP is easy and our qualified instructors will have you on a board and paddling in no time!
Please note there is a minimum required height of 1.3m
Find out more about our Ready to Ride and Born to Ride Courses, Quick Start sessions, parties, individual hire, Cambridge SUP Club and more below.
You can even book and pay for your lessons online, simply choose from the following options...
Ready to Ride and Born to Ride Courses
Adult Level 1 BSUPA Ready to Ride.
Alternate Saturdays, 10am-12.30pm.
£50 per person.
Children Level 1 BSUPA Born to Ride.
Alternate Saturdays 10am-12.30pm.
£50 per person.
As a guide we recommend 10-16 years and minimum height 1.3m.
These courses will teach you:
- Launch and recovery
- Setting up your paddleboard and leash
- Safe fall and return to shore
- A good, basic paddle stroke
- Different turn techniques
- Competance and confidence on the water
- Understanding the effects of the weather
Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a BSUPA accredited pass. This will allow you to hire a board and paddle independently at Milton Country Park's club and social sessions and at any other accredited centre in the UK.
*2018 sessions are now fully booked. We are running one extra Ready to Ride / Born to Ride course at our Autumn Festival event on 23rd Sept. See the festival web page.
Quick Start Sessions
Our one hour Quick Start Sessions offer you the chance to learn the basics of paddle boarding, including safety, equipment and basic strokes. Lessons are fun and friendly and designed for all abilities, whether you have no experience or just want a refresher session on the water.
Saturday morning Quick Start Sessions (45 mins)
Alternate Saturdays, 10am & 11.15am
£15 per person
No age limit. Min height: 1.3m
Group and Party Bookings
Paddle boarding is a perfect activity to enjoy as a group, whether for a Hen or Stag do, a birthday party, school group, Brownies, Scouts, corporate team building or simply with family and friends.
Why not book a session on the water then hire the Dell, our private party space, and dry off by the campfire!
Standard Paddle Board Party
6 persons plus one instructor: £120/hour
12 persons plus two instructors: £220/hour
*subject to availability and water temp (generally April-Sept)
No age limit. Min height: 1.3m
Self-led (space only) £45/hour
Campfire logs £6
Canoes are also available.
Other arrangements by negotiation.
For party and group bookings please complete the form below. Someone will get back to you as soon possible.
If you have been awarded a BSUPA accredited pass you may be able to arrange individual hire of a paddle board for use on the lake by prior arrangement.
Cambridge SUP Club
Cambridge SUP Club is an independent club offering sessions for those with a BSUPA Ready to Ride or Born to Ride pass to come and enjoy time on the lake.
This is an unstructured session to give you a chance to freestyle!
The club will develop a broader range of activities and social events as it progresses.
*Note you need to arrive by 8.50am as the board container is locked promptly at 9am.
Thursday Drop-ins 6.30pm-7.30pm
Occasional club sessions. Please sign up to our newsletter for up to date information on when sessions are taking place.
£10 inc. board hire or £5 with own board.
Under 16s £5 or £2.50 with own board - Must have a Born to Ride pass and be accompanied on the water by an adult.
Payment on arrival.
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Junior SUP Club
Junior SUP club gives under 16s who have earned their Born to Ride pass to let off some steam on the water. These are supervised activity sessions. Parents need to remain on the bank during their session.
- Fridays 4.30pm-5.30pm
- £30 per four week block
- Dates: June 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
- Booking in advance only, see below
- Please arrive ten minutes before your session time.
- Sessions are located at the pontoon on Todd's Pit. Follow the path to the left of the Visitor Centre, just a short walk from the car park.
- Wear clothing suitable for the weather. Light, quick dry items which are not too baggy are best, for example clothing you might wear to a gym or for running.
- Shoes are not necessary, but if you wish to wear them neoprene are recommended.
- SUP is a water sport and you are likely to get wet! Bring a towel and a change of appropriate dry clothes.
- Please note there are no changing facilities at the park. Changing is in a gated area on the bank. We also have toilets located in the car park and the Visitor Centre.
Paddleboarding at Milton Country Park was developed with the support of South Cambridgeshire District Council.