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Paddleboarding, or Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing sports. It's fun, easy to get into and great for strength, balance and flexibility. At Milton Country Park we offer a selection of progressive courses to help you through your SUP journey. 

Minimum age 8, Minimum height 1.3m unless otherwise stated.

We offer gift vouchers for all courses for that perfect present. 


Quick Start - 1h

  • No previous experience necessary

  • Weekends from May


Our one hour Quick Start Sessions offer you the chance to learn the basics of paddleboarding, including safety, equipment and basic strokes.  Lessons are fun, friendly and designed for all abilities, whether you have no experience or just want a refresher session on the water.

1h session with basic introduction to the equipment, safety briefing with around 45 min on the water

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Ready to Ride/Born to Ride - 2.5h

  • No previous experience necessary

  • Sundays 9:30, Saturdays 14:30 from May


This BSUPA accredited course is for beginners wanting learn the basics of paddleboarding. It includes:

  • Launch and recovery

  • Setting up your paddleboard and leash

  • Safe fall and return to shore

  • Basic paddle stroke

  • Different turn techniques

  • Competence and confidence on the water

  • Understanding the effects of the weather

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a BSUPA accredited certificate.

2.5h course.  Around 110 min on the water. BSUPA Website


Paddle Safer - 2.5h

  • Recommended experience: Ready/Born to Ride or having been out on a board a few times.

  • Suitable for anyone relatively new to paddling wanting to know how to be safe on the water

  • Age 12+

  • Saturdays 14:30 from June - September


This British Canoeing course is designed to help you develop a better understanding of how to be safe when taking to the water.  This is a safety course rather than a personal skills course, although you will have paddling time on the water.

This course is in a small group and will be tailored to the questions and needs of the participants. Bring along your own equipment and any questions you have to discuss with your instructor.

You will look at:

  • Equipment - Boards, paddle & leash, what to wear and what to carry with you

  • Environment - Where is it safe to paddle, effects of weather

  • Trip Planning - Things to consider & resources available

  • Rescues - Looking after yourself, others and calling for help on the water

Participants completing this course will receive an electronic certificate from British Canoeing as well as an Open Paddling card giving them access to Open Paddling Sessions

2.5h course with around 80 minutes on the water  British Canoeing Description.

MCP Instructors retain the right to refuse use of unsuitable equipment. A replacement will be provided if required.


Open Paddling -1h

  • Upon completion of either Ready/Born to Ride or Paddle Safer award you are eligible for our open paddling sessions

  • Saturdays 9:30am from April


These sessions are open to all craft with appropriate awards. 

You may bring your own equipment (please Clean, Check and Dry between watercourses) or hire from Milton Country Park (£5 for adults, free for U18s)

Buoyancy aids and shoes are mandatory. Self-inflating belts are not sufficient.

1h sessions, these are not coached but an instructor will be present to ensure safety.

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River Trips

  • Ready/Born to Ride or Paddle Safer 

  • Age 12+, U16s must be accompanied by and adult


Come and paddle the beautiful River Cam below Baits Bite Lock in a safe and supportive environment.  Perfect for that first trip beyond the lake. 


Our instructors will meet you at our containers to choose and check equipment. Boards will be driven down to the river while you walk through the lovely park and down to the river.


The group will have a gentle paddle trip downstream and back again at a pace to suit everyone before walking back to the park to pick up belongings.

You may use your own equipment, please Clean Check and Dry betweek watercourses. 

Shoes are required at all times, you may wish to bring a pair to walk in and a pair for on the board.


Please bring a drink and snacks.

3.5h session with around 2.5h on the water.

MCP Instructors retain the right to refuse use of unsuitable equipment. A replacement will be provided if requipred.


SUP Discover - 2 x 1h

  • Paddle Safer Required


The next step on your paddling journey. Kayak Discover helps you discover the fundamentals of paddling in a safe environment.

Choose two sessions from those available and our instructors will work to your needs, helping you to get the most out of each session. Demonstrating a suitable level of skill at the end of your second session will qualify you for the Discover award 

2 x 1h sessions, 50 min+ on the water. Attendance does not guarantee passing the award. Certificates are emailed out directly from British Canoeing. British Canoeing Description.

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SUP Yoga

  • No Experience Necessary


Fancy something a bit different? Our partners StrongSuppleSound run SUP Yoga sessions on our lake. Click here for more details.

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