Working with The Avon Navigation Trust
River Avon Trips - Paddleboarding
So what's next for your paddling?
Bonkers Paddleboarding Centre is a genuine paddling community - with progression options in a safe, friendly, professional environment. All the paddelboard activities at Bonkers Activities start with a lesson (and there is always something to learn, no matter what your level or experience.... It is also a sort of 'sign off' so you can access our centre, the equipment systems, intro to the river, and know how it all works at Bonkers HQ)
For most people this is the Starter lesson
In this we dont just guarantee to get you standing up and paddling comfortably - we will get you paddling properly and efficiently. Importantly we also then know you that you can launch and land safely, we will show you how our kit is all stored and that you understand safety issues, how to understand the wind and the flow. All this is covered in our starter lessons.
Another option is Private Tuition. This is available midweek afternoon and evenings. Tailor made and a guaranteed way to fast track your skills. This ticks the box for 'having a lesson first' and if you already paddleboard, then why not use it to learn a skill like step back turns, or 'the secret of how to paddle on one side all day long'
If you really have done loads of paddleboarding elsewhere, and interested in hiring or launching with us or an advanced clinic, then we can do this too. Send us an email, and we can book a visit...
EVERYTHING IS BOOKED IN ADVANCE
Once you have had your initial tuition/induction :
HIRE - Hire is just £15 an hour, and after your lesson you can then come back and hire a board from us. With over 50 boards to choose from, including mega sups and a wide range of touring boards of different lengths and widths we will make sure you have the right board. It is always sensible to try a few boards, especially if you are thinking of buying a board. We also hire sit on top kayaks and other craft, if you wanted to bring friends or family that haven't paddleboarded before.
Bring some friends for a Starter Lesson. You could join them as a refresher (don't forget we tailor make every single session and teach you at your level) . Or, you could hire at the same time they have their lesson and join them on the water
River Surfari. This can be on your own board, or on one of ours. We will recap the basics and ensure your paddling technique is awesome, and then take you on a trip on the beautiful River Avon. Whilst on the trip, the instructors will continue the tuition and cover what ever skills are the ones you would like to learn. Expedition safety (in an easy way) and even rescue options are all covered in this session
You can also access the Advanced Clinics, Doggy SUP and SUP Yoga
The Next Level
Once you have been to the fabulous Bonkers Activities Paddleboard HQ, and we know you can comfortably stand up and paddle independently, safely, and efficiently, we will go through all the next level options that we run. There is so much going on each week for all levels, improver to advanced..... These include:
- Comfy with Kim Ladies sessions
- Midweek Evening social paddles
- Winter River trips
- litter picks
- 'Club' style weekend social paddles
Bonkers have built up a Friendly, Fun paddleboard community.....
It all starts with a lesson - and we will explain how accessing these sessions works
Bonkers River Trips
If you are relatively new to paddleboarding, or not paddled with Bonkers before, have your own board and interested in joining us for a river trip with some improver tuition, then click here to see your new for 2021 SURFARI's.....
Bonkers is based on the River Avon
there are actually 7 River Avons in the UK !
Our River Avon is the one that you see next to Warwick Castle, that flows through Stratford upon Avon in Warwickshire, Evesham and Pershore in Worcestershire and joins the river Severn at Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. (so its not the one near Bristol)
Our River Avon is perfect for paddleboarding. It is also the perfect river for paddleboard trips. Some of the lock portages are difficult for kayaks, but much easier for paddleboards.
The best place to start or end a river trip is bonkers HQ. With our private car park, perfect pontoon, toilets and full facilities.
In the summer, the flow is so slow as to be un-noticeable, so we do trips from our centre and returning to our centre, either up stream or down stream. These are by far the best as they are so easy safe and fun. Just talk to us and book a hire, to go and explore.
In the winter, when we have more time and the flow is generally a bit more, we do one way river trips. We can drop people up stream so you can paddle down to the centre, or pick people up from down stream and ferry you back to our facilities in Pershore.
As a 'club', we also do many fun trips out to other parts of our beautiful river for longer river trips, local canals and other venues.
Working with British Canoeing and the Avon Navigation Trust, Bonkers are helping to improve the portages and set up a series of 'trails' along our fantastic river...
Summer Trip - Evesham to Pershore
Video (fast cam) of Fladbury to Pershore