Specialist delivery of Paddle boarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Bonkers Paddle Boarding Lessons
Paddle boarding STARTER - session 1 (all equipment provided)
So you've seen it - it's cool - it's relatively easy to get started -and now its time you really should give it a go. Like everything, if a professional can show you some basics, you know you will be doing it right, safely and be able to make the most of your time on the water. This is the perfect session if you want to start from scratch, or maybe you have tried it before, and would like to go through it again to make sure you are doing it properly, efficiently and as safely as possible. This could be the only tuition session you ever need, depending on your aspirations, as we cover so much and guarantee to get you up and paddling.
~ Introduction to equipment ~ on land drills, then onto the water ~ launching and landing ~ how to stand up ~ proper paddling techniques ~ turns ~ self rescue techniques ~ trip up the river ~ safety, rescue and theory.
(If you have mobility issues, or damaged knees etc, or find it hard to transition from kneeling to standing on dry land, please talk to us before booking onto this group lesson. We can teach you, and are specialist in teaching people of any ability, you might get more out of a session tailored to your needs rather than this group starter session)
PERSHORE - SATURDAYS (usually 11.30am - 1pm) ..... Just £35 per person
Whilst these run every Saturday, they do book up well in advance, so Book onto a session today. This is an adult session (16yrs+) - info for young people here
Paddleboard Session 2 - Improver (all equipment provided)
Once you've done the Starter, you should book onto session 2.
This is HIGHLY RECOMENDED - book it up straight after your starter.
Even if you have 'done quite a bit of paddleboarding' this session will analyse and improve anyone's paddling.
This will take your paddleboarding to the next level. The 'standing up' bit that you perfected in the starter session is just the beginning and we will take all the skills further to ensure that you are doing it all safely and properly.
With any activity, it is also important to spend time doing it, and this is an important part of this session, consolidating skills, improving techniques and introducing some sexciting new possibilities.
Its also a chance to try different boards, learn about equipment and cover new topics like trip planning.
PERSHORE Saturdays 2pm-3.30pm ..... Just £40 per person
Specialist delivery of Paddle boarding
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Available Wednesday in Pershore and Thursday in Evesham
An hour and a half is £75 and that includes all the equipment.
The best way to tailor every minute of your session totally to you. Whether its your first go, or you are looking to perfect your paddle stokes, or learn a specific set if skills, these session guarantee to deliver you a fast track to success.
Paddleboarding is so accessible and relatively easy, in as much as anyone who can comfortably stand up from a kneeling position on land, can quite quickly learn to 'do it'. But just to be able to stand up and 'do it' is just scratching the surface of its full potential. There is so much to learn in paddleboarding, more than any of us realised when we started. In other sports top athletes train with a coach as often as they can because they know training from a coach works, and paddleboarders are starting to realise this too.
If you love paddling now, but have never had an official 'lesson' - or maybe had a brief taster somewhere else, we absolutely guarantee that we can make your time on the water even more fun and even better. You will love it even more when you know you are doing it properly and you will get more from your time on the water.
Paddleboard Technique Clinics - Advanced Techniques
Sundays PERSHORE 11.30 - 1pm £40per person per clinic
So, you have learnt to paddleboard and you love it! Now it is time to make sure you are getting the most out of your time on the water. Like in other sports, it is possible to teach yourself (sort of), but to get better it always pays to have some coaching. Bonkers have designed the technique clinics so you can book onto exactly the sessions you want to work on. Each session will analyse how you are currently doing things, tweak and improve. There will be drills to push you outside your comfort zone and nibble away at those bad habits. The sessions will be an hour and a half, and there will also be personalised top tips to take away to work on and practise after each session.
1 - Proper paddling forwards techniques
Sunday 3rd April 11.30 - 1pm
Sunday 3rd July 10am - 11.30am
This session is all about looking like you know what you are doing! More seriously, by tweaking your paddling technique you will instantly feel great and be able to paddle easier, faster with less effort and further. It all focusses around having a vertical paddle but will analyse your stroke to make sure you are doing it properly. Top paddlers have coaching sessions like this on a regular basis and are always checking and refining the position of every part of their paddle stroke, from how it hits the water, through to the power phase, the exit and the return. Then there is the position of your elbows, shoulders, wrists, head, hips etc. Then there is foot positioning, trim, balance. So just when you think you are paddling OK, we can pull it all apart and give you plenty to work on.
** STOP PRESS ** and there's more..... On the same session we will also cover how to paddle on one side all day long....
There are several techniques you can use to paddle on one side all day long. We will cover them all, and you can work out what is best for you, and what works best for paddleboards. We do still change sides when we paddle, that is still the most efficient way, but these new skills will enable you to change sides when you want to rather than having to all the time ;0)
2 - Better turns (and how to move your feet around on the board)
Sunday 1st May 11.30am - 1pm
Sunday 7th August 10am - 11.30pm
We all learnt the basic ‘backwards paddle sweep stroke to turn’ when we started – and this is still a great way to turn, all be it a bit slow and wobbly. This session will look at loads of different ways you can turn a board around. Turns while stationary, turns whilst on the move, bow rudders, changing your feet and secrets on how to break down the step back turn into easy chunks. Draw stokes and Pry strokes and how these are integrated into turns. And of course the good old Step Back Turn. We break the step back turn into easy chunks, and guarantee you get success and progression. This session works best if you are geared up and prepared to get wet.
3 - SUP SAFETY - Rescue Techniques and some fun theory
Sunday 15th May 11.30am - 1.30pm
Sunday 5th June 10am-11.30
Sunday 4th September 10am-11.30pm
ALL our sessions, even the STARTER, include loads of vital safety tuition. But this clinic takes it to a whole new level. Before heading out on the water, this session will start on dry land and cover an introduction into wind, weather, tides and river features. It then move onto safety equipment and theory of rescue. What to do if you need to help someone to safety in the water environment.
Then onto the water and we will go through many scenarios, like how to assess the situation and what your first thoughts should be.
It is normal that some people have trouble getting back onto their boards. As a paddling community, we need to know how to help people to get back on their boards, and if the situation develops how to assist and rescue each other.
This will be a wet session. (you could stay dry if you like and still get loads out of it, but always best to practise the wet bit too). We will look at various bits of safety equipment and practise using them.
WOW - surely everyone should do this session, to be able to keep ourselves safe and help each other.........
This is an adult session (16yrs+) - info for young people here
........ just £40
Saturday June 11th 10.30 (FULL)
Saturday June 18th 10.30
Saturday July 2nd 9.30 (earlier start)
Sunday July 24th 10.30
Saturday Aug 6th 10.30
Saturday Aug 27th 10.30
These are always fully booked - so booking well in advance is essential
This is a great session - great equipment - amazing professional yoga instructor (Kymberley Lane) and supported by Kim Bonk
Most people who come on these have either done yoga before and fancy doing it on the water OR
They already SUP and fancy doing the yoga session
Bonkers have been running SUP Yoga for 4 years now.
To be able to relax and do SUP Yoga comfortably, you need the good stable boards. Bonkers have 12+ boards that are 35' wide, as well as a fleet of Mega Sups, if you fancy being really stable.
You also need a PROPER YOGA INSTRUCTOR (not just a paddle coach who thinks they can show you a few yoga moves)
That's exactly what we do at Bonkers.
But there's more..... we also have the perfect location. The creek opposite our centre has a perfect flow of water entering it. It's the feed for the HEP. There is a line of buoys that we tie on to, so all the boards sit in the perfect position. It is also sheltered from the wind - Perfect
SUP YOGA - we thought it was a fad - until we tried it - it's awesome. It's so lovely be in the perfect, peaceful outdoors venue (well, apart from the odd swan - see pictures below...
the wobbles make the exercise so much better - its great fun and so rewarding.
Included in this session will be a RIVER TRIP after the yoga. This completes the holistic experience. Paddle up the idyllic river, in great company, have a laugh and enjoy the beautiful tranquil countryside.
Professional Yoga Coach
Bonkers Sup Touring
Bonkers Activities work in partnership with the Avon Navigation Trust - we run the activities for the water authority
The Avon is an amazing river - and we are the specialists on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire Avon
Doggy SUP Dogs on Paddleboards
Bonkers run regular sessions for Dogs and their owners
PLEASE NOTE - DOGS ARE NOT USUALLY ALLOWED ONSITE
(Except on the Doggy SUP days when we get/give special permission....)
The perfect private field site, where you can park close to the river make bonkers the perfect venue for our doggy sessions.
low level pontoon makes it easy for the dogs to walk on and off - this is so good for getting the dogs onto the boards
Bonkers have 6 Mega Sups (see pics) - which are used on this session at no extra cost, great for getting any dog comfortably onto the water.
Please bring your own board is you have one (talk to Kim at time of booking) - It's worth checking your dogs nails are as trim and smooth as possible.
You will need a harness or a dog b'aid (essential, as the handle is needed to lift them out of the water)
BOOK IN ADVANCE ONLY - places are limited
Wednesday June 22nd 5.30pm-7pm
Wednesday July 6th 5.30pm-7pm
Wednesday July 20th 5.30pm-7pm
Wednesday August 24th 5.30pm-7pm
£35 per person (dogs are free)
Always a pleasure - always great fun ;0)
Booking in advance essential - hire only available on selected days
(Usually Saturdays )
just email us to ask....
We make Hire easy - top of the range equipment - booked in advance - ready and waiting for you by the waters edge.
Paddleboarding (ONLY people that have had a lesson with us can hire individual paddleboards - BOOK A LESSON)
£15 per person for 1 hour hire
£25 per person for 2 hours hire
Mega-sup's (Tiki explorers) - Can take 2-3 people. Great for a family (we have 5 of these available). Also an option if you haven't had a lesson with us.
Sit on Top Kayaks (single or doubles available)
£15 per person for 1 hour
£25 per person for 2 hours
Canoe (experience required)
£25 for 1 hour for the boat (1 or 2 people)
These are new Silverbirch broadland 16's
Katakanu (catamaran canoe - seats 4 adults and up to 6 if
mixing adults and children)
No experience required to hire this craft
£35 for 1 hour
£50 for 2 hours
Buoyancy Aids included with all hires (and MUST be worn)
Wetsuits - wetsuits are not normally needed for hires (we cover 'what to wear' on the SUP lesson). If you wish to hire a wetsuit, it is £5.