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Specialist delivery of Paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding 

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Bonkers Paddle Boarding  Lessons

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Paddle boarding Lesson - Introduction   (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.

 

All our sessions have at least TWO INSTRUCTORS on site - Kim and Alex (this is important for safety and so we can give you the BEST experience, maximum teaching and a truly tailor made experience) - we will cover; equipment, setting up, launching and landing, getting to grips with the board, standing up (and then relax, breath and we can then show you even more...) stance, correct paddling techniques, how to go straight, safety and rescue and more.

We have been teaching SUP from when it was invented - and perfected our skills to ensure you get the right tuition, fun, and the best possible SUP experience.  - all our boards are carefully chosen to help you learn and then progress.

This isn't just a 'taster' that other centres run. This is a full tuition sessions with our top instructors - teaching you everything you need to know, not only to get up and paddling, but invaluable information so you are doing it properly for the future. We will tailor it to YOU. 

River Trip included - the focus is on the fun lesson, but depending on the conditions, during your lesson, we will travel along the most beautiful section of the River Avon, before returning to the full facilities at our purpose built centre. 

   

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Paddle boarding Lesson - Introduction   (all equipment provided)  

We are of course operating things very differently due to Covid 19 and are strictly following the Government guidelines. There are so many reasons to choose Bonkers for your paddleboarding

  • We have our own PRIVATE car park, back field and our own private river frontage and launch area.

  • Alex and Kim have 30 years experience teaching watersports and 10+ years teaching paddleboarding in Pershore

  • We have a strict book in advance system with time periods between each arrival to ensure you will have your own safe, clean space.

  • We are loving teaching in smaller groups, forced upon us by 2020 restrictions.  But, we are happy to make it cheaper for you if you come as a family group, or talk some friends that you know into coming too. Perfect !!

By restructuring our lessons to this new format, you will get coaching TOTALLY TAILORED to you. If you've done a bit already, no problem, we can focus on improver skills, paddle strokes, or what ever you would like to learn

Price        1 person = £50 (when booking 1 person onto session)

                 2 people = £45 per person (when booking 2 people onto session) etc

                 3 people = £40 per person

                 4 people = £35 per person

                 5 or more people = £30 per person

                

contact us to check next available session.

Contact us to book now bonkersactivities@hotmail.com

   

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Specialist delivery of Paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddleboarding 

Private Tuition 

We arrange private tuition midweek - and it's just £50 an hour including 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 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 it 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.

 

As well as improving paddle techniques fairly instantly, we will cover loads in your session and send you home with some practise drills to use on your continued learning curve. During your session we will always chat about safety and depending on what you want we can also cover equipment, where to land and launch and if you wish even things like tides, river flow and more.... We don't retail (deliberately, as its a nightmare for SUP), but we know as much about the SUP retail business and equipment as anyone, so we can genuinely give you honest and unbiased information on equipment as part of this session - and you can try different boards too.

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Paddleboard Technique Clinics - Advanced Techniques

This is something really unique to Bonkers - buy the skill you want to learn - fun group sessions. Each session is an hour and a half and is £35per person. 11am - 12.30pm. Book a single session of make up a course by booking the ones you want...

If you get 5 people together, we can run these at a time to suit you - or book onto the dates below. 

Introduction

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, 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 23rd May  & 20th June       

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....

Session 1 now includes : - 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)       Sunday 4th July  & 18th July

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 - Theory and Rescue Techniques            Sunday 8th August & 22nd August

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.........

 

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SUP Yoga

 

2 hour session........ just £40 

2021 Dates

Saturday 26th June   10.30am - 12.30pm 

Saturday 3rd July       10.30am - 12.30pm

Saturday 17th July     10.30am - 12.30pm

Saturday 7th August  10.30am - 12.30pm 

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 woobles 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. 

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Kymberley Lane

Professional Yoga Coach

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Bonkers Sup Touring

 
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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

River Avon Intro SURFARI's           New for 2021

(this could be called 'Improver' or 'refresher' or 'intro to the river'

 

Do you have your own board? but fairly new to it all? Well - you've made a major commitment, so you might as well fast track your learning and have a load of fun at the same time. This session will definitely make you look like you know what you're doing ;0) Are you holding your paddle properly? (yes you probably are) but we can look closer, guarantee to improve your paddling, give you loads of tips so you know you what you should be doing, (and how to look like you know what you are doing) and give you some training drills to take away - and all rolled into a lovely trip on the best part of our beautiful river. Do you know how to paddle on one side all day long? this is the sort of question you can ask whilst on this fabulous river Surfari. 

Can you stand up and paddle, but may not have had much tuition? we'd love to help.....

Do you fancy paddling a short achievable river trip with an instructor ? you don't need much experience to book onto this course. You should have your own board (contact us if not) and be able to stand up and propel yourself along. 

This will include loads on input about safety, choosing kit and location, paddling techniques, and an intro into what to do if it all goes wrong.

This is a great course, takes place over 2 hours, covering a river trip, and loads of valuable information from our experienced team

Price        1 person = £50 (when booking 1 person onto session)

                 2 people = £45 per person (when booking 2 people onto session) etc

                 3 people = £40 per person 

                 4 or more people = £35 per person

               

We need 3 people minimum to run this. If you arrange a group of 3 people, we can do it a date and time that totally suits you

 
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Doggy SUP Dogs on Paddleboards

 

Bonkers run regular sessions for Dogs and their owners

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)

 

Our unique Tiki Mega Sup's make it possible for

any human and any dog !!

BOOK IN ADVANCE ONLY - places are limited

Wed 16th June 6pm

Wed 14th July 6pm

Wed 18th Aug 6pm

£35 per person 

Always a pleasure - always great fun ;0)   

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Hire

Booking in advance essential

                                                                                                                          

We make Hire easy - top of the range equipment - booked in advance - ready and waiting for you by the waters edge. 

 

Paddleboarding (lesson and/or experience required) 

£15 per person for 1 hour

£25 per person for 2 hours

Stable beginner boards / Tourers / Crossover boards  all available

you can also use our mega-sup Tiki explorers - totally stable for beginners or 2-3 (or more) people

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 top of the range 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 (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.

More terms and conditions on the hire form 

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