This is a guide only. Brighton SUP Ltd will not be held responsible for the safety of Hirers and Hirers should consult our HIRER Terms and Conditions for further clarification.
If you are at all uncertain about using a paddleboard then get instruction. We can point you in the direction of instructors and introductory courses.
We know that the weather can change, and we will refund you if the weather in your pre-booked slot means it is not safe to enter the water. Avoid entering the sea if there are big waves and high winds. We can recommend some calmer sheltered areas to paddle in if you still want to head out.
If you are a non-swimmer, then you must not use a paddleboard.
Wear the lifejacket that we provide you. Falling into the water can be a shock and even strong swimmers can struggle. We also advise you to fully immerse yourself in the water before getting on the board.
Always wear the leash. When you fall in (its inevitable) you will want to retrieve your paddle so you do not want to risk being separated from your board. Put the leash on as soon as you get into the water
They are marked by yellow buoys. Do not stray outside of these areas and ensure you remain close to shore.
We will not rent boards to under 18s. You must always supervise youngsters. They can get out of their depth and into problems very quickly and its critical you keep a close eye on them.
If you are new to paddling we always recommend paddling on a lifeguarded beach and speak to them before entering the water. If you plan to river paddle ensure that you enter the water at a permitted point and that paddleboards are allowed.
Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to get back.
If you can, take a charged mobile phone in a sealed dry bag in case of an emergency.
Do not wear jeans of other water-logging clothes or wellington boots, waders, heavy waterproofs. If you are paddling a distance, take spare clothes in a dry bag. If it’s cold, wear a wetsuit. We can advise on where you can rent these.
If you are new to paddling, don’t try and paddle long distances. Stay close to the shore and always ensure you have an exit point on the beach
If paddling on a river, do not go through locks and use the “Portage” areas and carry your boards round. Avoid the tops and bottoms of all weirs.
If you are on the sea, be aware of the tide times and strengths and always seek expert advice if unsure.
Wear sun protection – the sun reflecting off the water will significantly increase your exposure.
Take water and snacks if you are planning on a longer trip.
We highly recommend paddling in pairs so you can assist one another if you encounter problems.
Whilst we always check our kit before it goes out, things can fail. If you have any doubts, do not use it. Contact us and we will do our best to sort any problems out as quickly as possible.