Canoe South Loch Ness 1200×350
Tandem Sea Kayak Kessock Bridge 1200×350
PS 7
Tandem Sea Kayak at Fort Augustus 1200×350
Red SUP Loch Ness 1 1200×350
Hou Canoe at Old Bridge Inn Launch 1200×350
Tandem Kayak Cromarty 3 1200×350
Red SUP Scourie Rock Hopping 1200×350

Highland SUP Skills Weekend 2023

  • 29/04/2023 - 30/04/2023
    8:00 am - 5:30 pm

Explore Highland is looking forward to hosting it’s third Highland SUP Skills Weekend on the 29/30 April 2023!

Workshop options will be listed and available to sign up to at registration on each day. This way at the tutor early morning briefing we can assess the local wind, weather and river levels to accurately set the best workshop locations for groups.

Candidates will need to ensure they have their own transport to attend the various workshop that they sign up for if not based out of Dochgarroch.

Half Day Workshops

  • Safety & rescue skills
  • Strokes & skills for all paddlers
  • Introduction to river paddling
  • Planning, equipment & skills for safe paddling
  • Mega SUP madness
  • Boards, paddles, fins & fun

Full Day Workshops

  • Open water skills
  • Coastal water skills
  • Improver river skills
  • Intermediate river skills

Guest Coaches

Adam Burns

Adam has been working in adventure sports coaching for 12 years and is primarily a paddleboarder and white water kayaker. He is equally happy running and coaching on white water or paddling around a loch with his best pal Tulla the black lab.  He runs his own centre in Perth and has a big passion for getting people on the water and helping them to become independent paddlers.

Matt Haydock

Matt is based in Fort William and heads up Rapid Development Coaching, which specialises in paddlesport skills coaching and guiding in various disciplines, including SUP.  As well as being a SUP leader and coach award provider for the SCA, Matt has also completed a circumnavigation of Malta by SUP.   He loves heading out with folk on the rivers, coastlines and lochs of the highlands helping people develop their skills, and greatly enjoys the huge variety of environments you can take a paddleboard.

Donald  Macpherson

Donald has been sports coaching for near thirty years and into paddlesports for the last twenty. Qualified in coaching various sports including four paddlesports disciplines of open canoe, sea kayak, white water kayak and paddle boarding, he brings lots of experience, transferable skills and local knowledge to the table. He has run Explore Highland based out of Inverness for the last twelve years and is the organiser & coach of this second Highland SUP skills weekend.


Liam Watson

Liam is a senior instructor for a large residential outdoor education centre on the west coast of Scotland. He also runs paddlesport courses for himself as wats sup adventures. He had been padding most of his life having padded various crafts but now Mostly in canoe and stand up paddle board. He is on the SCA SUP committee and runs various paddlesport instructor, leader and coach awards.


Tom Sibbald

Bio pending!


What’s included:

  • Two full days coaching/guiding delivered by locally recognised British Canoeing paddleboard provider
  • Specialist kit including helmets, river fins, river buoyancy aids, and leash waist belts for the SUP river skills workshop if required
  • Access to some books, dvds, and paddle kit bargains at the retail table on Saturday & Sunday morning during registration.

What you need to bring: 

Essential Items:

  • paddleboard, leash and paddle
  • suitable buoyancy aid
  • helmet for river paddling workshop (can be issued free of charge if required from river sup coach)
  • suitable paddling clothing for each day. If doing some of the half day workshops including safety & rescue skills a dry suit or a second wetsuit for the second session is advisable.
  • a hat/cap to keep your head warm
  • suitable footwear for launching/landing/paddling/walking on land
  • a pack lunch, snacks, water bottle and flask for the various breaks & lunch
  • towel & complete change of clothes for afterward
  • suntan lotion and midgy spray  may also be required
  • flask and cuppa for land based workshops
  • mobile phone or camera if taken out onto the water at your own risk

Age: Suitable for adults only.

Prerequisite: This weekend is aimed at a wide range of paddleboarders including half day workshops for all levels of paddlers including those new to paddleboarding, to full day day workshops option for improvers, intermediates, to advanced paddlers.

Workshop Costs:

Full weekend attendance for two full day workshops – £140

Single day attendance for workshops – £80

Personal Belongings: Cameras, phones, car keys, and other personal belongings are taken out onto the water at your own risk. If in doubt, please leave these items in your car when out on the water.

Location: This weekend will meet centrally just outside of Inverness each morning at 830-900am for event registration each day. You’ll meeting up with your workshop tutor before heading off to your group workshop location for the day. Half day workshops will be based out of Dochgarroch and will return there for lunch and to meet your next workshop tutor.


0700-0800 Tutor briefing

0815 Car park opens

0830-0900 Registration & booking workshops

0900-0915 Welcome & Introductions

0915 Meet workshop tutor & group

Full day workshops – 0915-1645

Half day workshops – 0915-1245 / 1315-1645

Evening Meal: To help make the weekend more sociable, we are looking at arranging a meal out in Inverness. Alas the meal is not included in the ticket price however it will be a great opportunity to discuss all thing paddling and meet other like minded paddleboarders.

CPD Points: For those SCA members looking to use this weekend as a opportunity to gain CPD points towards their personal online record of professional development, attendees can claim 5 cpd points per day attended. To redeem, simply upload your booking receipt as evidence within the SCA portal.

Booking closed at 10pm on 31st March 2023.

Terms & Conditions: Terms and conditions can be found online at –

Details Price Qty
Full SUP Weekend (29/30 April 2023)show details + £140.00 (GBP)  
Full Day Workshop - Saturday (29th April 2023)show details + £80.00 (GBP)  
Full Day Workshop - Sunday (30th April 2023)show details + £80.00 (GBP)  
Saturday Evening Meal Ticket (29th April 2023)show details + £2.00 (GBP)