Wales boasts 870 miles of stunning coastline and an abundance of scenic lakes and inland waters for anyone looking to stand up on a paddleboard for the first time, or to hone their skills. There are many coastal and inland activity centres offering instruction and exploration, plus a variety of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
The increasing popularity of this fast-growing sport is reflected in the number of stand up paddleboarding locations in Wales. From Cardiff International White Water’s sessions around Cardiff Bay, to the gorgeous West Wales coastline with Cardigan Bay Watersports in New Quay, you can discover taster sessions, coastal tours and even paddleboard fitness classes.
For an inland water experience, explore the River Wye in Monmouthshire with Inspire2Adventure, on either a single paddleboard, or their mega-SUP which can accommodate up to eight people.
In North Wales, take in the breathtaking views of Eryri (Snowdonia) National Park on Llyn Padarn lake with an instructor lead session with Snowdonia Watersports. Gower in West Wales is another great serenity spot. In South Wales, Island SUP takes you out to float over the bays of Barry Island, made famous, of course, by Gavin & Stacey.
Check out our learn to stand up paddleboard with a SUP intro lesson in Wales article, find a provider in the search results below, or use our search page to find more activities.
Exploring the outdoors is fantastic fun and provides great opportunities for adventurous activities, but please read up on the risks and make sure you are prepared.
- Carry a means of calling for help on you
- Wear an appropriate leash and flotation device
- Check weather forecast and tide times
- Follow these tips from the RNLI for staying safe on the Welsh coast,
- Make sure you are fully prepared for your outing with AdventureSmart's top tips for enjoying stand up paddleboading safely.