Welcome to Bartley SUP
Membership Guidance Notes
Bartley SUP is part of Bartley Sailing Club based at Bartley Reservoir
We look forward to meeting you at your induction, this is where a Bartley SUP Instructor will talk you through the membership, show you around the site and answer any questions you may have. After the tour you will head on the water with the instructor to check over your skills and show you the water areas, pointing out any hazards to be aware of.
(If you have already done our Improver course, this part isn't essential)
Once fully inducted you will be able to hit the water!!
Below are the Bartley SUP guidance notes, these will be talked through on your induction. Please have a read through of them before your induction and if you have any questions the instructor will be happy to answer.
‘Club Paddler’ Standard
To become a member, you need to be competent at Stand Up Paddle Boarding to the level of ‘Club Paddler’ –
Paddle in a straight line for 100 metres
Turn the board 360 degrees in both directions using two different techniques
Turn the board whilst moving
Increase and decrease paddle strength and rhythm over 100 metres
Paddle upwind, downwind and crosswind in a light breeze.
We are a WSA (Water Skills Academy) accredited SUP school, with qualified instructors ranging from foundation instructors to courses trainers running courses for all abilities, workshops on a range of basic to advanced topics and personal development coaching at all levels to members and the public.
We run two courses to introduce people to the sport as well as developing them to the level of ‘Club Paddler’
SUP Intro Course - 1h - £20
You will be shown the basic skills by one of our professional stand up paddle board instructors in a safe and fun environment, aiming to get you standing up in now time.
SUP Improver Course – 1h 30m - £20
The next course to practice and develop the skills learnt in the intro course. You will also be shown different ways to turn, how to improve your paddle stroke, self-rescuing techniques and much more. This is a great course to get your ability level up to the club paddler standard ready for membership. On completing the improver course, you will be awarded the WSA Discovery Award.
SUP New Member Induction – 1h - £20
For those with prior training or experience that can demonstrate they meet the Club Paddler standard without tuition.
A Bartley SUP Instructor will take you out on the lake, go through the skills above and observe your paddling ability. It's an opportunity to meet members as well as showing you around the site and facilities, board storage, safety systems, going through club communications and getting to know the water.
Coaching is also available to members to develop their personal paddling in a variety of different SUP disciplines as well as their general paddling.
If you would like more details on these courses or development coaching please ask a member of the Bartley SUP coaching team.
On The Water Procedure
Signing On & Off- When SUP’ing at Bartley SUP you are required to “sign on” using your membership tag (by hanging it on the board at the sailing Race Box Hut overlooking the water) so support crews know who is out on the water. Once you return please make sure you “sign off” by removing your membership tag and keeping it for next time. If you forget your Tag you will need to use a Guest Tag from within the container, DO NOT go onto the water without a tag on the board. There is a fine of £5 if you forget your tag. Replacement Tag cost - £10.
Safety Cover- There must always be at least two stand up paddle boarders on the water, to provide each other with “non-support boat” rescue, unless there is a support boat on the water manned by the sailing duty crew and they are aware that you are on the water. It is your responsibility to properly inform the duty crew. Paddlers should buddy up and stay within a reasonable distance of each other so that any necessary support could be provided should a paddler need assistance.
Paddle Areas- We share the water with many different watercraft and users, to maintain safety, SUP’ing is to only take place on the outside of the lake, between the buoys and the shore. Keeping in the outside area not only keeps distance between SUP’ers and other users but the weather can change quickly, being on the outside means you can paddle to sheltered parts or self-rescue easier.
Buoyancy Aids- must always be worn whenever you pass the metal gates to the water. If you are purchasing your own Buoyancy Aid it might be useful to ensure it has pockets to store Tags & Whistles as a minimum.
Leashes– must always be worn, at all times. You must be connected to your board by a leash whilst on the water. Your board is a source of buoyancy and easier to spot on the water.
Whistles– need to be carried by all paddlers as a means of raising attention should they need assistance whilst on the water.
Club Rescue Duty- It is a requirement of all members to do 1 day safety boat duty per year. This will involve being on hand for the day helping run and patrol the water and looking after all the water users. There is no need to have any experience as you will be there with an experienced crew to be an extra pair of hands. If you are interested in learning to drive a rescue boat, then there is an opportunity for all members to do so and achieve their Royal Yachting Association powerboat level 2 certificate. If you are interested please let me know.
Weather Conditions & Equipment
Planning ahead and obtaining a weather forecast beforehand is wise; weather can change when you are on the water, make sure the conditions are right for you and your ability.
IF IN DOUBT…….. DON’T GO OUT
A long with your buoyancy aid, whistle and leash your personal clothing is a key part of your safety as a paddle boarder. Make sure you are dressed for the conditions forecasted for the day. If you would like any advice on personal clothing please ask a member of the Bartley SUP team.
Before heading out on the water, make sure you double check that your equipment is safe and ready to be used.
(board correctly inflated and valve closed, buoyancy aid and leash secured, paddle height)
Evenings (Summer only)
Tuesday: 18:00-20:00- Leisure SUP
Wednesday: 18:00-20:00- Leisure SUP
Weekends - 10:00 - 16:00 (weather dependant)
Saturday: 10:00-16:00- Leisure SUP
Sunday: 10:00-12:00- SUP CLUB - Leisure Paddling available after SUP Club
Board Hire & Fee
Board hire is available at meets and events. If you wish to hire a board please contact a member of the Bartley SUP team for the access code to the SUP container.
Board Hire (Inc. Buoyancy Aid) £5
(This is to be posted into the letter box inside the SUP container. All funds get put back into the club to invest in new kit etc).
Once you have become a member, you will be added to the Bartley SUP mailing list and Members “WhatsApp” group.
This is where we can discuss events, trips and social meets. It’s a good place to talk SUP and ask any questions you may have regarding courses, coaching, personal gear and boards. We would request that all members refrain from none SUP related chatter via WhatsApp and ensure that comments are respectful & dignified.
You may remove yourself from the WhatsApp group at any time. If you don’t have a smartphone, we will also circulate information by email, Facebook and the club website & calendar.
Bartley Sailing Club Limited & Bartley SUP take no responsibility for communications via the WhatsApp group.
SUP’ing / Socialising away from Bartley Reservoir
Club members regularly organise trips away from Bartley for other members, e.g. Racing Meets, SUP Polo, Adventure Trips & holidays ETC, details of any trips will be circulated and arranged by the communication methods above. Bartley Sailing Club take no responsibility for the organising or running of these trips as it is the sole responsibility of the individuals who choose to participate.
Anyone under the age of 18 will need to join with a responsible adult e.g. a Parent & will need to be accompanied by the responsible adult when paddling. Coaching can only be provided to under 18’s once they are a member.
GDPR - DATA PROTECTION
All information collected from members is used for the sole purpose of operating the club for the benefit of members and will not be shared with anyone outside of Bartley Sailing Club. We will ask you to refresh your data from time to time and will also retain your data for a short period after you leave the club for administrative purposes only. Data is always kept secure.
Please complete the membership form to become a member if you haven't already done so before your induction date.
All members £84 a year / £7 per month, membership year runs from 1st July - 30th June.
Existing Sailing Club Members are able to join the SUP Club as part of their existing membership subject to necessary courses & induction.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch
Bartley SUP Team