Paddling in the Wind Clinic

The wind is a paddle boarder’s biggest nemesis. Understanding wind charts and how to cope in windy conditions are invaluable skills for any paddle boarder. These skills help you to avoid accidentally going out in the wrong conditions and help you to cope should the weather turn unexpectedly on route.

The 3 hour course is a mixture of classroom based theory on how to understand wind charts, followed by a practical on the water. We will teach you the techniques you need to know to minimise energy wastage, should you find yourself in these conditions.

Location: This session is run from wesup Hamble River

Please see full description below the calendar for full course content and information on what to wear.

Bulk discounts

Each additional clinic booked in the series is discounted at 25%, with wesup donating a further 25% of the cost to Above Water.

1 Clinic  –  £45.00
2 Clinics – £78.25   (inc. £11.25 charity donation)
3 Clinics – £112.50 (inc. £22.50 charity donation)
4 Clinics – £146.25 (inc. £33.75 charity donation)
5 Clinics – £180.00 (inc. £45.00 charity donation)

We require each individual person to book separately. If you are a current member of Club wesup, please select your membership from the drop down. For non members, please select whether you need to borrow a board. Links to the other clinics in the series will come up when you press “Book Now”.


Key Information

  • Those aged between 16 and 18 need to be accompanied by a legal guardian who remains in full eye and earshot of them for the duration of their session.
  • Under 16s must be accompanied on the water for the duration of their session by their legal guardian.
  • Please note our equipment is not suitable for individuals under 4 foot 6.
  • Wet suits can be hired for free and are advised if you are concerned about falling in or being cold
  • We do not hire wet-suit boots or socks for hygiene reasons
  • Please see our terms & conditions for cancellation and refund policy
  • Guaranteed success or we’ll give you a voucher to return & try again


Paddling in the wind clinic – Inc. Understanding Wind & Tide charts

The wind is a paddle boarders biggest nemesis. Being able to read and understand wind & tide charts is simply the most essential skill. It will enable you to make quality, safe decisions on when and where you can go paddling. This course is a super informative two-part day: 1.5 hours in the classroom and 1.5 hours on the water, with the classroom session taking place at wesup Hamble River in our container; we will do our best to maximise the amount of space available to us and be socially distant, if you are uncomfortable you can access the classroom session from our decking space outside.

This course is suitable for improvers, rather than total beginners. You must have either taken our Beginner & Improver Clinic or feel that you are of a fairly confident paddling ability. This course will teach you how to forecast the choppy river/sea conditions, so you don’t arrive for a paddle disappointed. It will also teach you how to plan your journey, so you don’t end up with a scary and exhausting ‘up-wind paddling slog on the way home from your otherwise lovely micro-adventure. For times when you get accidentally caught out by the wind and tide, you will learn the essential practical paddle skills you’ll need to cope when the weather conditions are less than favourable.  

At the end of the paddling in the wind clinic, you will be have the skills to bring yourself to safety, whilst conserving your energy!

What to wear is the big question… 

If it is your first time paddling, we recommend a wetsuit to help your confidence and settle any worries about falling in or getting cold. During this course, you will be moving around your board a lot. Please be mindful that this means that there is an increased chance of falling in! We rent lovely quality, super stretchy black wetsuits free of charge. 

If you do not like wetsuits, please wear warm layers that you don’t mind getting wet such as gym gear. We highly recommend that new paddlers wear one of our comfy, warm buoyancy aids which are included free of charge. Waterproof socks, barefoot trainers or good quality wetsuit boots are perfect for keeping your feet warm.

For any other questions, please take a look at our FAQ or drop us an email, we’d love to hear from you.