No experience needed!
Join us on a guided Stand Up Paddleboarding experience on Birmingham’s canals and see Birmingham from a completely new perspective.
Looking for a different kind of way to see Birmingham? See the city from a duck’s view! Definitely not your standard canal boat tour in Birmingham!
To start the session our experienced leaders will introduce you to the equipment and how to safely get on your board before we paddle slightly along the canal and leave the hustle and bustle of the city to spend some time learning to stand up paddleboard. Our SUP experiences have no upper age limits, our lower age limit is 12 years old. Anyone can learn to paddleboard in Birmingham although having a basic level of fitness is certainly an advantage.
We’ll give you several snapshots into Birmingham’s heritage and plenty of opportunities to see Birmingham’s landmarks from a different view. Birmingham certainly has more canals than Venice but ours are quieter!
– How to paddle – kneeling to start off with
– How to turn the board
– How to stand up – but only when you are ready
– How to balance on the board
No previous experience or specialist clothing and equipment is required – we’ll provide the boards, paddles and essential safety equipment, our guides will get you paddling in no time and cruising along the city’s blue highway. Tours are led by a professionally qualified British Canoeing Instructor who will give full tuition. We will provide every participant with a buoyancy aid, regardless of their swimming ability, so should you fall in, you’ll be safe. We can also provide a semi-drysuit that can be worn over your clothes to provide you with a degree of dryness if you fall in.
Stand up, paddle and have fun!
Great for: Adrenaline junkies, pioneers, thrill-seekers, stag & hen parties, and something memorable to do with visiting family and friends.
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays May-September
For group bookings and other dates, complete the enquiry form on the Group Booking page.
Time-slots: as shown on booking page
Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 15 minutes before your tour starts.
Finishing Point: Back in the Roundhouse, lower courtyard!
Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.
Duration: From meeting at the Visitor Centre to finishing with a grin, please allow 90 minutes for this experience
Suitable For: 12+, all under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.
Number of Steps? Depends on how many times you ‘step off’ your board! Not many steps but quite a few strokes, a basic level of fitness (walking up the stairs without being out of breath) will suffice.
Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we do need to cancel a tour due to high winds or thunderstorms we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.
Make sure to come along and check in at our reception least 15 minutes prior to the tour to make sure we're ready to start on time!
Looking for something to eat and drink before or after your tour? Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub next door. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket. You will need to place your order through a member of staff. Booking is recommended.
We are an accredited British Canoeing Delivery Partner.
You want to know that the centre you choose is high quality, and that’s what the Delivery Partner badge means. A paddling centre displaying the British Canoeing Delivery Partner badge has agreed to the Delivery Partner Charter. This means the paddling centre has agreed to high standards of safety, value for money and customer service.
The badge is an indication to schools, parents and other customers that the partner takes its responsibilities seriously. They will use highly trained, qualified and competent staff, to deliver a high quality customer focused product.
Venue: The Roundhouse
Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE