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Roundhouse paddleboarders on the Birmingham canal near Symphony Hall Birmingham. The paddleboarders are looking up at the camera and smiling.

Paddleboard experience | SUP in the City

£20.00£40.00 (inc. VAT)

Try stand up paddleboarding in the heart of Birmingham’s canals.

Join us for a beginners stand up paddleboarding experience in the city centre. You’ll be given instruction by one of our qualified paddlesport guides who will stay with you throughout the session. 

This SUP experience is perfect for beginners or if you’re in Birmingham and want to see the city’s canals in a unique way.

This is an active water-based tour and as such all participants will need to complete a consent form to confirm they can participate. 

Any under 18’s must be accompanied on the water by an adult. 

Want to book a stag/hen party experience or make a private group booking for six or more? Visit our Group Booking page.   

 

Further details

Description

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, but a basic level of fitness (walking up the stairs without being out of breath) will ensure you can enjoy our SUP experience.

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!

You’ll learn:
– 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. You must wear a buoyancy aid, regardless of your swimming ability, so you’ll be safe if you fall in. 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! 

What’s included:

  • Experience the city from a paddleboard; this unique experience takes you away from the busy city waterways to learn the basics, before heading into the city for an unforgettable experience.
  • Expert advice, full training and safety briefing from your fully qualified instructor.
  • All paddleboards, paddles and safety equipment are provided.
  • Free downloadable photos of your experience.

What happens on the day:

  • On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the Visitor Centre and you’ll meet your expert tour guide.
  • The team will give you full training and a safety briefing – you don’t need any experience or specialist equipment.
  • We’ll head out of the city to learn the basics but as soon as you are comfortable we’ll head into Birmingham to see the city from a unique perspective.

What about the weather?: Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we need to cancel the tour due to high winds or thunderstorms, we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

What should I wear?: Gym-style clothing is best because these won’t hold any water when wet.Everyone must wear footwear; old trainers, crocs, flip flops are all great. 

Great for: Adrenaline junkies, pioneers, thrill-seekers, stag & hen parties, and something memorable to do with visiting family and friends.

Fancy organising a private tour or experience just for your group? Visit our Group Booking page.

Event Details

Dates: Select Sundays, April-August.

Time-slots: 10:20am-12:30pm or 1:30pm-3:30pm.

Meeting Point: Please 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. Requires a basic level of fitness and mobility. Maximum weight: 18 stone.


Visitor Info

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.

Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.

Spectators are welcomed but unfortunately we can’t guarantee full sighting of the participant for the whole duration of the tour.

What to wear:

It is best to wear gym-style clothing because these won’t hold any water when wet; jeans, leather and wool are not ideal for water activities. 

Everyone must wear footwear; old trainers, crocs, flip flops are all great. 

There's a chance you may fall in, so we recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes. Should you fall in, we have an onsite shower.  

Food/drink:

Looking for something to eat and drink after your tour? Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub and 10% off food and drink at Ristorante Caffe Arena. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket. Booking is recommended.

Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in our courtyard. 

 



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

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And, of course, we recommend bringing a change of clothes should you capsize.

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We have lockers suitable for bags and personal items available for all tour participants free of charge.

We don’t recommend taking any valuables on the water, we are not responsible for any damage and loss.

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It’s better to book all our tours in advance. You may be lucky if you show up on the day and one of our guides will be available but we recommend always pre-booking.

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A canoe is paddled with a single-bladed paddle, and you will have seen these paddled generally by two people. A kayak is paddled from a sitting position with a two-bladed paddle.

We use sit-on-top kayaks, which mean should you fall off you’ll simply slide into the water.

We paddle on the canals so if you are not participating you can walk alongside but there is a lot of places that can’t be accessed by pedestrians.

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Our buoyancy aids have a maximum chest size of 50 inches.

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Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.

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