SUP is a multifaceted sport, many people when they first get into SUP don't even know all the disciplines available.
Adventure paddling / Touring
For those of you that just want to get out on the water anyhow, anyway, touring is a great way to explore some of the amazing waterways the UK have. There are now lots of clubs around the UK who go on regular social / touring paddles.
Use the Find a club page to locate your nearest club. A couple to look out for are Blue Chip & Central SUP. Grab a board, paddle, lunc hbox & leash & off you go. NOTE: for some waterways you may need a licence to paddle, best to check with your local authority first. (Fishing shops can often be a good source of info)
The pinnacle of any sport is undoubtedly top flight competition. SUP racing has grown fast globally, and the UK is catching up with some skilled paddle athletes. Although is sounds daunting you'll find many clubs run low key events to get people started in racing. You'll be surprised how the competitive streak in your personality suddenly gets unleashed, before you know it you'll be up at 5am getting some vital training in before work!
Use the Find a club page to locate your nearest club. A couple to look out for are BaySUP & Waterborn.
A discipline often missed by many. Downwind paddling involves covering generally quite long distances with the wind & swell on your back pushing you along. It's exhilarating and challenging. It requires much consideration on safety as often you are in open waters & is best left to experiences paddlers in extreme conditions. There are however many clubs that help get people on the water to try downwinding on safer less challenging routes. In smaller conditions it's like surfing for the whole way, excellent fun & great to challenge your board skills.
Use the Find a club page to locate your nearest club. A couple to look out for are BaySUP & South Devon.
This is often the entry route for many people to SUP, although history denotes that actually SUP is born out of, and defined as a paddle sport (not a surf sport). But for many they love surfing and in the UK where waves are not always their best (particularly in the summer months) SUP means you get many more waves. It's important to be respectful in the water & be sure you know proper surfing etiquette. There is lots of information available online & most clubs will be able to advise the best way to get started in the surf to make sure you don't get yourself or any other water users into trouble.
Use the Find a club page to locate your nearest club.