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Rapid Skills SUP safety course with Canoe & Kayak store review.

Rapid Skills have certainly been putting the effort in this year. From running skills course to safety lessons and everything else in between. They’ve been a busy bunch and have been helping raise the profile of SUP and get paddlers sorted for all manner of stand up shenanigans.

Most recently Rapid Skills ran a SUP Safety course with Rosie at Canoe Kayak Store. One of the biggest takeaways from her story is the comment that she didn’t expect to glean anything new from doing the course, only she did! Proving once again that ‘every day’s a school day’ – to quote an often used cliche. But it’s true. Even the most experience of us, that have been paddling SUPs (and other craft) for years can always pick up new points and adapt that to our own styles.

You can read Rosie’s full story of her time with Rapid Skills here –

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SUP safety quick release belts discussion – join the debate on McConks’ Facebook page.

Here at McConks we’re super keen to promote SUP safety. Stand up paddle boarding may be one of the most accessible watery activities you can do but it isn’t without risks. We’re big fans of quick release safety belt leashes but just recently we were challenged on this and how beginner paddlers, with no prior experience, would cope with them. There’s no evidence to suggest they work in the hands of the uneducated so therefore are they actually the best safety tethering system? Do they add another layer of risk, as far as entrapment goes, that we haven’t thought about?

It’s an interesting question and one that should definitely be given thought. We also open to debate and searching for the correct solutions so posted the question to the McConks FB page to get our audience’s views. You can join the conversation by hitting this link –

We’re always keen to hear what you say as it isn’t also the case McConks has all the answers. And feedback, after, all only helps brands like us grow.