The SUPKids 10-week programme is a comprehensive and engaging water-based curriculum for children. Participants learn stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) skills while focusing on environmental education, water safety, and outdoor adventure. Through a series of lessons and activities, the programme aims to instill a deeper connection to nature, promote water confidence, and cultivate sustainable practices among young participants
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SUPKids 10-week programme
We run this programme during school time (at parent and school discretion), one day per week, usually on a Wednesday or any day that suits the participants, or after school until sunset.
The SUPKids program is designed to teach kids SUP, water safety & environmental education. We know what it’s like to fall in love with being in the ocean. And we know that, with a passion for SUP comes a responsibility to take care of our environment. Our vision is to create experiences for our SUPKids that will enhance their appreciation, respect & understanding for sustainable living.
Our program is run in an inclusive, non-competitive environment with a real focus on building self-esteem. We use games, drills & SUP activities to ensure that our SUPKids walk away with vital water safety skills that will stay with them for life. We’ve taken environmental education out of the classroom, to the great outdoors, where we think it belongs.
How SUPKids works
Our SUPKids Schools teach our programs in the ocean, on lakes, in rivers and in safe waterways in all sorts of awesome locations. The program has been developed for youth aged 5-19.
Special activities for children to teach them about surfing and SUP, water safety and the environment. We prepare the ambassadors for the future of our oceans. Our activities will enhance their appreciation, respect & understanding for sustainable living.
Every SUPKid will walk away from this camp totally in love with the sport of SUP and the ocean. We are all committed to finding a way for kids to become ambassadors for the planet which was a core mission when developing this program.
And beyond SuP...
Just because the 'official' SUPKids lessons stop at five, doesn't mean the learning, mastery and discoveries stop too. Social Nature Movement always take participants as far as they can go, not as far as we think they should go. So, if they have a passion project, an environmental inkling or simply love it so much, SNM are the ones to help that insatiable mind!
We believe that when kids fall in love with an outdoor sport, they fall in love with the outdoors. And kids who love their planet become ambassadors for taking care of it.
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LESSON ONE (SAFE SUP)
This lesson is all about staying safe in the water, learning the basics of SUP, recognising hazards & being able to help someone who gets in trouble.
Safe SUP intro
10 SUPKids Rules
How to rescue someone with a rope
LESSON TWO (SUP ADVENTURES)
This lesson is all about going on adventures. You’ll learn about some amazing explorers and how you can plan your own adventures without having to go too far from home.
Intro about SUP adventures
Story of Thor Heyerdahl
World Map - Where would you go ?
Adventures in your own backyard - What is a micro adventure ?
Planning your adventure
LESSON THREE (OCEAN PLASTICS)
This lesson is about keeping our oceans & waterways clean. You’ll learn why plastics are causing so much trouble in our environment, and what we can do to help.
What’s up with plastics ?
Lifecycle of a plastic water bottle
And what are micro plastics ?
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
How can we help & Parley A.I.R. challenge
Plastic food chains
LESSON FOUR (HEALTHY SUPKIDS)
This lesson is about being a healthy SUPKid. You’ll learn how to stay fit for your SUP adventures, what kind of food you should be eating, and the little things you can do to stay relaxed & happy.
Fitness for SUP (circuit training class)
Why nutrition is important
What makes SUPPY stoked ? Aloha spirit
Blue Mind - Connecting with the oceans
LESSON FIVE (AMBASSADOR FOR THE PLANET)
This lesson will help you become an ambassador for the planet. You’ll learn what’s happening in your local area and around the world, and you’ll choose which cause you want to support and what you can do to make a difference !
Global environmental issues
Local environmental issues
Blue Carbon & Starboard’s Mangrove planting
How to run a clean up of your local waterway
How to become an ambassador for the planet
We’ve created a comprehensive, educational program. Most schools we speak to say they’ve wanted to do something like this for ages, but haven’t had the time or resources to make it happen. We’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to.
A movement connecting kids to nature and empowering them to take care of our planet. Collectively we’re making an impact camp; creating a growing tribe of ambassadors for the planet.
We offer more than just SUP lessons. SUPKids combines SUP with environmental education camp; water safety. Teaching kids more than just how to paddle.
SUPKids provides showcases what it means to use business as a force for good. Studies show that consumers are making purchase decisions that sway towards businesses who are committed to a triple bottom line (taking care of people, profit; planet).
As part of the SUPKids team, you’ll benefit from wider exposure; brand awareness across all media. We work in conjunction with Starboard’s marketing team. We support all our SUPKids Schools in their own marketing pursuits; helping leverage storytelling opportunities.
We have opportunities to deliver social good projects locally through our inKIND programs, as well as having an impact in our global inKIND programs in collaboration with our partners Starboard; SeaTrees. Yes, we can help!
We select the best staff for the job based on their skills, knolwedge and experiences. They will be an SNM staff member or we will bring in support from equally competent contractors. Sometimes we also bring in (semi)celebrity guests!
This changes depending on what we do and where we go, but generic items are:
- Thermal bottom leggings,
- Thin merino shirt / thermal shirt x 2
- Fleece jumper x1
- Woolen jumper x1
- Wind and Rain-proof Jacket
- Warm beanie
- Neck warmer / scarf
- Warm gloves
- Closed-toe footwear
- Personal medication
- Water bottle,
- Head torch,
- Waterproof pack liner
- Backpack to put all of the above in
Personal Flotation Device (PFD) / Buoyancy Aide (BA)
Food and drink