journey days


Throughout the year we have scheduled sup adventure tours to other locations across Scotland such as Aberdeenshire, Fife, Highland, The Trossachs, West Coast, Tatooine and beyond!! These tours could be to another Coastal Location, River or Loch and could involve staying overnight [camping] on some occasions if anyone wishes to due to distance or other reason but all within no more than 4hrs drive time from our base in Stonehaven. The dates for these days will be scheduled but the destination will not be decided on until closer to the day in order to find the best place too go relating to the weather conditions forecasted etc

As an example of one of last years trips. Due to forecasted high winds on the coast we decided to head inland to Loch Insh near Aviemore and the River Spey . We opted to meet the night before, some camping others staying at the Watersport Centres own accommodation. Once settled we went for a wee paddle/chill/swim on the Loch then went to The Boathouse for a meal/drinks afterwards sat by the loch round a fire watching sunset. Next day we had breakfast at the boathouse and then started the day paddling round the loch doing some technique and exploring. Quick coffee break at the boat house and we then started to head down the river which a very easy going stretch working on river technique, skills and safety, stopping 1/2 way for a picnic. After we paddled the rest of the way down to The Auld Brig at Aviemore where we had dinner before heading back home.     

How to Book?

Choose a date from my schedule below and see where your adventure takes you! The Day will be an opportunity to not only have an adventure and explore it will also cover technique, trip planning, safety, my endless crap chat etc

The adventure will be over the course of a full day but we will be taking it real easy, lots of breaks, snacks, picnic or pub! [Not supplied by me]


Journey Days are for persons who are confident of standing up in mildy choppy conditions or moving water, have reasonably good fitness, sporty, have great chat etc If you have been on one of my Tours or someone elses that is similar then you will be good to go. Unsure message me! 

If you have had a long break from paddleboarding please make sure you get out on the eater before attending, come rent one my boards or jump on one of my Tours or Social Paddles. 

Cost (16yrs+) £90 with own kit [£120 if using my kit]


(Please note – under 18yrs must have a Parent or Guardian present on the water throughout)


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Fun family trip We had an amazing stand up paddling trip with Dave. Our boys (12 & 10) loved it, as did Mum & Dad. Paddling round the coast to Dunnottar castle and though small caves and inlets on the way was so picturesque. A highlight of our holiday!
Fab I love paddleboarding at Stonehaven and going for tours Dave is fab and knows his stuff.fab for all abilities
Blair G
Great day out! Lessons were so fun! Stonehaven has some fantastic views! What better way to see them than from the water and learn a new skill! We did the beginner course for paddle boarding and had a great time! Highly recommend.
Brilliant beginners lesson We had a beginners lesson with Dave and would highly recommend. I am a little wary of the open water but really wanted to challenge myself, everything was explained clearly and I felt really safe (we reached just beyond the harbour limits without me freaking out). His knowledge & teaching is brilliant, he is patient but will also push you a little so I came away from the lesson energised and wanting to continue paddleboarding. He has a variety of paddleboarding classes you can join after your beginners lesson, I really want to do the River paddleboarding up Deeside.
Lisa M
Best experience ever! My daughter has had a few lessons with Dave, he is loads of fun and a brilliant teacher. She absolutely loves Paddleboarding now, go along for a lesson- I can guarantee you will not be disappointed!!!
Luke P
Great Day! We had a beginners lesson which lasts 2 hours and includes a great deal of information and practical advice before getting on the water. Once on the water all the basics are covered in detail before moving on and progressing at a pace which didn’t feel rushed. Our instructor Angus was patient, friendly and helpful. We had a brilliant time and I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to experience SUP.
Get out there and do it! Started as a beginner last year and never regretted it. It's a fabulous pastime for all levels and ages. Dave is super relaxed but a great instructor and purely thanks to him I'm now competent enough to fully enjoy both sea and river tours. His prices are very reasonable considering the length of the sessions and he supplies all the gear you need! Stonehaven harbour is the perfect starting point for all of his available sea tours with Dunnottar Castle just down the coast and plenty caves to explore in between. If you decide on a river tour you will not be disappointed either since the local River Dee is a beautiful spot to go for a paddle. I highly recommend both Dave and Paddleboarding to everyone!
Private SUP lesson I really wasn’t sure if stand up paddle boarding for the first time as a slightly unfit mum at the age of 54 was gonna be for me but from the first moment dave was ace - very friendly approachable everything explained great kit - I wasn’t remotely cold on a March day it wasn’t a bit as scary as I worried it might be and it was just an amazing lovely experience to see beautiful stonehaven from the sea! Really really great experience couldn’t fault it - defo recommend !!
Sandy Thom
Fantastic Session! Did a one hour taster session which was excellent. Really engaging for the kids (12 years old) and in no time they were up and about. Lots of games and mucking about which was 'instruction by stealth' but it really worked. Stonehaven harbour is perfect for beginners and there are plenty of options beyond the harbour for the more adventurous / skilled. Will definitely be going back.
Best fun ever A group of mates and I had a few lessons and tours. Just the best fun to be had on the water. Great chilled coach and let everyone get on at their own pace. Would highly recommend to anyone. All ages and fitness levels.

Terms & Conditions

Please note that all of our activities carry a degree of risk and require participants to have a reasonable standard of swimming and fitness.

All participants must make me aware of any medical or fitness issues they may have prior to booking.

If conditions are unsuitable on the day of your lesson, I will be in touch via phone to reschedule or offer a refund. Please ensure that I will be able to contact you on the number and e mail you provide when booking. I will try to give as much advance warning as possible if it looks likely that lessons will be cancelled however conditions can change overnight, if you have a long journey to get to us please call/e mail before setting off for an update on conditions.


Activities will begin at the time stated if you, the participant are more than 10 minutes late it may result in you missing the session completely. If you are late and it is still possible for you to take part in the lesson then it will be for the remaining scheduled time only. You will not receive a refund in these circumstances.

In order to make a booking, all participants and parents/guardians of participants under the age of 18 years must confirm that they have read and understand this information along with the cancellation policy. You can do this when you complete the booking enquiry form.

What to bring

  • Swimming costume to wear below your wetsuit – come with it on below your clothes as there are no changing rooms.
  • Changing robe or large towel to help with changing
  • Water proof sun cream – would you believe even on a cloudy day you can get burnt from glare of water
  • Towel
  • Drink (nothing fizzy) and a snack
  • Warm clothing to get changed into after the lesson

We provide...

Wetsuit, wetsuit boots, Board, paddle, safety leash, me.

I am happy for you to bring your own board, paddle and wetsuit providing I feel that they are appropriate for the activity.


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