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Paddle Something Unusual

It's more than okay to be a little weird

Paddle Something Unusual

Event details & registration


The Paddle Something Unusual is the perfect opportunity for those of you less stable in the community to exercise their creativity and join in the Paddle. You could be a business promoting itself and your CSR program, a group of friends, a pub or a football club etc

In previous years we’ve had everything from aeroplanes to cranes, from a bed to a shed – the only guidelines are to make it as ridiculous (but safe) as possible, raise plenty of money – and have a spectacularly good laugh doing it!


To enter this amazing event, there is registration a fee of £10 per person. This all goes to the charity. So come and get involved and register your team now!

  • Your craft must be paddled manually 
  • Anyone who is taking part in the water has to be able to swim a minimum of 100 metres in the sea 
  • Have a minimum crew of two (no maximum limit) 
  • Absolutely no propellers or engines of any kind other than fuelled by spinach (and beans) 
  • You must ensure that it is seaworthy and capable of making it! That’s it!
On the day

Because of obvious parking restrictions, you will be expected to deliver your vessel down to Hove Lawns Beach early on the Sunday morning. All entries will be on display to the public for them to admire and photograph before the event. 

You will need to present yourself at the Registration Tent so that we can confirm to our safety boats that you will be on the water. Hand in or complete and documentation. Here you can also hand in any paper sponsorship forms. 

We aim to set off promptly, dependent upon weather and tides. 

You will be responsible for your own delivery/collection of your board and also responsible for your own safety and behaviour.  

You MUST remove and dispose of your own craft; no craft is to be left on the beach at all after the event has finished 

There may be a charge for any team who leaves their craft on the beach after the event has finished.

Access & Safety

There is limited vehicle access to the beach/ prom after 9AM on the Sunday, for safety reasons, so unless you are able to carry the craft from the Peace Statue, you’ll need to have your craft on the beach and have removed any vehicle/s by 9AM.  

You can leave the craft on the beach once you have delivered it. 

All craft must be removed safely after the event. 

There will be a water safety team on and offshore during the event. 

We strongly advise that all participants wear a personal flotation device. 

Please DO NOT get on your craft before you are past the breaking waves (should there be any) and also dismount your craft before returning to shore – there is a danger in that zone especially with heavy crafts. 

The safety team’s decision is final on all maters.

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