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Questions and Answers

When do you run beginner lessons?
Most Saturday mornings from mid-March to end of October

Will I be able to do it first time?
Yes! Stand Up Paddle boarding is not a difficult sport. Virtually none of our clients fall in - and any dunkings that have occurred are almost always due to over-exuberance (and thus entirely avoidable if you want to stay dry!). We guarantee that you'll be on your feet and paddling within your first session.

Can I practise and improve my SUP skills without having to buy a board?
Absolutely, you can come along on most of our club lessons and rent one of our Club boards to practise and improve you SUP skills, you can arrange this by clicking here

Do I need water sports experience at all, would it make a difference?
No but previous water sports experience is an advantage but it will make no significant difference, you will still be SUPing by the end of the lesson

What equipment do the SUPer Club School provide for the lesson?
We provide the boards, leashes, paddles and buoyancy aids but you will be expected to bring along any personal equipment that you require such as: Trainers that can get wet or wetsuit booties and a towel (just in case).

What are the class sizes?
There will be at least one fully qualified Instructor taking the class with a maximum of 6 students to a class as we feel this is the maximum to operate safely. In Addition to the qualified Instructor, our classes also incorporate experienced paddlers with a minimum ratio of 4 students to an instructor / experienced paddler, we have found our students benefit greatly having experienced paddlers on hand within the lesson.

Where is the teaching location?
Our SUP lessons take place at Thames Sailing Club in Surbiton on the quiet waters of the River Thames with some great back drops.

What if I can't swim?
Like any water sport, it is highly recommended that you can swim. However, we have buoyancy aids and will ensure that you go no deeper than chest high in the water should you be unfortunate enough to fall in.

Can I be taught to SUP surfing?
We only teach on flat water environments. Our SUP lessons will not teach you to surf. However, once you have successfully completed your flat water SUP lesson, you can join in on one of our SUP Surfing sessions at the coast.

What qualifications do the instructors have to teach?
We have British Canoeing / ASI / BSUA qualified instructors and abide by the high international standards for SUP school operations.

Once I have completed the SUP Lesson, what next?
Now that you can SUP safely and in control, you can enrol in our TSC as a SUP member and join in with us on our SUP adventures, we paddle every Wednesday evening and a lot of Saturdays & Sundays

Where are the Club Paddles
Our home water is on the Thames in Surbiton where we teach, however, our paddles can be on the River Thames, Wey, Mole or Ember as well as day trips to the Avon, Arun and the coast. We also arrange 2-3 day trips for white water paddling and well as our adventure trips to Portugal, France, Spain, Greece and Amsterdam.

Do I need my own board to come SUPing with the Blue Chip SUPer Club?
We strongly advise you to get your own board as you will progress your skill much quicker using the same equipment each time, however, depending on where we paddle, you may be able to rent a Club board, paddle and leash. This is usually £30 for the day/evening (subject to availability). Just clicking here to register yourself with the Club by sending an email to us. We will then keep you informed on our next few SUPer Club paddle outings.

Now I can SUP, what about improving my technique ?

Our Improver Sessions are aimed at beginner to intermediate paddlers. If you want add even more enjoyment to your paddling, join one of our improver sessions. The paddle is by far the most important piece of your SUP equipment. By improving your paddling technique, you will decrease your fatigue levels and increase your performance levels. Improve your Paddling by joining us on any of these regular advancement sessions

Last updated 21:08 on 30 January 2020

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