FAQs

Here’s a list of the most regularly asked questions that may be of use.

If you’re still unsure on anything you have our contact details available here so feel free to get in touch now.

When do you run lessons?

Every Thursday and Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday mornings from mid March to end of October.
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Will I be able to do it first time?

Our aim is to get you on the water and standing up, but everyone is different and whilst some are up straight away others may take a little longer, which is all part of our intro sessions.   Being able to launch, navigate, paddle and land safely is the objective of first the lesson and we make sure you’re prepared with our land based session.

Can I practise and improve my SUP skills without having to buy a board?

You can join any of our lessons and use our boards to practise and improve your SUP skills. You can also work towards your SUP Skipper Card which would allow you to hire our paddle boards and enjoy some time on the water outside of a lesson.

Can I try before I buy?

We recommend trying boards and getting a rounded view of the options to best suit you.  We have a large selection of demo boards and paddles available.

Do I need water sports experience at all, would it make a difference?

You don’t need to be experienced in any watersports to enjoy paddle boarding.

What equipment does the SUP School use?

Buoyancy aids will be provided 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). Everything is provided by us.

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What are the class sizes?

There will be at least one fully qualified ASI Instructor taking the class with a maximum of 8 students to a class as we feel this is the maximum to operate safely.

Where is the teaching location?

Our SUP lessons take place at Surbiton on the quite waters of the River Thames or by Walton Bridge so both being non-tidal.

What if I can’t swim?

Like any water sport, it is highly recommend that you can swim, however you are provided with buoyancy aid.

What qualifications do the instructors have to teach?

We are ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) qualified and an ASI Accredited Stand Up Paddle (SUP) School and abide by the high international standards for SUP school operations.

Who are ASI?

Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) is the world’s leading education and accreditation organisation in the surf industry, specialising in surfing, stand up paddle and bodyboarding. They train accredited instructors, and issue ASI accredited school status according to the ASI worldwide standard.

Once I have completed my SUP Lessons, what next?

Now that you can SUP safely and in control, you can join in with us on our SUP adventures, we paddle every Wednesday evening and a lot of Sundays.

Do I need my own board to come SUPing with the Blue Chip SUPer Club?

No, you can rent a board, paddle and leash from us. This is usually £30 for the day/evening.  Terms apply for rental equipment.