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Blue Chip SUP School Lessons

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Blue Chip SUP School (established in 2008) in Shepperton, Kingston, Guildford and Molesey was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe

Brian Johncey, a water sports professional since 1970, a voluntary Youth Activity leader, 1974 was a co leader taking 60 children on a 4 week expedition into the Sahara Desert. Brian has been a highly qualified instructor with over 40 years experience, bringing knowledge, experience and passion to SUP.
  • Brian has qualified as:
  • BCU canoe instructor
  • BSAC sub aqua instructor
  • One of the first RYA windsurfing instructors
  • ASI SUP instructor
Other Blue Chip credentials include:
  • Blue Chip was the first in the ASI accredited SUP School in Europe
  • Brian was the first ASI Instructor in Europe qualified to ASI levels 1 & 2.
  • Qualified to RYA Power Boat level 1 & 2 re-validated March 2015.
  • Brian has qualified as an Activity First Aider
  • National Rescue Award from the Royal National Life Saving Society
  • ASI Water Safety Rescue Award re-validated April 2015
  • Enhanced CRB Certificate validated January 2015


1st ASI SUP School in Europe 1st ASI SUP Instructor in Europe

Three fantastic locations at:   - Kingston - Guildford - Molesey

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Brian instructs the Blue Chip SUP Taster Sessions personally assisted by his team of qualified ASI and Blue Chip assistant instructors so you can be sure that Blue Chip SUP lessons have the best instructor / student ratios in the business, it is not unusual in the Blue Chip SUP lessons to have a 1-1 ratio of instructors/students.



The SUP phenomenon:

When SUP first came to the UK, Blue Chip embraced this up and coming water sport. Blue Chip soon gained a reputation as the leading store and knowledge base for SUP in the UK. At Blue Chip, customer service, reputation, experience and knowledge of the sport matters.

The Numbers:

Over the past few years, many hundreds of people have enjoyed the Blue Chip SUP Taster Sessions. Blue Chip SUPer Club has over 200,000 viewings of its on-line paddling adventures.

The Blue Chip SUP School Experience:  

Over 40 years of experience, knowledge and passion in teaching water sports has taught us not to compromise on the details, details such as the equipment we use, the teaching techniques we use and the passion we give to the sport of Stand Up Paddling. The past 40 years have given Blue Chip a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion, that we bring to every SUP lesson.

  • Our SUP Lessons run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.
  • All our instructors are Qualified ASI SUP Instructors in Flat Water Level 1 and Open Water Level 2
  • Brian Johncey (head instructor) was the first ASI qualified instructor in Europe
  • Blue Chip SUP School was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe
  • Our comprehensive SUP taster sessions take you through every aspect of SUP

These videos will give you a good background to your lesson
Basic paddle technique part 1 Basic paddle technique part 1

The Blue Chip SUP School syllabus  

We provide a small energy snack and bottled water as part of your course  

Overall Safety:

  • Awareness of the environment and potential risks of chosen paddle locations:
  • Other water craft and rights of passage
  • Coastal tides, springs, neaps and tidal ebbs
  • Static and dynamic hazards
  • Winds & wind fetch.
  • River flows and currents
  • River tides, springs, neaps and tidal ebbs
  • Leashes
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Locks
  • How to cope with emergency situations
  • Self rescue 
Equipment review:
  • Board designs including hard shell and inflatable plus their relevant advantages
  • Paddle designs and their relevant advantages
  • Using a board leash, which style of leash to use etc.
  • We will have a variety of equipment to demonstrate the various attributes
Land based practical:
  • Attaching the leash to your board correctly .
  • The correct way to stand on the board, including footedness
  • How to pick up and carry the board safely with consideration to current conditions.  
  • Paddle height - Finding the correct starting point for paddle height
Water based technique:
  • Entering the water safely and things to be aware of
  • Getting on board
  • Paddle technique including the 4 phases of:-
    • 1. Blade entry
    • 2. Catch
    • 3. Stroke
    • 4. Recovery
  • Moving the board past the anchored blade
  • Core rotation
  • Knee paddling and prone paddle technique
  • Transition from prone paddling to standing with paddle to start paddling
  • How to fall off the board safely
  • How to turn the board
  • Safe dismount from the board with paddle