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Blue Chip SUP Skippers Lessons

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1st ASI SUP School in Europe 1st ASI SUP Instructor in Europe
The ASI is recognised as the World leader in the provision of qualified SUP instructors and accredited schools: Not all SUP Schools can achieve and maintain the rigorous standards required to be an accredited ASI SUP School. Blue Chip is proud to have a 100% ASI recognition standard.

ASI SUP Wise - SUP School Centre of Excellence

British Canoeing

is the National Governing Body (NGB)
for paddle sports in the UK

(Worldwide, British Canoeing and ASI are the most widely accepted accreddited SUP Schools)

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So you have had a go at SUP and just need some private coaching?

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Blue Chip SUP Skipper School (established in 2008) in  Kingston, Guildford and Molesey was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe
The Guildford Lido technique sessions are only open to Blue Chip SUPer Club Members

To book your 2 hour Blue Chip SUP Skipper Lessons: Click once if you are booking for just yourself (one person), If you are booking for more than one person just click  once for each person you are booking. The location will vary according to dates and conditions. We will confirm the location well in advance of the course date. Most beginners lessons will take place at our Kingston base:- Thames Sailing Club, Portsmouth Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HH click on the link for map. Surbiton Railway Station (17 minutes from Waterloo) is only 10 minutes walk away from TSC see the link above. (there is parking at the Club)

Our SUP Skipper Lessons run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.
The Blue Chip Instructor team   -   Maximum Student/Staff Ratio 4:1
This is a great sport involving lots of fun and at the same time low impact exorcise for your central core muscle group, legs,
arms and general balance. By the end of the lesson you should be up to the Blue Chip SUP Skipper standard
and receive your endorsed SUP Skipper pass card

Once you have your SUP Skipper card you will not only be
able to rent boards from Blue Chip for either practice or
to test drive on Saturdays during our lesson times but also 
for our popular Wednesday Adventure paddles.

The Blue Chip SUP Skipper card shows that you have successfully completed our
British Canoeing and ASI SUP accredited SUP Skipper lesson

(Worldwide, British Canoeing and ASI are the most widely accepted accreddited SUP Schools)


If you need to know more details, just send an email to:

What should I bring for a SUP Skipper session?

Paddleboarding is not a falling in 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)

So you’re not actually going to get wet, you really don’t need any special kit for paddleboarding (unless you’re going out in the waves, which is not on the agenda for any of our taster sessions). However, if you want to play safe there would be no harm in having a change of clothing and a towel in your car for your first few sessions, just in case.

Your feet are the only part of your body that will come into contact with the water, but boards have good grip so bare feet or some old trainers will be fine. If you have surf boots you want to use then by all means bring them, but they certainly are not necessary. Shorts (or skirt) are the best bet, but you could always just roll your trouser-legs up if there’s no other option.

Please bring bottled water and may be a snack for after your lesson

Sunglasses are advisable, and on hot days it’s worth having some sun screen on , as you always burn faster on the water.

Other than that, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. You’re going to have fun out there

Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Thames from Teddington to Shepperton twice a week, every week. Blue Chip has been a professional water sports store since 1980 and at the forefront of SUP in the UK since the beginning. Check out our Blue Chip SUPer Club online blog with 200,000+ viewings, we are not just following a trend and jumping on the band wagon, we're setting the trend and moving the sport forward all the time. Blue Chip is probably the leading SUP store and SUP school in the UK.

Brian Johncey, a water sports professional since 1970, a highly qualified instructor with over 40 years experience and oversees the Blue Chip SUP School.
Blue Chip SUP School
 is owned and operated by Piotr Kadziela trading as Blue Chip SUP School and runs in association with Blue Chip Board Store. Blue Chip SUP School offers SUP beginner lessons as part of the ASI, British Canoeing and BSUPA SUP courses at our water based centre (Thames Sailing Club)


Thames Sailing Club in Kingston Upon Thames is a great place to start and progress your SUP adventure. With full club facilities Changing Rooms, Showers etc. This is a great place which we often use on our Wednesday evening paddles.
Most SUP Skipper and intermediate coaching will take place here

The Blue Chip SUP School also uses the 12,000 m2 (approximately 3 acres) Guildford Lido which is a 50 x 27.4m heated outdoor pool set in landscaped gardens on the edge of Guildford close to the A3 so very convenient to get to. The Pool is between 1.5m and 2.5m in depth. This is a great way to improve your "tail sink" turns and other risky maneuvers in a safe and fun environment. 
Guildford Lido technique sessions will be open to Blue Chip SUPer Club Members only or by invitation.

Hurst Park
Our Hurst park location is in Molesey just west of Hampton Court. We paddle out and around the Hampton Court area with its fabulous backdrop We have been teaching SUP at this location since 2006 so we know it very well.

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 SUPerlub has over 140,000 viewings of its on-line paddling adventures. Club has over 150,000 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 Skipper 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 (who oversees the SUP School ) 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


The Blue Chip SUP Skipper School syllabus
Your pathway to an enjoyable and safe paddling experience


We recomend you bring a small energy snack and drinking water for 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

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 safely move your position on a board
  • How to fall off the board safely
  • How to turn the board
  • Safe dismount from the board with paddle

Session Debriefing:

Discover your local water ways like never before
  • No Wind or Waves required
  • Great Fun on the Water
  • Any one can do it
  • Great core work out
  • Cruise the inland water ways
  • Surf on the smallest of UK waves

 If you haven't tried this stimulating new water sport, then take the opportunity and try one of our taster sessions. SUP appeals to boys, girls, men and women of all ages, check out the video below. Our taster sessions take place near to Hampton Court on the quite waters of the upper Thames with some great back drops

Blue Chip SUP Skipper Sessions

We offer a "SUP Taster Session" in which we cover board and paddle design including their relevant applications and advice on which type of boards and paddles would best suit for your individual requirements. We give you the opportunity to try SUP boarding in a safe environment where you will also be able to try various boards and paddles to get an understanding of how they could affect your paddling. Blue Chip "SUP.
During your Blue Chip Taster Session (which will last for about 2 hours) you will be partnered with an experienced SUPer on a ratio of no more than four novices to one experienced paddler so you will have a high level of guidance (and fun).
Maximum Student/Staff Ratio 4:1

Blue Chip SUP School refund policy