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Some things are better with experience
and Blue Chip has over 30 years of experience driven knowledge
Let us share our experience and knowledge with you on
Saturday 1st July 2017

10:00 - 15:00

What a great day for bringing SUP to new guys & gals
over 120 people tried SUP for the first time at this event last year...

1st ASI SUP School in Europe 1st ASI SUP Instructor in Europe
British Canoeing National SUP Coaching Scheme

Blue Chip is a centre of excellence for SUP teaching
It's all happening 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)

For more info:  click here to send a mail

  • We have the UK' best ASI instructors on hand

  • We have the UK' best SUP equipment on hand 

  • We are now offering you the chance to tryout SUP
    and best of all It's
    FREE -
    each "Try SUPing" session will last for about 20-30 minutes

  • If you can already SUP, come on down to try the latest  Starboard kit

  • Become a crew member of the Astro Starship

  • Have a go at SUPolo and win a crate of beer for your team


  • All "Try SUPing" sessions are subject to river and weather conditions
  • All "Try SUPing" participants must:
    • Sign a disclaimer
    • be able to swim 50 metres
    • Wear an ISO certified buoyancy aid (which we can provide)
    • Remain with and take instructions from their appointed instructor whilst on the water
    • If your weight is 110 kgs or over, you must supply your own EN ISO certified buoyancy aid
  • Blue Chip Parent and Child "Try SUPing" sessions:
    • Subject to river and weather conditions.
    • The child's parent must remain on site and within sight and sound of their child at all times. 
    • Minimum age 8 years old
    • Minimum child height 1.3 metres
    • You child must be a confident swimmer and able to swim 2 x 25m lengths of a swimming pool back to back
    • Your child must wear a EN ISO certified buoyancy aid which we can supply
  • Each "Try SUPing" session will last for about 20-30 minutes..
    the Try SUPing sessions are "not a structured SUP lesson", just a quick introduction the SUP under the supervision
    of one or more of our ASI qualified instructors.
    If you would prefer to take part in one of our structured SUP Lessons you can book up by clicking here

  • We reserve the right to refuse participation in a "Try SUPing" session whatsoever on any account to anyone
    on the grounds of safety or any other reason and our decision will be final.
The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) is the licensing authority for outdoor activity centres for young people in
Great Britain. It is part of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the government body charged with overseeing health and safety in all workplaces. for more information go to: .
SUP is within the scope of the AALA licensing scheme which means that
ANY SUP teaching establishment and or ANY instructor that undertakes teaching outdoor activities including SUP to  children under the age of 18 without their parents also taking part will need to hold a current AALA license. Although Blue Chip is the longest established accredited SUP school in the Europe, we have no intention of applying for an AALA License at present. Nevertheless, Blue Chip SUP School is authorized to offer our parent and child "Try SUPing" sessions as the parents are also present within the lesson. You can check the credentials of Brian Johncey (principle instructor) by clicking here

What should I bring for a SUP taster session?

Paddleboarding is not a falling in sport. Virtually none of our students 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.

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

It's all part of the Blue Chip Season



We will have some of the best boards & paddles available for you to try

09:30 Signing in opens.
10:00 Try SUPing sessions start
  The SUP FREE intro taster sessions will continue every 30 minutes
throughout day until 15:00  
12:00 Teas & coffee available and the bar will be open
15:00 The SUP day winds down

We are not taking advanced bookings before the day on the "Try SUPing" sessions….  
We have found in past when we have offered free Try SUPing sessions, that  too many
people have let us down and blocked off sessions as we do not require a financial commitment to attend.

We recommend arriving early and once you have signed in,
we will then book you onto the next available session slot.
Places will be limited
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 coaching & technique workshops take place here