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TSC has a fantastic location at Surbiton / Kingston
with full clubhouse facilities

The Real Blue Chip SUPer Club at Thames Sailing Club

We are often imitated, but never equalled...

Paddleboarding is one of the sports of the future. Paddleboarding on the Thames at TSC is the best location around, plenty of space, a great reach of the river and an excellent Paddleboarding club. 

In 2009, "The Real Blue Chip SUPer Club" was the first adventure and social Paddleboard Club in the UK, and have now become an integral part of the Thames Sailing Club. We are a friendly Paddleboarding club, paddling in and around North East Surrey. We are mainly a social and adventure paddleboard club and we paddle every Wednesday evening plus Saturdays and Sundays during the summer.

Our home water is on the Thames in Surbiton at the Thames Sailing Club, 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.

Stand up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. The Thames Sailing Club has embraced this new sport and offers superb access to the River Thames as well as offering a new class of Paddleboarding membership. Everything is on offer including;

  • Membership
  • Beginner sessions
  • Clubhouse facilities
  • Car Park
  • Mega Board adventures
  • Board storage
  • Improver sessions
  • Social paddling
  • White Water Paddling
  •  Surfing adventures
If you haven't tried this stimulating new water sport, then take the opportunity and try one of the TSCPS  taster sessions at the club.
Paddleboarding appeals to boys, girls, men and women of all ages.
There are beginner lessons taking place at Thames Sailing Club most weekends

The Thames Sailing Club Beginner Lessons:

Thames Sailing Club Paddleboard School:-
The original Blue Chip Paddleboard School started in 2008 by Brian Johncey soon built up a reputation of excellence and fun training, being the first ASI qualified school in Europe. The school established a great relationship with The Thames Sailing Club in Surbiton in 2010. The Thames Sailing Club Paddleboard School was the natural progression.

The Good News:-
Thames Sailing Club
is delighted that the same team of Club instructors that built the original school’s reputation will continue to teach Paddleboarding at the Thames Sailing Club Paddleboard School.

TSCPS  instructors have all been tutored by Brian Johncey at the Blue Chip Paddleboard Instructor Training Centre. All the TSC Paddleboard instructors have maintained their ASI and or British Canoeing qualifications, TSCPS instructors are certified by British Canoeing “Paddle-Safe, Safeguarding and Best Practices” along with first aid qualifications..

TSCPS Lessons run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.


Questions & Answers:

     
When does the Thames Sailing Club  Paddleboard School (TSCPS)
run its Lessons?
Most Saturdays from April to end of October at 09:00
     
Will I be able to do it first time?   Yes! Flat Water Stand Up Paddle boarding 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!). We guarantee that you’ll be on your feet and paddling within your first session.
     
Can I come on my own and join in with a group?   Yes, you can book in for just you on your own and join in one of our TSCPS  Saturday morning group lessons
     
What are the class sizes?   There will be at least one fully qualified Instructor taking the class with a maximum of 8 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 4:1 students to an experienced paddler, (it is not unusual for our classes to run with a 2:1 ratio), we have found our students benefit greatly having experienced paddlers on hand within the lesson.
     
Can I organise a small group of friends to have our own lesson session ?   Yes, if you can get a group of 5 - 10, we will give you a 10% discount and the session will be devoted just to you group
     
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 difference, you will still be Paddleboarding by the end of the lesson
What equipment does theTSCPS 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).
     
Where is the teaching location?   The TSCPS lessons take place at Thames Sailing Club in Surbiton KT6 4HH on the quite non tidal waters of the upper Thames with some great back drops.
     
What if I can’t swim?   Like any water sport, it is highly recommend that 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 SUP surfing?   TSCPS only teach on flat water and open water environments. Their SUP lessons will not teach you to surf. However, Once you have successfully completed your flat water Paddleboard lesson, you can join in on one of TSCPS Surfing coaching sessions at the coast.
     
What qualifications do the instructors have to teach?   TSCPS have British Canoeing Paddleboarding instructors at the School and abide by the high international standards for Paddleboarding school operations and are recognised worldwide.
     
Once I have completed the Paddleboard Lesson, what next?   Now that you can Paddleboard safely and in control, you can join in with us on our Blue Chip Super Club Paddleboarding adventures, we paddle every Wednesday evening and a lot of Sundays
     
Can I join The Real Blue Chip Super Club ?   Yes, you can join the The Real Blue Chip SUPer Club which includes membership of the Thames Sailing Club, then you can come paddling with us on any of our Wednesday evening and any club paddles, SUPing is a very sociable sport and the more the merrier. for more details click here