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Free Pass to a Paddle Technique Coaching Session

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The Blue Chip SUP Academy at TSC (established in 2008) in  Kingston  was the first ASI accredited SUP School in Europe
We are often imitated, but never equalled...

The Blue Chip SUP Academy now specialises in
Paddle Technique Coaching Sessions

If you have purchased a board from The Real Blue Chip SUP Store in the last 2 months
you can claim your free adult pass to join in on one of our Wednesday Evening
Paddle Technique Coaching Sessions
Pre booking is essential

To book your FREE 1½ hour adult Paddle Technique Coaching Session: Our Paddle Technique Coaching Sessions 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)

Book your Free Pass Paddle Technique Coaching Session here

If you have purchased an iSUP from The Real Blue Chip SUP Store within the last 2 months
you are eligible to have a free adult pass to one of our
Wednesday Evening group Paddle Technique Session

  Conditions in brief  
1 You must have purchased an iSUP board from The Real Blue Chip SUP Store within the last 2 months
2 The Paddle Technique Session is condition on you using your own board, paddle, leash etc.  
4 The Free Pass is for one adult only per board purchase  
5 The Free Pass is subject to availability and for adults only  
6 The free session lis subject to availability.  
7 The Free Pass lessons are subject to regular session conditions  Click Here for details
8 The last “Free Paddle Technique Coaching Session” for 2021 will be on Wednesday 29th Sept
9 We do not carry over the “Free Paddle Technique Coaching Session” to the following season.

TSC  Paddle Technique Session run on the principle of safety, knowledge, fun and more fun.
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.

If you need to know more details on the Paddle Technique Coaching Sessions, just send an email to:

What should I bring for a Paddle Technique 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 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

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 150,000+ 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 trains the SUP instructors at the Thames Sailing Club Paddleboard School.
Thames Sailing Club Paddleboards School
 is owned and operated by the Thames Sailing Club and runs in association with Blue Chip Board Store. TSCPS offers SUP beginner lessons 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 Real Blue Chip Super Club 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 The Real Blue Chip Super Club Members only or by invitation.

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:

  • Questions and answers
  • Information on progressing your SUPing
  • Accessing Blue Chip Super Club equipment for practice

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

Paddle Technique Sessions

We offer a "Paddle Technique 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.
During your Paddle Technique 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