Here at Saltwater SUP we are a friendly, professional Stand up Paddle Board School and Social Club established in 2017, operating from our local beach at Chalkwell, Essex. We have a team of British Stand Up Paddle Association (BSUPA) qualified instructors teaching a variety of paddle board classes including our excellent Stand up Paddle board taster sessions ideal for beginners keen to experience paddleboarding, our development improver classes , along with 1/2/1 coaching, family teaching days and tours.
Saltwater SUP is in Essex and our instructors are all passionate about Stand Up Paddle boarding, along with a keen interest in other water sports. We have a background in qualified teaching in a variety of different sports – Jeff has FA Football Coaching badges, Ollie qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor before becoming hooked on Paddle Boarding, and Daryl is a Windsurf, Sailing, Kayak and Swimming instructor teaching overseas for many years. Jeff and Ollie have SUP racing experience and recently both have won UK category club races. John is an experienced Kite Surfer. Our team also recently welcomed Amanda and Matt, both great instructors who passed BSUPA instructor course with flying colours. We are also Qualified First Aiders and DBS checked.
Jeff has enjoyed surfing over the years and first tried Stand up paddle boarding in Jersey many years ago. He enjoyed it so much he came home and immediately bought a paddle board. Teaching paddle boarding at Saltwater since 2017, he has recently started SUP racing.
Ollie is the king of ‘step backs’, often seen helicoptering at Chalkwell on his board. Ollie qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor teaching in Islands of Thailand, before becoming hooked on Paddle Boarding. Ollie has also recently started SUP racing and won his first competitive race. Ollie also won the inaugural Saltwater SUP 10.6 club men’s race in 2020.
Daryl is a qualified Paddleboard, Windsurf, Sailing, Kayak and Swimming instructor. Daryl has taught all of the above around the UK and in Europe for many years, currently studying as a PE teacher.
Matt enjoyed the SUP scene at Chalkwell Beach, began supporting with our lessons and enjoyed it so much that continued his paddleboard passion by taking his BSUPA qualifications.
Amanda won our Saltwater SUP 106 ladies race challenge in 2020, has an excellent paddle style and is a great instructor. Amanda passed her BSUPA instructors course with flying colours.
John is an experienced waterman with 20 years on the water enjoying his kitesurfing. He really loves the SUP paddle boarding scene and is looking forward to helping others enjoy the sport.
Chalkwell Beach – Our spiritual home, Saltwater SUP started here in 2017 teaching with just a few boards thrown on the beach with some talented instructors teaching paddle boarding in what was then a quieter spot of the beach. This developed into the paddle board school and team that we have now in what is a vibrant beach area. We love teaching on the beach, the sun, the sand and the beach vibe and of course Saltwater Beach Café. We do though get those days where it can be super gnarly and we look for the calmer inland venues to teach paddle boarding.
Hadleigh Park – Home of the 2012 Olympics biking trail, we have recently had the exciting opportunity to teach at this historic site, close to the ruined Hadleigh Castle overlooking the Thames. Teaching on the reservoir in a calm, quiet environment this is a great place for under 16s, families, those keen to learn before going onto our local Estuary. What we love about the park is that after your session you have access to the wonderful facilities at Hadleigh. You can have a nice food and drink at the café, visit the farm or bring your bikes and use the tracks, investigate the Castle ruins, take in the views of the Estuary, be outside spending quality time outdoors. Choose the activity you would like to do and make it a whole day experience. Even stay the night at the superb Essex Glamping site on the park.