A fully approved British Stand Up Paddle Association School


Here at Saltwater SUP we are a friendly, professional Stand up Paddle Boarding School and Social Club established in 2017, an  accredited British Stand Up Paddle Board (BSUPA) school,  operating from our local beach at Chalkwell, Essex. We have an excellent team of 7 qualified BSUPA instructors, teaching a variety of courses including  BSUPA’S  ‘Ready to Tour’ great for learning about SUP trip planning, tides and winds, our excellent Stand up Paddle boarding taster sessions ideal for beginners keen to experience paddleboarding, our development improver classes, along with 1/2/1 coaching, corporate and large group parties and tours. 

BSUPA School

In May 2021 we became a fully accredited and licensed BSUPA school and have a team of 8 qualified instructors.

Saltwater SUP is qualified to teach paddle boarding at all levels, including certificated paddle board courses, organising/ running tours and SUP racing. We have been on an incredible journey over the last 7 summers with fantastic support from a number of influential people in the water sports industry.

We are proud of the community and vibe that we have created at our local beach at Chalkwell and look forward to continuing and developing this.


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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 a bit bumpy adding to the fun and excitement of open sea paddling. We do teach surf stance paddleboarding! 

Two Tree Island, Leigh on Sea – We use this Nature Reserve Island to teach BSUPA’s 3 hour  ‘Ready to Tour’ course. Two Tree offers great visual markers on what you are being taught about including navigation, land coverage by flooding tides and how that is indicated by sea maps. Often seen as an easy paddling location, when conditions are not favourable, if paddlers do not understand ebbing tides, wind direction/speeds  it can be a daunting location. With the correct knowledge it is a wonderful paddling location both at high and low tide. 


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