A fully approved British Stand Up Paddle Association School


Have you got any questions about stand up paddle boarding or our activities and SUP lessons? Here we answer the most common FAQs we get asked. Please get in touch with us, if you have further queries. 

Who are the instructors?

We have a strong team of qualified paddle board instructors Jeff, Daryl, Ollie, Lucy who are Level 2 BSUPA Qualified Paddle Board Instructors (Advanced Race & Tour); BSUPA Level 1 Qualified are Amanda, John and Matt all with a strong passion for Stand Up Paddleboarding, along with a keen interest in other water sports.

All of them have backgrounds in teaching different sports – Jeff, FA Football Coaching badges. Ollie is qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor before becoming hooked on Paddle Boarding. Daryl has been a Windsurf, Sailing, Kayak and Swimming Instructor teaching overseas for many years before becoming a SUP Instructor. John is an experienced Kite Surfer Instructor. Lucy is an experienced Outdoor Education Facilitator for many years teaching globally most recently teaching a variety of watersports in Australia and New Zealand.

All are Qualified First Aiders, DBS checked.

How much and how long are the lessons?

  • Saltwater’s SUP Taster & Improvers session are range from £25-30 per hour dependent on the session.
  • 1-2-1 sessions are £55 per hour.
  • BSUPA’s certificated Ready to Ride course £55 is a 2 hour course.
  • Saltwater’s SUP Paddleboard Improver Journey is £35 which includes a 90 minute session, includes a hot drink and croissant!
  • Saltwater SUP Safety and Rescue course a 3 hour lesson, costing £55.

How long do the sessions last?

  • Sessions are for one hour, longer sessions can be organised.
  • Our sea journey improver classes are 90 minutes, costing £35.

What is involved in the SUP Taster Session? 

Teaching SUP sessions to beginners and improvers includes:

  • Land intro overview of local conditions, weather, tide & safety
  • Overview of board & paddle
  • Water Demo
  • Coaching of paddleboard strokes and techniques
  • Water demo & water session
  • Finish – feedback and advice on next stage development and courses

What is involved in the SUP Improver Session?

This session is designed to improve confidence, paddle stroke and technique especially in local Estuary conditions.

  • Land intro overview of local conditions, weather, tide & safety
  • Water based coaching and demo.
  • To develop paddle stroke, core, step back and reverse paddle stroke and stance in a fun, informative and relaxed session.
  • Previous experience on a paddleboard, a minimum of one hour + on a paddleboard.

What is involved in the 1-2-1 session? 

This is an individually tailored session to the person and develops confidence on the paddleboard; this is for all levels of paddlers, from total beginners to more experienced riders. It is excellent for people who learnt on flat water who are not as confident on the local Estuary.

Coaching is relaxed, yet informative to develop both your ability and technique.

What is involved in the BSUPA Ready to Ride? 

BSUPA Level 1 “Ready to Ride” course is aimed at adults who have never stand up paddled before or people who have had a go but want to learn the paddle boarding properly. Learning to paddleboard is a fast and fun process with a qualified BSUPA Instructor and BSUPA approved SUP school. The course structure is designed to give you the information you need to get on the water safely, have fun and learn the basic techniques of paddle boarding.

During the course you will be given an introduction to how the weather and environment affects you, how to carry the board and paddle, paddling technique, different types of turns, self rescue, how to fall safely as well as how to plan expeditions and the basics of stance in surf.

The 2 hour course is run in flat water at Hadleigh Park and at the end of it, you will be presented with your BSUPA Level 1 Ready to Ride Certificate.

What is involved in the Sea Journey Improver Class?

The Sea Journey Improver session helps you to Build confidence with an advanced BSUPA Level 2 (Race & Tour) Qualified instructor on the open sea.

  • Where you are at: You have had a SUP lesson / You have your own board and taught yourself.
  • You have taken BSUPA’s Ready to Ride on flat water.

What you want – You want to build confidence and knowledge to go on the open sea. You are looking for the next step to paddle efficiently and in doing so be able to go on longer trips safely. Then this session is for you! 

  • We will teach you water safety skills to build your confidence to further your paddle experience. 
  • On this paddle we will teach you to improve to an efficient paddle stroke, manage sea ‘chop’ to learn how to navigate obstacles and third parties afloat taking into account, flow, weather and any other elements, learn about exit options, develop an understanding of personal gear you might take with you when touring. 

At the end we will discuss your development over a hot coffee/hot chocolate/tea and croissant provided by Saltwater Beach Cafe.

What do I need to bring with me? 

Change of clothes after session, towel. On the day of your session arrive at either Saltwater Beach Cafe, 111 Chalkwell Esplanade SS0 8JJ or Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Ln, Hadleigh, Benfleet SS7 2PP no later than 15 minutes before your session. Be dressed to get wet, ie if you have a wetsuit bring it with you or quick drying sports or yoga clothing. Wetsuits are available if required. 

Our sessions start on time please factor in travel time and if a sunny day parking!

What times are your sessions? 

  • We go out on high tide at Chalkwell Beach, this of course varies day to day. 
  • We can offer sessions at low tide leaving from Two Tree Island. 
  • Hadleigh Country Park we are there on Fridays and Sundays from May until September.

How do I book?

Through our online website booking system via https://saltwater-sup.co.uk/sup-lessons/

What happens if I need to cancel my lesson?

Cancellation policy – We operate 72 hour cancellation on bookings. Prior to 72 hours bookings can be cancelled or rescheduled with no additional charge. If you are unable to attend due to Covid illness or isolation notification we will reschedule at no cost. 

If you are unable to attend you may be able to transfer your booking to a friend/family member, contact us to organise the transfer. 

A failure to attend a booked lesson/course will be considered a cancellation. 

Do I need to be able to swim?

You do not need to be a confident swimmer but being able to swim 20m will definitely help. Your buoyancy aid, wetsuit and the 10.6 board will help you stay afloat! We teach you self-rescue (how to get back on a board) on your first lesson. 

Are you insured?

Yes, we have a fully comprehensive insurance with liability up to £6 million.

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