Have you got any questions about stand up paddle boarding or our activities and 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?

Our instructors are Jeff, Daryl and Ollie, BSUPA Qualified Paddle Board Instructors; 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 qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor before becoming hooked on Paddle Boarding, and Daryl as a Windsurf, Sailing, Kayak and Swimming instructor teaching overseas for many years.

All of them are Qualified First Aiders. 

How much and how long are the lessons?

Saltwater’s SUP Taster & Improvers session are £25 per hour.

1-2-1 sessions are £50 per hour.

How long do the sessions last?

Sessions are for one hour, longer sessions can be organised.

What is involved in the SUP Taster Session? 

Teaching SUP sessions to beginners and improvers

  • 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?

Previous experience on a paddleboard, a minimum of one hour + on a paddleboard.

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.

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.

This has also been 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 do I need to bring with me? 

Change of clothes after session, towel. On the day of your session arrive at Saltwater Beach Cafe, 111 Chalkwell Esplanade SS0 8JJ no later than 15 minutes before your session. Be dressed to get wet, ie quick drying sports or yoga clothing. Wetsuits are available if required. 

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. 

How do I book?

Online through our website booking system. 

Online through our website https://saltwater-sup.co.uk/ and booking system https://business.eola.co/outlets/778/activities/stand-up-paddleboard-tuition-hire/details  

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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