A fully approved British Stand Up Paddle Association School


Saltwater SUP stand up paddle boarding school 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.

 Jeff and Ollie have SUP racing experience and recently both have won UK category club & national series races.  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, Jeff started SUP racing in 2020 and has a number of race wins, including first place in the 'Veterans' category at the Viking Bay, GBSUP Ocean Series race in October 2021.

BSUPA qualified advanced Level 2 Race & Tour SUP instructor


Ollie is the king of ‘step backs’, the Water Wizard is often seen helicoptering at Chalkwell on his board. Ollie is an expert in winds, tides, and coastal navigation. Ollie qualified as a PADI Dive Instructor teaching in Islands of Thailand, before becoming hooked on paddle boarding. Ollie has had success in SUP racing, winning a number of first division local, regional and national category races between 2020-2022. Recently ranked in the top 10 UK long distance SUP racing as well as in the top 40 globally.
Ollie is also the 3 times Saltwater SUP 10.6 club men’s race winner.

BSUPA qualified advanced Level 2 Race & Tour SUP instructor

Saltwater SUP instructor Matt

Matt in 2022 entered his 3rd season of teaching at Saltwater SUP, he started being part of the SUP scene at Chalkwell Beach and began supporting us with our lessons. His enjoyment led him to pursue his paddle boarding passion further by taking his BSUPA qualifications.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


John is an experienced waterman with 20 years on the water enjoying his kitesurfing. He really loves the SUP paddle boarding scene and is an excellent calm person on the water. John really enjoys teaching others how to paddle board and is an expert on the local tide and wind conditions.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


Shell has been involved in coastal gig rowing in our Estuary for over 8 years and has competed in and won many races including the Great River Race (1st place in class) and the European Fixed Seat Rowing race in Italy in 2019 (Bronze). Having tried paddleboarding, Shell fell in love with the sport. As a qualified PT she decided to take her BSUPA instructors qualification and is now excited about sharing her skills and love of the sport with others.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


Steve is a keen Ironman triathlete and open water swimmer, after trying paddle boarding some years ago loved the calm it brings, becoming a BSUPA qualified instructor was a natural progression. Steve enjoys teaching others to develop paddleboarding safely, start and progress through sharing his skills, knowledge and passion for this sport.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


Barry has been paddle boarding for over 10 years, from windsurfing background he enjoys introducing people to the sport. He has arranged overseas paddle boarding trips and loves to get his board and tour.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


Giannina is a SUP junkie! Starting her paddle boarding journey after finally getting over her fear of (cold) sea water, the rest is history. Giannina is a Saltwater graduate. She started paddle boarding with our first course, then completing our Safety & Rescue course before deciding to take the BSUPA instructors course. As a member of the Saltwater SUP race team, Giannina won her first ever race in the EASI series.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor Completion Certificate


Amy joined Saltwater SUP in the summer of 2022, supporting our lessons both at Chalkwell and Hadleigh , gaining excellent experience with our senior instructors. Amy is a qualified level 3 PT and holds a degree in Exercise and Fitness management. Amy fell in love with the paddle boarding scene and has recently undertaken her BSUPA level 1 qualification.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


Lydia has been with Saltwater SUP since 2021 developing great experience and knowledge in the sport supporting our senior instructors. Lydia has grown up in the world of water sports, sailing in both national and international events having recently competed at the World Championships in Italy. Lydia is a junior sailing coach for Tera eastern squad.
BSUPA Level 1 instructor completion qualification.

Saltwater paddle boarding instructor

Amanda won our Saltwater SUP 10.6 ladies race challenge in 2020, has an excellent paddle style and is a great instructor. Amanda passed her BSUPA instructors course with flying colours.

BSUPA Qualified Level 1 Instructor


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, he is a current member of Southend's RNLI and works as a PE teacher.

BSUPA qualified advanced Level 2 Race & Tour SUP instructor



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