Whether you’re a complete novice or a paddle boarding racer, we have SUP activities and lessons from ages 9+ to adults at any level. Our taster sessions introduce you to the basic principles of stand up paddle boarding to our more advanced lessons and races, so anyone can experience the joy of being on the water. Saltwater SUP is a BSUPA approved and affiliated school and also offer certificated courses. 


Learn to Stand Up Paddle Board with us at Saltwater SUP in our SUP taster session. Age 16+.

A one hour lesson with all kit provided in a fun, relaxed environment on your local beach at Chalkwell with BSUPA Qualified and experienced instructors. 
Teaching SUP sessions to beginners and people who want to build safety knowledge and be taught how to paddle with confidence.

What we cover:

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

Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Two Tree Island - Leigh on Sea / Hadleigh Country Park


The 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.

Locations: Hadleigh Country Park

BSUPA certificated


The Improver lesson, designed to advance both your paddle board confidence and technique developing on from our taster lessons. This has been of great benefit to those who have either taught themselves or been taught in flat water environments or has taken British Stand Up Paddle Association’s (BSUPA) Ready to Ride on flat water and want tuition to develop confidence in Estuary open water conditions.

With this class we include looking at your development including paddle stroke, core, step back and reverse paddle strokes and stance. This will also suit you if have your own board, have been out on it and want to develop and make the most of your experience on your board with professional guidance.

This is a great lesson if you have already taken Ready to Ride on flat water and are looking to develop your skills on the sea, or have your own board and want to make the most of your experience on your board on your local water.

Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Two Tree Island - Leigh on Sea / Hadleigh Country Park


Individually tailored lesson to the person either as an individual or in a maximum group of two to develop confidence on the paddleboard; this is for all levels of paddlers, from total beginners to more experienced riders. These lessons are with an experienced BSUPA Qualified Instructor, and this has been excellent for people who have 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.

Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Two Tree Island – Leigh on Sea / Hadleigh Country Park


Build confidence on our Sea Paddle Improver lesson on the open sea, a great trip with an advanced BSUPA Level 2 (Race & Tour) Qualified instructor.

Where you are at

  • You have taken BSUPA’s Ready to Ride on flat water
  • You have had a SUP lesson(s)
  • You have your own board and taught yourself
  • A minimum of 2 hours SUP experience

On this paddle course we will also 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.

Essential: That you are able to self rescue (get back on the board unaided). If unsure, on how you see your ability please contact us and we can discuss all options to suit your experience.


Have great fun on this session, we can accommodate up to 20 people on a group party. This can include birthdays, family parties, special occasions or company team building days. In this session we can cater for people at all abilities from total beginners to experienced paddlers. The sessions include a land teaching demo aimed to get you onto the water as soon as possible, competitions, games and learning paddle board tricks.

You can choose either venue of Chalkwell Beach or Hadleigh Park:

  • At Chalkwell based by Saltwater Beach Café you can have drinks and food on the beach whilst you are watching the events on your group session.
  • Alternatively use Hadleigh as your preferred venue, paddling on calm, flat water in a glorious setting and really make some great memories and have lots of fun.

* If you have requests not shown please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Two Tree Island – Leigh on Sea / Hadleigh Country Park


Set at Hadleigh Country Park, we run hour long sessions over the day in beautifully calm settings with flat water, great for families and a picnic afterwards. We are able to take children from 9+ as long as children are accompanied by a parent/legal guardian (essential)  (we operate 16+ on the Estuary).

We can accommodate up to 10 people in a group session, albeit smaller parties or a larger group of friends and family. The session can be paddle board lessons or freestyle. We can work with total beginners to experienced paddlers, or leave the experienced boarder to their own devices.

Come and learn with us on our Stand Up Paddle Board Taster session with Qualified BSUPA instructors (DBS checked) and enjoy this time learning something new with your family.

Locations: Hadleigh Country Park SS7 2PP


After our successful inaugural launch of this course, this course is designed for competent paddlers who want to learn the essential skills in SUP Safety and Rescue. During this training candidates will be taught the fundamentals in Health and Safety covering in-depth assessment of hazards, how to account for conditions (tides, weather, 3rd party and water conditions), how to perform a risk assessment, incident management, how to deal with a panicked paddler, dealing with the effects of cold water shock, towing techniques and in-water rescue techniques.

It is expected that you will have undertaken First Aid training or be willing to obtain First Aid training after this course.

This course is blended learning based both on land and in water. Candidates will be expected to be comfortable in the water and have a good level of fitness. Candidates will be assessed according to the competency framework and learning objectives. Each candidate will receive feedback on what areas they are competent in & what needs further development.

Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Hadleigh Country Park


Flat water training for fitness and techniques, with BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddle Association) qualified instructors.

What these sessions are about is having fun and improving your ability, we paddle board because we enjoy it. 
You are coming along as you would like to improve your paddle boarding, be more confident with technique, turns, increase your speed potentially and gain fitness, making you more efficient. This is what these sessions are all about.  

We want to inspire you to improve and progress your skills. This is not about who is the best, it is about being happier with what you can do on your board.

SUP is a great way to get fit and enjoying the well-being that you know it provides. If you are race curious please contact us to enquire about joining our Saltwater SUP Race Team.


Locations: Chalkwell Beach / Two Tree Island - Leigh on Sea / Hadleigh Country Park

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