Join us for a SUP session and get active this summer! Thames Sailing Club is a perfect place to learn and enjoy the beauty of the river.
Keep Sailing has partnered with the Thames Sailing Club (TSC) Paddle Board School. The TSC Paddleboard school is one of the original SUP Clubs, providing thousands of people their first taste of supping.
Anyone under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult, please choose an Adult and Child ticket.
Please note: A minimum height of 1.3m is required.
During the SUP Taster Session, we will cover:
We give you the opportunity to try SUP boarding in a safe environment where you will also be able to try various boards and paddles to get an understanding of how they could affect your paddling.
"SUP Introductory Sessions" are subject river and weather conditions
Buoyancy aids and safety leashes will be provided but you will be expected to bring along any personal equipment that you require. As this is not a falling in sport, we advise T-shirts, board shorts, and wetsuit booties if required (most SUPers paddle in bare feet) oh, and towel (just in case!)
All sessions will be run in line with social distancing measures, please follow your instructor's guidance when you arrive. If you have any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone with symptoms please DO NOT come to your session. Please contact us via phone or email.
COVID-19 Cancellation Policy
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Keep Sailing / Thames Sailing Club reserves the right to cancel or postpone all activity if government guidelines on sports clubs change. You will receive a full refund if we have to cancel your session. See our cancellation policy for more details.
Cancellations due to adverse weather:
The wind is our biggest enemy. If the forecast is more than 12 mph and depending on the direction, we may postpone the lesson for safety reasons, so keep an eye on the weather forecast.
We rarely postpone a lesson due to rain. See our Cancellation refund policy.
What should you bring for a taster session?
Paddleboarding is not a falling-in sport. Most of our students do not fall in - and any dunkings that have occurred (are almost always due to over-exuberance (and thus entirely avoidable if you want to stay dry)
So you're not actually going to get wet, you really don't need any special kit for paddleboarding (unless you're going out in the waves, which is not on the agenda for any of our taster sessions). However, if you want to play safe there would be no harm in having a change of clothing and a towel in your car for your first few sessions, just in case.
Your feet are the only part of your body that should come into contact with the water, but boards have good grip so bare feet or some old trainers will be fine. If you have surf boots you want to use then by all means bring them, but they certainly are not necessary. Shorts are the best bet, but you could always just roll your trouser-legs up if there's no other option, oh, and towel (just in case ;-)
Sunglasses are advisable, and on hot days it's worth having some sunscreen on, as you always burn faster on the water.
Other than that, just bring yourself and your enthusiasm. You're going to have fun out there
All courses booked at location: ‘Thames Sailing Club’ (TSC) with Keep Sailing Limited (KS) are delivered by Thames Sailing Clubs SUP Instructors. Keep Sailing Limited is acting as booking agents for Thames Sailing Club.