We were set up on 7th April 2017 on Ditton Beach, Thames Ditton, Surrey, by a bunch of adventure seeking newbies to paddle boarding, with a couple of secondhand boards. They were very unstable and bendy.
We are now a fully formed affiliated club under British Canoeing. We have four Paddle Bases locally and groups going out weekly exploring the waterways locally. In the summer months, we go on Safari. Finding new bits of water we haven’t explored before.
We offer Paddle Boarding lessons from our Training Bases in Surrey, in small groups with high coach to Student ratio. Generally, four students to a Coach and a Wrangler who helps with relaying the coaching and makes sure everyone is safe. Safety and Fun are the watch words for our sessions. We and you to go away from out sessions having learnt to control a paddle board, stand-up and learn the rules of the river and how to keep yourself safe.
All our coaches are International Surfing Association (ISA) trained. The ISA is the Governing body for all Elite Olympic Paddleboarding Events. The Rescue and First Aid training for our coaches is provided by the Surf Live Saving GB Club. The same Club that helps look after our beaches here and in Australia. The Coaches, coach is Andy Joyce a former National Champion. He trains us all to a high stand and keeps us there.
If you want to take the plunge (hopefully not literally) and join the club, you will have to own your own board and a British Canoeing Membership or equivalent EA boat license (we need to pay for and protect our playground). If you have, just fill in the questionnaire and pay the small membership fee
Finally, if you would like to support our club, but not become a member, a donation to help our activities grow the sport and keep the costs down for users is always welcome. Please use the link below.