Paddleboarding Maidenhead & Cookham with Tara all year round
Henley- Hurley -Marlow – Cookham, Boutlers Lock – Maidenhead – Bray -Windsor & beyond
Stand Up Paddleboarding = SUP
Paddleboarding Maidenhead, come and enjoy the rivers, lakes and canals of the surrounding area. You can stand, sit, kneel and learn to paddle on these stable, inflatable paddle boards.
Its Winter season and the Thames will be out of action for most of it. So we are making the most of our weekends and exploring the canals and use the local lake to continue to enjoy a whole year of paddling. I have joined forces with Maidenhead Sailing Club & DPB Club keep us on our boards and meeting new paddlers. Please see the SUP Clubs on menu bar.
Tara says, “I know these stretches of the river really well as I am a keen paddler in both kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. I am also a yoga instructor, which makes yoga on paddle boards an obvious choice- hence SUP Yoga. I love nothing better than exploring the Thames with newbie paddlers keeping everyone safe whilst having fun”.
Benefits – highly social, fantastic fitness, core strength, enhances balance and coordination and experience nature at its very best.
You can start learning to paddle board any season; river or lake. Anyone who wants to paddle can! I can get you started by providing the equipment and tuition. See if there is a lesson online that suits your timing or call me direct to arrange something that works for you.
- Water safety briefing
- Paddling kneeling & standing up
- Turning & manoeuvres
- Portaging at locks
- Fancy foot work when river warms
- Launching safely & access points
- Self rescue techniques
- Equipment & river etiquette
You have your own board but it is safer and more fun to go out with others and explore new waterways. I can offer you some healthhy options! Depending on your confidence level you may just want to join a group going out ( much more of these in the lighter warmer months). You could join Maidenhead Sailing Club as we have a Paddlesports section and join a club session on the lake ( some are for free) or go out whenever you want ( in pairs for winter) 3rd option – you could join a bigger community of paddlers from London to Southampton and each weekend go somewhere different and we do paddle all year round. Once you join for £25 then the socials are all free. (https://dpbclub.co/become-a-member/)
DPB (Dittons Paddle Boarding ). Are a community of paddle boarders who like to find new waterways to paddle on and new friends to go paddling with. All our social paddles are free. Let’s face it you have your own board and a license to use the waterways, why pay any more. Our club membership is currently £25. This helps pay for our website and affiliated membership of British Canoeing and the safety and insurance that brings. You will be on a DPB WhatsAp group and you will messaged when and where the social paddles are ( weather and flow dependant); anywhere from Oxford, London to Southampton. (https://dpbclub.co/become-a-member/)
In 2020 we have joined forces with Maidenhead Sailing Club which is very exciting. They are opening the lake to all Paddlesports, so if you have a canoe, kayak or paddleboard you can store it there or just drive it down and pop it into the lake and paddle around. If you want to take up sailing whilst you are there, that is more strings to your bow! With showers, bar, members and a lake at your finger tips, what more can you ask for ( as well as a river a few miinutes away). There will be members evening and SUP skills sessions.
Book an appointment to visit with club and experience Maidenhead life on the lake. Picnics, bar, access to all club facilities. Super friendly and a great way to build an active social life.
There is a winter offer of £25 till April to become a member. To take advantage of this offer to email Leanne at email@example.com and quote MSC23 in the subject line.’
Both these events are starting in March 202 at Maidenhead Sailing Club, if you are not a member you pay £5 plus the training fee of £10 . SUP Polo and SUP Yoga won’t begin till the warmer months.
Improve your fitness and paddling skills with training and fun sprint races led by Scott. These sessions are great for those looking to take their paddling a bit further, keep fit on the water or get a first taste of paddleboard racing. haywoodsports.wordpress.com
Social Sundays SUP Skills & Sunset
One hour before sunset, join the coaches on the lake for some paddleboard fun, designed to get you moving on your boards. A choice of activities depending on number of paddlers and coaches such as SUP Yoga on the board, sprints and turns around the buoys or maybe you are up for some SUP Polo ( ball game on the paddleboards).
Message Tara 07505 147957
If you want to paddle there are many possibilities from joining a group or making your own event; be it a one off experience or making it a weekly paddle with friends, family or colleagues.
Have a read and see if something grabs your imagination or let me know what you are thinking and we can discuss location, prices, dates etc to make an paddling event bespoke for you.
Monday Evenings in the warmer lighter months from The Ferry will be coached by James Hazell. A Cookham resident and an experienced watersports fan on sea and on the river, has been a paddle board instructor since the age of 16 ( Bray Lake). He has competed in SUP Races and have picked up lots of techniques along the way. James would like to pass on his knowledge to those who are seeking a bit more out of paddling by practicing and refining technique, helping improve speed and agility on the board, whilst still maintaining the fun and social aspect of paddling.
TARA'S TOP TIPS & FUN IDEAS FOR PADDLEBOARDING
Learn the ways of the river and develop techniques to motor yourself along, maybe you want to buy your own board eventually or simply rock up and join us.
Tara’s tops tips for buying a SUP Paddleboard and the equipment and licences you need, with links to some tried and tested paddleboards. In your lesson you can give a few different brands a go.