Paddleboarding with Tara
Maidenhead -upon-Thames & beyond

Welcome to my Paddleboarding website, if you are looking for my (land) yoga classes then please pop over to my other website

Boutlers Lock in Maidenhead is my  paddleboarding base and we also enjoy many other stretches of the river locally and venture further afield. 

I offer a full range of paddleboarding events for beginners and for those who to improve their river and paddling skills. Lessons 1:1 and in groups, social events for singles and families, corporate and parties and of course SUP Yoga which is a lot easier than you think!

Beginning  your classes in Maidenhead makes for one of the most beautiful place to learn to paddle the Thames;  on our explorations you will discover areas of outstanding beauty! A ecological way to travel and keep fit!  Let me customise an Paddleboarding event for you.

Paddle Boarding  with Tara 

Firstly Paddle boards are often known as SUP’s ( Stand Up Paddleboards) but some people just want to enjoy the river and knee or sit down and it is quicker too. It is a chance to enjoy some fresh air, fabulous scenery whilst learning to paddle standing up or sitting ( more like canoeing) on a fairly stable floaty board that is between 14 and 11 feet long. You may just want a one off experience  and a bit of fun trying a new water sport or it maybe something you are interested in taking up as a sport or hobby.  It is also really  fun to invite your friends and family to paddle down some beautiful stretches of the Thames, it makes for a super social. I will teach you to paddle the board more efficiently through steady foot work so it is your ‘trunk’ that works as supposed to over loading your arms and shoulders which will fatigue quicker than your tummy!   I have many lovely excursions I take my groups on and by starting  with a 90 minute trip you can really begin to appreciate the river and discover place and views you cannot see by foot.   As you improve you will speed up and can go further in those 90 minutes but it is not about the pace, it’s time to pootle and paddle and enjoy yourself and all the nature around and below you. It is a slow and thoughtful way to explore the riverways and witness birds in action and trees through the seasons. Later you may feel you want to join us on a Sunday Social paddle where you simply hire a board from me (or bring your own) and we try out different rivers or canals, we keep paddling all seasons but we know for the majority of people are attracted  during the warmer months. Keeping safe and teaching you the ways of the river are important to me as well as enjoying the time on the water.

WHO Tara Sutthoff Crist  has been  paddling these stretches of the river for years and is an active  member and volunteer coach for juniors and beginners for   Longridge Canoe Club downstream from Marlow.  Tara says “I have been responsible for introducing many people to this section of the Thames for years and has not lost a person yet! It is really rewarding to take people for the first time on the river and see our local area from another perspective, most people love it.”

WHICH  If you are thinking of buying a SUP board then book in a group or single lesson and ask  all the questions and we can point out the really important river knowledge to keep happy and safe on the Thames. You don’t want to spend too little or too much money buying your first SUP. I don’t sell them but I can point you in directions depending what you want. Before you go solo you want to know about licences, flow, currents, and hazards. Visit my Safe Sup page. 

WHERE I have a variety of favourite sites to park up and launch off from Henley,  Cookham, Maidenhead,  Bray and Windsor. Weather and river flow with be taken into consideration on the day. Up to 6 SUP’s for hire along with the paddles and leashes, everything you need to get started. For special pre-planned SUP socials I have access to more boards. 

WHEN You can have a look on the online booking system to see what the availability of lessons are or text/ email for another slot that suits you better or if you prefer a 1:1 or if you have a date in mind to invite your friends/family/ colleagues for a Paddle Party. All classes are suitable for beginners, but if you are experienced or super fit then I would hope to group you with persons of similar fitness/experience.

WHY book for a paddle? It could be great fun and just the thing to make your summer more special that usual. 

YOGA SUP  great way to develop your paddle boarding confidence, balance  and the most comfortable yoga mat in the world!

Any other questions or feedback please email me on or text 07505 147957

Try it out , it could be fun! 

Wind in the Willows
Love of the river
I rekindled my love and appreciation for ‘Wind in the Willows’ when I started paddling with my local canoe club and without knowing where his inspiration came from, I just knew it was describing what I saw and felt. I am a bit of a water rat myself and when I discovered Kenneth Grahame spent much of his childhood at Cookham Dean, near Maidenhead, and his latter years upstream at Pangbourne, I read my favourite extracts from his book at the turning of each new season. So for my sake and for those interested each page of my website has an extract from the book which really relates either to the seasons, Ratty’s passion for the the river and Mole’s journey of discovery. Enjoy