Learn to SUP on our 2-hour BSUPA course
SUPsect
SUP South Essex Club & Tuition

Welcome to SUPsect – Stand-Up Paddle South Essex Club & Tuition. Stand-up paddle boarding school, tuition, coaching, club and tours in South Essex on the Thames Estuary, based in and around Leigh-on-Sea… We also run SUP lessons at Paper Mill Lock on the River Chelmer near Chelmsford. Learn all you need to know about stand-up paddle boarding in our 2-hour Learn to SUP lesson, then come and join our regular free SUP Club sessions (see our location guide).

SUP lessons

Learn how to SUP properly on the fully certificated 2-hour BSUPA Ready to Ride courses at our SUP school...

SUP Club

Come and join our free SUP Club every Wednesday throughout summer – suitable for all Ready to Ride graduates and free with your own kit!

SUP Tours

Guided SUP sessions on the Thames Estuary, River Chelmer, River Crouch and more – suitable for our Ready to Ride graduates...

SUP Racing

Join us at Race Club and train for national events including the annual National SUP Club Championships and more...

Countdown to SUP Club!
Every Wednesday evening in BST

Come join us at SUP Club – it’s free, every Wednesday evening throughout British Summer Time!

Gift vouchers now available... Learn to SUP 2-hour BSUPA lesson: £50
Testimonials

"Best £50 I've spent for ages. The instructors are friendly and very knowledgeable. They make time for everyone and cater for all levels. I felt very welcomed and a great vibe was created for all. If you are thinking of it then stop thinking and book and have a go. You won't regret it!"

Tim Huggins - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"What a fabulous lesson! Duncan and El have great patience and teaching style. Thanks guys."

Natalie Bambridge - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Dunc and El are very knowledgeable and fun instructors. We had a great time learning with them."

Ines Berreta - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Really good lesson. Great instructors. Would highly recommend..."

Tom Patten - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Had a great laugh today at Paper Mill. Thank-you El and Duncan for your tuition..."

Gary Finan - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Duncan and Elisa were great instructors really friendly patient and informative. Absolutely loved the Ready to Ride course great way to learn the sport and a great way to spend a sunny Sunday morning."

Gary Dukelow - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Absolutely fantastic both Duncan and El were brilliant, such good instructors very patient and really fun! Just a brilliant way to spend a Sunday morning!!"

Daniel Dukelow - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Brilliant course, excellent training. Couldn't stay up before I went on the lesson, but managed to get up pretty much straight away after learning how! Best birthday gift ever..."

Tanya Sewell - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Dunc and El were SUPer professional. Loved every minute of it, thanks guys!"

Steve McIver - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Had an awesome lesson today. El and Dunc are fantastic teachers.vLearned so much in the lesson and managed to stay dry!! Woo! Everyone was included and it was a great fun time..."

Vikki Stone - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Excellent afternoon out on the river with Duncan and El, they're great instructors and teach in a relaxed fun way. If you're thinking about taking up stand up paddle boarding this is the way to start."

Tony Sivell - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"If you want to learn to SUP properly I highly recommend booking one of these sessions. Duncan and El are amazing, patient teachers and had us all standing in no time. A really fun learning experience."

Spooky Von Strange - Ready to Ride, August 2017

"Awesome afternoon! Huge thank you to Duncan and El, both friendly and professional and brilliant teachers. No one gets left behind and they cater for all abilities..."

Samantha Lucy Davis - Ready to Ride, July 2017

"Had a fabulous fun morning on SUP in the sunshine on Papermill Lock ... Duncan and El are fantastic instructors, patient, good sence of humour and very knowledgeable. Would 100% recommend..."

Sway Tullulah - Ready to Ride, July 2017

"Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! Duncan & El are great teachers and lots of fun. Thank you for introducing us to SUP, would definitely recommend you guys."

Sue Glennie - Ready to Ride, July 2017

"Brilliant day. We loved it, the teachers were friendly, engaging and made sure everyone knew what they were doing!"

Chris Sexton - Ready to Ride, July 2017

"What a fantastic morning at Paper Mill Lock, Little Baddow! Thanks so much for your kindness and patience, and as a complete beginner the pace of teaching was perfect..."

Nigel Cornwell - Ready to Ride, July 2017

"Great first lesson at the weekend with fab instructors! Will definitely be back for more!"

Ana Davies - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Excellent instruction from Duncan and El. My nerves left me soon after we started as they were so relaxed and had a 'can do' attitude. Loved it all..."

Sylvia Gentleman - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Just finished my first lesson and I think I'm hooked. Great teachers, well paced lesson and a great way for a beginner to get into board sports. Get involved!!!"

Christian Kay - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Absolutely brilliant afternoon with two very special instructors. El and Duncan were excellent teachers and really really lovely people. We had so much fun learning how to turn the board in different ways and the location was spectacular."

Jemima Felton - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"What a fabulous way to spend an afternoon and El and Duncan are the NICEST people! So friendly and patient and effortlessly cater for those on the course depending on their ability. Beautiful scenery and we had the best time. Can't wait to do this again – thanks guys."

Victoria Cooke - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Had a great afternoon on the beginners course, everyone was so lovely & friendly, great instructors and I loved it even falling in! Thank you."

Sarah Willis - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Had an excellent time this afternoon paddleboarding. Everyone was super friendly and brilliant teachers. Thank you so much x"

Louise Evans - Ready to Ride, June 2017

"Both El and Duncan were brilliant teachers and very friendly ... would recommend it to anyone of any age – thanks for a brilliant day out."

Farren Barnes - Ready to Ride, May 2017

"Duncan and El are brilliant teachers with a really lovely group of people to learn with. Don't hesitate to book with these guys – first class."

Allie Knights - Ready to Ride, April 2017

"I booked a sup lesson for my husband and he loved it! Really nice people teach the skills needed and support and further advice if needed."

Natalie Braun - Ready to Ride, September 2016

"Great club and instructors. Really enjoying it."

Steven Cutts - Ready to Ride, September 2016

"Had my lesson today and absolutely loved it. Was really nervous but the great instructors helped me all the way. Would recommend to everyone to have a go."

Sarah Osborn - Ready to Ride, September 2016

"I must say that El & Duncan are great at what they do, making everyone feel relaxed and able to feel part of the team... Anyone thinking of trying out this great new sport should give it a go and contact Duncan & El to get the most from it as possible."

Robert Hooles - Ready to Ride, August 2016

"I would actually give a 7⭐️ as Dunc and El were absolutely professional, super patient and friendly! I am so pleased that I went on this course with them and would highly recommend it!"

Mandy Gilbert - Ready to Ride, August 2016

"Despite being nervous and not as young as we were, my friend Anne and I had a great time on the Chelmer today and learned a lot. The instructors were great ... patient and fun but very professional. Recommend it!"

Olwyn Belsham - Ready to Ride, August 2016

"Their instruction is exemplary and the attention to detail was amazing ... I would highly recommend anyone wanting to learn to contact them. Pleasure..."

Del Christie - Ready to Ride, August 2016

"Great advice, tuition and equipment from the team and not forgetting SUP is fun too!"

Gary Turner - Ready to Ride, July 2016

"What an excellent way to spend an afternoon! Dunc and El the instructors were amazing, super friendly and supportive, and knew how to get this bull in a china shop (me) under control lol!"

Clare Nash - Ready to Ride, July 2016

"Just had a session with Duncan and Elisa. Brilliant instruction and lots of laughter."

Louise Kingsley - Ready to Ride, July 2016

"Duncan & Elisa are excellent instructors, so patient and helpful ... and the whole experience was just stress free and amazing fun!"

Ali Bradford - Ready to Ride, July 2016

"Had a very enjoyable afternoon Saturday learning to SUP. Very well run course, Duncan and Elisa are brilliant instructors. Looking forward to attending SUP Club."

Chris Harrison - Ready to Ride, July 2016

"Really good lesson set in beautiful surroundings with helpful and knowledgeable instructors, highly recommended."

John Holman - Ready to Ride, May 2016

"Excellent instructors and the weather was perfect. After I got over my initial fear I loved it!"

Julie Prendergast - Ready to Ride, May 2016

"Had such a great time very friendly and helpful – highly recommended."

Kieran Murphy - Ready to Ride, September 2015

"Really good fun out on the river this afternoon. Andy and I enjoyed it very much and appreciated the high quality tuition and equipment."

Sian Thomas - Ready to Ride, September 2015

"Absolutely loved it, had a fantastic time, great lesson, great fun with great instructors; thank-you x"

MaryAnne Redmond - Ready to Ride, September 2015

"Had the most amazing time - loved every minute of it and can now all SUP like pros. Thanks so much."

Donna Gibbs - Ready to Ride, September 2015

"Brilliant first paddleboard lesson lead by experienced, helpful instructors... Thanks Dunc and El!"

Dawn Pearcy - Ready to Ride, September 2015

"Thank you guys for a great afternoon at Paper Mill Lock. Myself and my boyfriend Adam had a blast! This is defiantly a sport we are going to take up..."

Rachael Lila - Ready to Ride, August 2015

"Really enjoyed my SUP lesson on Sunday morning. The trainers were excellent and the location is perfect for any 1st timers. Cannot wait to do it again."

Andy Matthews - Ready to Ride, August 2015

"Really had a great time, excellent for fitness and Duncan and Elisa were lovely people I'm gonna join the club!"

Philip J Hawkins - Ready to Ride, August 2015

"Great team and such lovely people. Can't wait to join the club..."

Sophia O'Brien - Ready to Ride, July 2015

"My group of five attended the beginners course last weekend and all loved it. Elisa and Duncan are so good at what they do, and really nice people..."

Ian Stanley - Ready to Ride, July 2015

"Great teachers, very patient. Had a really fun lesson. Would love to try it again."

Jemma Fry - Ready to Ride, July 2015

"Great team of instructors with Duncan and Elisa! Had a fantastic lesson on Sunday and have no just returned from buying by first board..."

Laura Marshall - Ready to Ride, August 2014

"Duncan and Elisa are excellent instructors. Fun, informative and makes it feel like it is a 1:1 instruction session. If you are looking to learn or looking to improve your paddle skills then look no further!"

Rich Jones - Ready to Ride, August 2014

"Great 1st SUP lesson today. Duncan & El are excellent instructors and have lots of patience delivering a brilliant class..."

Barry Frost - Ready to Ride, August 2014

Brilliant afternoon session. Great teaching, very patient when trying to work my left and rights out...

Kerry Northfold-Gough - Ready to Ride, August 2014
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Calendar
Forthcoming SUP Clubs, Races and Events
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April 2019

SUP Club 2019 – #4

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April 2019
Thames Sailing Club

Battle of the Thames 2019

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April 2019
Paper Mill Lock

Learn to SUP – 28.4.19

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May 2019

SUP Club 2019 – #5

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May 2019
Cardiff International White Water Centre

Cardiff IWWF 2019

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May 2019

SUP Club 2019 – #6

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May 2019
Paper Mill Lock

Learn to SUP – 11.5.19

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May 2019
Paper Mill Lock

Learn to SUP – 12.5.19

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May 2019
Martham Boats

Norfolk Broads Ultra 2019

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June 2019
Holme Pierrepont

BC Paddle in the Park

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Spots
Some of our favourite South Essex SUP spots...

Click the links above for more info, or check out our SUP Spots page…