Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has recently gained huge popularity in the United Kingdom as a water-based recreational activity. Participants stand on a large, stable board and use a single paddle to propel themselves across the water. It’s a versatile sport that can be enjoyed on various bodies of water, including rivers, lakes, and coastal areas.

SUP offers a combination of physical exercise, relaxation, and opportunities to explore natural surroundings. It is an accessible and relatively quick to learn, making it suitable for people of different ages and fitness levels.

Thamesbank has teamed up with a local SUP club to offer their members loans for equipment such as new paddleboards, paddles, safety kit and dry suits. The club, called PaddleUp, is based in Shepperton but offers lessons and social sessions all over West London and as far afield as Bosham. The club is run by India and Joshua who have a wealth of experience and a passion for SUP.

One of the mottos of the club is ‘safety first’ and all members are required to practice a few safety drills from time to time in a fun and relaxed environment. The club is known for being one of the friendliest clubs ‘on the river’ and everyone is accepted no matter what their ability.

Learn more about PaddleUp Sup Club.

Photo credit: PaddleUp SUP Club