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Blue Chip Academy of Padleboard Instructors

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Blue Chip SUP Academy:-
The original Paddleboard School started in 2008 by Brian Johncey soon built up a reputation of excellence and fun training, being the first ASI qualified school in Europe. The school established a great relationship with The Thames Sailing Club in Surbiton in 2010.

You’re in safe hands:-
The TSCPS team of instructors have been bringing Paddleboarding to the local community since 2008

TSCPS instructors have all qualfide through the Blue Chip SUP Academy and are certified “Paddle-Safe, Safeguarding and Best Practices” along with first aid qualifications..

Matthew Webb:
Matthew first started paddle boarding in 2011 with a lesson from Blue Chip, since then he has paddled in Spain, Greece, Switzerland and the UK. Although more focussed on touring and the Wednesday evening Blue Chip outings, Matthew has competed in several races including the UK Club Championships in 2014.
Matthew became an ASI instructor in 2014 and thoroughly enjoys the Saturday morning teaching sessions watching others get the same enjoyment of this marvellous sport he has had for the last four years.
In 2017, Matthew qualified with the Blue Chip Academy of SUP Instructors so is very experienced and highly qualified.


Sarah Thornely:
Sarah has been paddling since 2021 having been inspired by another Blue Chip instructor. She completed her Water Rescue Course and ASI Instructor Course in 2014 and since then has thrown herself into teaching with Blue Chip regularly on a Saturday morning. Sarah also qualified as a British Canoeing SUP Instructor in 2017. She raced for five years culminating in jointly winning the overall season trophy in the 14' class in the National Championships 2017. She has raced flatwater, technical, sprints, competed in the famous SUP Nautic Race in Paris and entered many supbikerun events in the UK. She has taken her Red Paddle 12'6" inflatable all over the world and competes on a 14' Starboard Allstar and Naish Maliko. She has recently taken up Outrigger Canoe, SUP surfing and runs Supjunkie with her husband, which reports on races all over the world and the UK, including UKN1SCO and GBSUP National series. Sarah also qualified with the Blue Chip Academy of SUP Instructors

Terry Paton 
Terry first paddled with Blue Chip in 2010 and has since paddled and competed in St John’s Rush in Jacksonville Florida. Terry has also paddled in California, Zanzibar, Spain, France, Holland and Greece to name just a few locations. I absolutely love a challenge and am very conscious about the environment we paddle in so it’s a real privilege to guide other into this new experience. Terry completed an ASI water rescue course in 2013 after finding a little more time on his hands qualified as a British Canoeing SUP Instructor in 2017 and is now qualified with the Blue Chip Academy of SUP Instructors. Terry supports and teaches at our Saturday morning Paddleboarding School. Terry has been first aid qualified for most of his life so you can be sure you are in safe hands

Jim Dobbe 
Jim first paddled with Blue Chip in 2017 and since then has become a regular paddler taking part in the club adventure paddles including the Club white-water trips and the iconic Corinth Canal SUP Crossing in Greece.

Jim became a British Canoeing Paddleboard instructor in September 2018 and qualified with the Blue Chip Academy of SUP Instructors in 2018 and has become a regular on the TSCPS Saturday morning lessons at TSC


Paul Ellis:
Paul first got on a paddle board in South Africa in 2010, since then he has paddled in Spain, Italy, the Maldives, Japan, Israel, South Africa, the UK and the Netherlands where he has twice completed the famous 11 Cities Race. Paul has been an ASI instructor since 2012 and regularly maintains his qualifications including Water Rescue. He is very attached to his Starboard Big Easy for teaching from. Paul teaches for the TSC Paddleboard School and/or supports on the Saturday morning taster sessions, as well as offering 1-2-1 lessons for those paddlers seeking to develop their technique and advance in the sport.

Ellie Johncey:
Ellie has been a Watersports enthusiast from the age of 5 when she started windsurfing with her dad. Ellie has been Paddleboarding since 2007 and became a British Canoeing SUP instructor in 2018, she often helps out and instructs at the TSCPS Saturday morning lessons and is a regular in the Real Blue Chip Super Club scene.

Ellie enjoys our SUP cruising adventures including the Mega Board and tandem paddling as well as SUP Surfing and has paddled in Amsterdam, France, Portugal, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Malta, USA and Italy. Ellie has also trained in Judo from the age of 5 and is a 1st Dan Black Belt.