Paddleboarding and Yoga classes
Tara teaches a combination of paddleboarding and yoga classes on the river Thames, in and around Maidenhead. Sessions typically start at Boulters Lock or Horse Guards Park by the Maidenhead Bridge. Or at The Ferry in Cookham. However, classes can go from Maidenhead, Cookham, Bray and beyond.
Tara and her growing team (all insured, experienced and trained in first aid) hold group sessions for any occasion, such as hen parties, team building exercises or just for fun.
Paddleboard Maidenhead have also recently collaborated with the Maidenhead Sailing Club on Summerleaze Road. There will be regular paddlesports sessions on Sundays for members and non members.
There are also SUP Skills and Rescue sessions, Starters and Improvers sessions, Guided River Trips – and even SUP Polo!
And keep an eye on the website for kids holiday clubs held at the Sailing Club.
Boards can be hired. Get £5 off your first paddle by entering the code F2F when you book.
For your paddleboard lesson either with Tara or one of her team, you will be provided with a paddleboard if needed, a paddle and a life vest and you will start your lesson on a quiet part of the river away from traffic (other boats). You are free to stay as close to the edge as you like!
They will tailor your session for you and get you confident on the water if you are new to it. You can usually choose where you want to paddle from. It could in Maidenhead or Cookham or Bray or Henley.
For the more experienced paddleboarder, you can be taught tricks to handle and manoeuvre the board. For the more adventurous, you can even stop for a spot of yoga (purely optional!) There is also a SUP club, for those with their own boards to sign up to.
You will be in a group of similar experienced paddlers, so no one will leave you behind!
Gift Vouchers also available – see the website for details.
How long have you been paddleboarding?
I have been a paddlesports coach and a volunteer kayak coach (at Longridge Canoe Club) since 2011. (Now part of the Paddlesports club at Maidenhead Sailing Club, Summerleaze).
What made you get into it?
It started with Kayaks, as my husband and I enjoy doing that. Then he developed sciatica. We didn’t want to stop going out on the river but he needed to stand up.
I instantly fell in love with paddleboarding. Although it is a lot slower than kayaking, it is very much like yoga. Things that were easy on the mat were harder on the board, so it was like starting out again.
I love learning. I love being a student as well as a teacher. Paddleboarding is a hobby I enjoy. I love yoga and I love water and I can combine the both on the paddleboard. They can be separate or they can be combined.