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Meet The Team

Whether you're joining us for a stand up paddleboard (SUP) lesson or simply want to hire a SUP board, our super friendly team are here to help. All of our Team members are DBS checked, fully qualified Paddleboard Instructors, First Aiders and have completed Foundational Rescue Skills Training and they love paddling. 

Tara Crist
Paddlesports Coach & Director

Favourite place to paddle: Cliveden Reach to Hedsor in all seasons. 

Interests off the water: AcroYoga especially with youngsters, all things outdoors &  just started sailing.

Fun Fact: Tara has lived in different countries and before moving to Maidenhead, she was teaching yoga on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Tara’s Top Paddling Tip: Focus on your posture, head position to reduce shoulder and neck tension.

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Niki
Paddlesports Coach
& SUP Club Leader

Favourite place to paddle: Hedsor Water for relaxation and St Patrick’s Stream when something more challenging.

Interests off the water: Interior design, travel, business studies and plenty of local dog walking.

Fun Fact: Niki is also a qualified swimming instructor so if you do fall in, she can help you with your swimming technique too!

Niki’s Top Paddling Tip: Engage your core, slide your feet past your paddle, and glide.

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Ciara 
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite weather to paddle: Paddling when it's raining as it seems to flatten the water. 

Interests off the water: Running with her dog, any outdoor fun and fitness with her little boy. She lives on a boat, favourite time being summer evening BBQs with friends &  family. 

Fun Fact: Ciara completed the Devises to Westminster 125 mile non-stop canoe race after just six months of training to raise an incredible £24,000 for road safety charities after her husband was killed by a dangerous driver.

Top Paddling Tip: Bring food and make the day of it!

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Arjan
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: The views of Cliveden as well as the extra challenge of the wake from the boats on a busy day.

Interests off the water: Arjan enjoy playing rugby and hockey as well as hopefully learning to skydive.

Fun Fact: Arjan is also a qualified lifeguard and is currently studying at the University of Leeds.

Arjun’s Top Paddling Tip: Keep your knees slightly bent and your eyes forward and you’ll be a pro in no time!

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Tash
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: Tash will paddle anywhere. If there is water, she’ll be there.

Interests off the water: Tash is another sporty member of the team.  Football is her first love, and enjoys cross-country running, the  piano and clarinet.

Fun Fact: Tash’s football skills include the ability to complete over 1000 ‘Keepie-uppies’

Tash’s Top Paddling Tip: Moving around the board and using your bodyweight to paddle straighter and turn easier is really worth learning.

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Phil  
Volunteer River Guide

Favourite place to paddle:  All of the Thames of the non tidal Thames.

Interests off the water: Still on the water, travelling anywhere new and different to explore  new sections of the Thames in his selection of kayaks and paddleboards. 

Fun Fact: Over a thousands scuba dives worldwide, and he used to be a Diving instructor.

Phil’s Top Paddling Tip: Don’t let the weather put you off going out for a paddle, they are often the most memorable.

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Georgia
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: between Marlow and Bourne End when all the swimmers, kayakers & paddleboarders are out at the same time.

Interests off the water: When she’s not training in her marathon kayak, Georgia also loves to bake. Her favourite ingredient is chocolate!

Fun Fact: Georgia has been racing kayaks on the Thames since she was 9, her kayak is less than half the width of our paddleboards!

Georgia’s Top Paddling Tip: Keeping your balance is all about keeping your eyes focused on where you want to go.

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Anna
Fitness Instructor

Favourite place to paddle:  anywhere as long as it is a warm day.

Interests off the water:  Fitness, Calisthenics,  cooking, walking, dancing, studying nutrition.

Fun Fact: Lived in Aruba, hence why she is a fair weather paddler! 

Anna is a personal trainer and so will be running  fitness sessions on the boards this summer!

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Belle 
Paddlesports Instructor 

Favourite place to paddle: Boulter’s Lock – Hedsor stretch first thing in the morning before anyone else is out on the water.

Interests off the water: Belle is also a Nail Technician and enjoys trying out new nail techniques & trends.

Fun Fact: Belle lived in Germany for 8 years where she worked as a Musical Theatre performer.

Belle’s Top Paddling Tip: Always include some yoga stretches as it  relaxes you on the water and helps immensely with aches and pains.

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Taz
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: The Thames around Cookham & exploring other waters in the UK.

Interests off the water: Complementary therapies, climbing and zentangle.

Fun Fact: Taz is  also a qualified formation skydiving coach, first responder, sailor , hypnotherapist to name but a few of her talents! 

Taz’s Top Paddling Tip: Encouraging beginners to soften their knees. It’s much harder to paddle with totally straight legs.

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Abi
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: Just point me to the river and I’m off, anywhere and everything!

Interests off the water:  I am immersed in my  biomedical science degree and loving it.

Fun Fact:  Kayaking has taken me all over the world,  paddled in 7 different countries for Team GB.

Abi's Top Paddling Tip:have fun!! Paddling is all about enjoying yourself

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Nathan
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: Mostly you will find him somewhere between Bray and Cliveden!

Interests off the water: Nathan is super sporty and loves playing football and squash.

Fun Fact: Nathan is bilingual in French and English. He’s possibly our most patient, chilled out instructor and never gives up.

Nathan’s Top Paddling Tip: Try to always look ahead when you paddle, never down at the board. Always a good idea to look where you’re going!

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Dil
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: Guards Club Park in Maidenhead as he loves to practise skills without having worrying about river traffic.

Interests off the water: Dil has an incredible singing  voice and part of a choir. 

Fun Fact: Dil is a talented swimmer – possibly also why he doesn’t mind falling in too much!

Dil’s Top Paddling Tip: Reach as far forward as you can with each paddle stroke and take the paddle out when it reaches your feet. 

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Becky 
Volunteer Paddlesports Instructor 

Favourite place to paddle: Jubilee River as there are not motorized boats and so many wild birds.  

Interests of the water: Becky loves dancing, singing, origami, archery, piano.
Fun fact: She has paddled many different types of river craft including wooden rafts. 
Becky's Top tip: When paddling forward, tilt the blade at a small angle towards the board to paddle straighter. 

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Jasmine
Paddlesports Instructor

Favourite place to paddle: I am really enjoying 'working' paddling in Hurley, I love all the islands.

Interests off the water:  I don't like sport  but I love anything outdoors and in nature, paddling suits me! 

Fun Fact: I am a Girl Guider and a Brownie leader and I met Tara on a Litter Pick this winter. 

Jasmines's Top Paddling Tip: Keep your shoulders down and as relaxed as possible and breathe! 

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