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.
Favourite place to paddle: Hedsor Water for relaxation and St Patrick’s Stream when something more challenging.
Interests off the water: Open University studies, Interior Design and plenty of local dog walks.
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: Let your hips follow your paddle to keep you heading straight.
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 BBQ's 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!
Ciara on the left and Laura on the right of the photo.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Favourite place to paddle: The Thames around Cookham & exploring other waters in the UK.
Interests off the water: Taz enjoys climbing, complementary therapies, zentangle and crochet.
Fun Fact: Taz is also a qualified formation skydiving coach and first responder for music festivals.
Taz’s Top Paddling Tip: Encouraging beginners to soften their knees. It’s much harder to paddle with totally straight legs.
Favourite place to paddle: from her Father’s house boat on Spade Oak Reach to ‘their’ secret beach. It’s her happy place with a million memories.
Interests off the water: Buggy running, cycling with her trailer, walking or just running around playing games with her two small kiddies.
Fun Fact: Laura used to be a ski and snowboard instructor and once taught an 84 year old to snowboard!
Laura’s Top Paddling Tip: If you’re worried about falling in, then fall in. You’ll quickly realise that there’s nothing to worry about and it’s actually quite a fun part of paddling!
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!
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.
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.
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!