Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons

Covid-19 Update

In accordance with Government and BSUPA guidelines, we can now teach Paddle Boarding in groups of 5.


Please make sure you read the following safety guidelines before you book your lesson.

It is very important we follow these guidelines to keep yourself, us and others safe during this time. Please listen fully to the instructions your coach will give you at the start of the lesson. Anyone seen to be ignoring these rules, will be asked to leave.


  1. All our lessons are now taking place on our private Lake, the meeting point will be at the Carpenters Arms Pub Carpark. Your instructor will contact you a day before the lesson to confirm meet time. Please observe social distancing for this.
  2. Lessons will now be limited to a strict 5:1 ratio ( 5 students to 1 instructor). Larger group bookings will not be available at this time.
  3. All bookings for lessons must be made online prior to the start of your lesson.
  4. Only those booked on to a lesson will be allowed on site. Please do not bring family or friends to watch, as they will be asked to leave. This is to reduce the amount of people we can have on site at one time.
  5. Do NOT attend your lesson if you or any of your household are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.
  6. Do NOT come to site if you or any of your household are at an increased risk of severe illness from Covid-19 (aged 70+, pregnant, or under 70 with underlying health condition outlined by the NHS)
  7. When on your lesson, please remain at least 2 meters apart from other students and your instructor.
  8. You need a basic level of fitness and be able to swim to participate in this lesson. You will need to be able to get back on your Board yourself if you fall off, or be able to swim to the side unaided.
  9. Do not exchange equipment with anyone else on your lesson. This includes Paddles, Buoyancy Aids, Boards etc.
  10. All equipment will be disinfected before and after your lesson.
  11. We will have hand sanitiser on site. Please use this before the start of your lesson and before you leave.
  12. Please bring suncream and a drink with you. For safety reasons we cannot top up water bottles for you.
  13. There are no changing facilities on site, so please make sure you bring a towel or changing poncho.
  14. There is no toilet on site at the SUP lake.
  15. Sorry, during this time we cannot teach anyone under the age of 18yrs.


Welcome to Wet’n’Dry SUP the Paddleboarding School of WetnDry Boardsports. We are your local Stand-Up-Paddleboard/SUP school offering the best quality lessons, hire, rentals and tours in and around Essex. Locations include: Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Basildon and Chelmsford. Our lessons take place on our secluded private lake, the beautiful River Chelmer or the Thames Estuary. Learn all you need to know about Stand-Up-Paddleboarding in our 2-hour BSUPA (British Stand Up Paddleboard Association) Ready to Ride course or have a 1 hour taster session. WetnDry Boardsports is based near Basildon in Essex, which is under an hour from central London by train or car!


WetnDry Boardsports was established in 1995 by father and son team, Graham and Jamie Dodds who have been involved in the Boardsports industry for a over 50 years. At WetnDry we always pride ourselves on providing the highest level of customer service whether that be on your Paddleboarding lesson or choosing your first Board with us in store. Our team of Boardsports experts are always happy to offer advice on anything, no matter how small it may seem.

Any questions give us a call at WetnDry Boardsports on: 01268 569988 or email us at

The Wet’n’Dry Team

Our team of staff are always happy to help with any questions or advice you might need. Call or email us and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as we can.

Jamie Dodds
Owner & Manager

Jamie’s obsession with boardsports has spanned nearly 40 years! He has surfed and windsurfed around the world chasing wind and waves, and is as driven as much now as always!
A windsurf, kite surf and BSUPA instructor with a layback style. His knowledge and expertise in store and on the beach is the key to Wet n Dry Boardsports success!

Jamie Dodds
Owner & Manager
Hannah Abrams
Shop Assistant / Paddleboard Team

Hannah has been working in the Boardsports industry for over 10 years and has a genuine love for what she does. Her sports include Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Wakesurfing, Paddle Boarding & SUP Yoga. Hannah is the friendly, smiling face of WetnDry and her positive vibe will get you stoked to be out on the water.

Hannah Abrams
Shop Assistant / Paddleboard Team
Nathan Dodds
Shop Assistant / Paddleboard Team

Nathan has been involved in Wet'n'Dry boardsports ever since a small boy. He is the oldest son of Jamie and Grandson to Graham, so boardsports is in his blood. Nathan's main roles include customer service as well as having a big involvement insuring the website and other digital content is running smoothly.

Nathan Dodds
Shop Assistant / Paddleboard Team
Jeremy Lawrence
SUP / SUP Yoga Instructor

The experience of freedom & flow has always been why Jeremy loves boardsports. If its riding a surfboard, skateboard or a paddleboard, Seeking this feeling led him to become a yoga teacher. In the last 3 years he has combined his passions of yoga, the outdoors & boardsports by becoming a SUP Yoga teacher & a level 2 BSUPA paddleboard instructor. Jeremy has a relaxed style that encourages you to feel the fun in learning to SUP even for the complete beginner.

Jeremy Lawrence
SUP / SUP Yoga Instructor

Wet’n’Dry Boardsports

As well as a SUP school, Wet'n'Dry is a Boardsports store with over 20 years experience. We are a local, family run business with a passion for all things Boardsports. With a friendly team of staff , we are always on hand to give you the best possible advice. Stop by the shop and check out our great range of stock from Windsurfing, SUP, Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, Wetsuits, Kitesurfing and Clothing.

Contact us

Drop us a line or give us a ring. We love to hear from you and are always happy to answer any questions.


WetnDry Boardsports, Lower Barn Farm, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9ET


01268 569988