WATERSPORTS enthusiasts enjoyed keeping fit while messing about on the river.

Fans of Stand Up Paddleboarding (known as 'SUP') were invited to join classes following a successful launch weekend on the Thames at The Rose Revived pub at Newbridge, near Bampton.

Lessons began on Saturday morning with a SUPYoga class led by Alina of Yogalina Wellness Centre in Witney. Then, throughout the weekend, new paddlers enjoyed one-hour taster or refresher lessons, a women's hour, seniors session and a longer two-hour certified course. 

Moi's SUP School is run by Moi Blackledge, who brings over eight years' paddle boarding experience, having recently been a senior instructor at Farmoor Reservoir.

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In addition to lessons, the school offers tour adventures around the hidden waterways and canals of Oxfordshire.

Ms Blackledge said: “We’ve had an absolutely fantastic opening weekend, helped of course by the perfect conditions. I’m delighted at the response and enthusiasm from those wishing to learn a new skill, get outside and experience the therapeutic and physical benefits paddle boarding brings.

“Over the last couple of years I’ve personally noticed how beneficial paddleboarding has been to wellbeing and mental health and it’s no surprise that SUP has become the world’s fastest growing sport."

Ten per cent of all lesson sales are being donated to two local charities – Oxfordshire Mind and ADAPT Oxford –  with Ms Blackledge taking service users out on the water for a spot of mindful water therapy once a month.

Moi’s SUP School will be operating from The Rose Revived every weekend and Bank Holiday until October.

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