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2-Hour Group SUP Experience – Richmond

2-Hour Group SUP Experience - Richmond

£ 59

Richmond, Surrey

Taster & Beginner
Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 14
Richmond, Surrey
Max. group size: 12
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 59

Activity Highlights:

Get ready to make a splash with our Richmond 2-Hour Group SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) Experience! Whether you’re a complete novice, or have some prior paddleboarding experience, our expert instructors will ensure you enjoy a fun-filled session tailored to your skill level. All are welcome—individuals, couples, families, and groups of up to 12 paddlers.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Group Size: Up to 12 people
  • Cost: £59.00 for adults; £45.00 for children (aged 14+).

What to Expect

  1. Safety Briefing & Land-Based Training: Before we hit the water, you’ll receive a comprehensive safety briefing and training session on the riverbank near Richmond Bridge.
  2. Guided Paddle & Lessons: The remaining time will be spent out on the water. You’ll be guided along one of the most picturesque sections of the Thames, while learning the art of paddleboarding.
  3. Skill Development: Our instructors will cover everything from paddle techniques to how to steer, stop, and even self-rescue. Rest assured, you’ll be standing tall and paddling smoothly in no time!

Location

Experience the natural beauty of the Thames as you paddle either upstream toward Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream toward Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick. The waterway is exceptionally calm during our ‘half-tide’ sessions, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

Prerequisites

  • Participants should be comfortable falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid.
  • We need to know about any recent injuries before the session.
  • Suitable for ages 14 and above; younger children (10+) can be accommodated through private sessions which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Optional Extras

  • Accessories like dry bags, sunglasses straps, and waterproof phone cases can be purchased to enhance your experience.
  • If group sessions aren’t your cup of tea, private lessons are available both off-peak and during weekends and Bank Holidays. You can view these, as well as our special Doggy Paddle sessions at the bottom of this page.

Why Choose Us?

At Paddle Richmond, we’re passionate about paddle sports and the majestic Thames River. Our bases at Richmond Bridge, Teddington Lock, and Kingston are on one of the safest and most captivating stretches of the Thames—think abundant wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and hidden islands awaiting exploration. Our experienced coaches are not only qualified but also committed to making your experience both safe and delightful, regardless of your skill level.

Come join us on the water and unlock a brand new adventure!

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What's Included:

  • Professional, friendly coaching
  • Paddleboard, paddle, and buoyancy aid
  • Land-based training and safety briefing
  • Lockable storage for personal belongings

What's Not Included:

  • Meals or snacks
  • Wetsuits (available upon request)
  • Transportation to and from the meeting spot

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Train/Tube: Richmond Train Station is a 10-minute walk away. There are frequent overground trains from London Waterloo and Clapham Junction, as well as Underground trains on the District Line, and Overground trains from North London. 
  • Bike: You can cycle along the towpath to Richmond Bridge and chain your bike up to the railings.
  • Bus: Richmond Bus Station is a 5-minute walk away.
  • Parking: The easiest parking is at Friars Lane Car Park, 5 minutes from Richmond Bridge.

Our SUP classes are designed for all skill levels, guaranteeing that each participant will acquire new knowledge and leave feeling a sense of achievement.

Those aged 14 and above can join if they’re supervised by a parent or guardian on the water.

For those 10 and older, private lessons are usually possible, but group sessions are not advised. You can view our private sessions at the bottom of the page.

Absolutely! All sessions are supervised by a certified instructor and are timed to occur at ‘half-tide’ for minimal river flow at Richmond, maximising safety.

You’ll get to paddle on the scenic Thames, either heading upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick.

From Richmond, you will usually start by paddling downstream towards Richmond Lock, and then upstream towards Glover’s Island, Ham House, Eel Pie Island and Teddington. On most sessions we reach Eel Pie Island before turning back to Richmond, and on High Tide sessions expect to get to Teddington Lock and back in a two-hour session.

You’ll begin with a safety overview and some land-based instruction. Then, we head to the water for a guided lesson that covers everything from paddleboarding gear, river safety, tidal understanding, to maneuvering techniques. We aim to have you standing and paddling confidently quickly!

Sorry, this experience is for people only. However, you can book our special Doggy Paddle sessions at the bottom of the page!

Come dressed in the attire you plan to paddle in, as our changing space is quite basic.

Your bags and valuables can be safely stored in our lockable storage area.

You don’t need specialised attire, but please avoid jeans and cotton, as they become uncomfortably cold when wet. Quick-drying gym clothes or swimwear work well in warm weather (shorts, leggings, T-shirts, fleeces).

Footwear is optional; most people prefer to paddle barefoot, but water shoes, flip-flops, or older trainers are fine if you prefer.

For sunny conditions, pack a hat, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

During colder months (November to March), we recommend wearing a wetsuit. These are available upon request, or you can bring your own. Also, pack extra layers, a towel, and a change of clothes in case you end up in the water.

Consider bringing a small dry bag to hold spare clothes, money, essential medications, and your phone in a waterproof case. If you don’t have a dry bag, we sell them on-site. If you’re concerned about losing sunglasses, sunglasses straps are available for purchase for £5.

Our sessions include the use of our paddleboards, paddles, and mandatory buoyancy aids.

Nearly everyone is standing up within 10 minutes of getting on the water.  We use really stable boards that make it easy for everyone to get started, and tried and tested techniques to help you feel comfortable standing on the boards.  It’s a brilliant all-body workout, and you’ll certainly feel it the day after (in a good way).  And don’t worry about your core muscles – if you paddle enough they will become super-strong!

The Thames is currently one of the cleanest rivers running through a major city in the world, and is recognised as a massive environmental success story. It currently boasts about 325 wildlife species in its tidal stretches, including; cormorants, herons, seals, and perch, some of which you’ll be sure to see on your trip. You’ll also be sharing the river with lots of people who also use the water, especially rowers, kayakers, motorboats, and the occasional open-water swimmer!

As a precaution for paddling in any inland water, open cuts should be covered with plasters and tape, and you should wash your hands with soap / antibacterial gel before eating any food. Take a shower if you fall in. 

Not very likely – but there’s a small chance. We will teach you techniques to help you feel stable on your board, and how to get down onto your knees if you need a break from standing. We will also make sure you know how to get back on your board in the unlikely event that you do take a dip.

We occasionally cancel group trips if we do not have the minimum number of participants to run the session (this is rare between Spring-Autumn). We also very occasionally cancel if we deem conditions on the day to be unsafe (e.g. very strong winds, nearby thunderstorms, fast river flow, etc.), but we are not put off by wet weather. In fact, it’s lovely on the river in the rain! If your session is cancelled by us, you will have an option to reschedule.

Extras / Options

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts