2-Hour Private SUP Experience - Richmond

£ 75

Richmond, UK

2-Hour Private SUP Experience – Richmond
Minimum age: 10
Richmond, UK
Max. group size: 24
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 75

Activity Highlights:

Welcome to your tailor-made, 2-hour Private SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) experience in beautiful Richmond-upon-Thames! This session provides you with an exclusive instructor to guide you or your group through the fundamentals and intricacies of paddleboarding. Whether you’re celebrating an occasion, looking for a unique family outing, or just wanting to up your paddleboard game, this private session has got it all covered for you!

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Group Size: Up to 24 people
  • Pricing: Adults, £75 | Children, £65

Please Note: A solo supplement applies at peak times, elevating the cost to £119 for 1:1 sessions during weekends and Bank Holidays.

What to Expect

Your journey to becoming a paddleboard pro will start with a safety briefing and on-land training near Richmond Bridge.

Once we’ve covered the basics, it’s time to hit the water! Your instructor will guide you through:

  • Paddleboarding equipment overview
  • On-water safety and navigation
  • Basic to advanced paddle techniques, such as steering, stopping, and self-rescue

We’ll take a delightful paddle either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington, or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick.

The beauty of a private lesson is that you set the pace!

Location

All adventures begin and end at the iconic Richmond Bridge, providing you with the perfect backdrop for your paddleboarding experience. Details on how to get to our meeting point can be found in the FAQ section below.

Prerequisites

  • Comfort in water while wearing a buoyancy aid is a must.
  • Ability to stand from a kneeling position is necessary.
  • Please inform us of any recent injuries prior to the session.
  • We can accommodate paddlers with disabilities but please kindly contact us beforehand to arrange the details.

Why Choose Us?

We pride ourselves on offering not just paddleboarding lessons but true experiences. With fully-qualified instructors, versatile lesson plans, and one of the most picturesque sections of the River Thames as our playground, we provide an unparalleled SUP experience. Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned paddler, you’ll learn something new and leave with a smile!

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What's Included:

  • Exclusive, fully-qualified instructor
  • Paddleboard and paddle
  • Buoyancy aids (compulsory)
  • Safe storage for your belongings
  • The option to bring your dog (by prior arrangement only, please)

What's Not Included:

  • Drinks/food at optional pub/café stops
  • Wetsuits (available upon prior request)

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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.

We can also accommodate paddlers from age 10+ on a private session, but they must be accompanied by an adult and be confident in the water. Please kindly let us know if you are bringing a child between 10-13 so that we can make arrangements.

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.

The joy of a private session, is that we can adjust it to your wishes, even adding in a pub or cafe stop on the day if you wish!

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!

Usually, yes! However, please let us know in advance if you intend to bring your dog, so that we can make the appropriate arrangement. Please note that this may not be possible in a larger group. Alternatively, 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.

Absolutely! If you would like further information on our corporate options, you can just drop the Adventuro team a message in the online chat, and they will help facilitate.

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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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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