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Doggy Paddle!

£ 69

Richmond, UK

Doggy Paddle!
Minimum age: 10
Richmond, UK
Max. group size: 5
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 69

Activity Highlights:

Get ready to make a splash with your furry friend in our Doggy Paddle session! This is a paw-sitively exciting opportunity for you and your best friend to experience the beauty of the River Thames together. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or a beginner, this session is a wonderful way to enjoy nature and bond with your pet.

Key Details

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Group Size: Up to 5 people (and 5 dogs!)
  • Pricing: £75 for adults | £49 per child (10+)

What to Expect

  1. Safety Briefing: We’ll kick things off with a safety briefing and some land-based training near Richmond Bridge.
  2. Launch: We offer the option to launch from a ‘beach’ for a safe and comfortable start.
  3. Paddling Route: Depending on tide conditions, we will paddle either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick.
  4. Return: We’ll return to our launching place at the end of the session.

For this special session, we use big, stable boards to help you and your dog stay dry. Kids over 10 are welcome but must be accompanied on the water by a parent or legal guardian.

Location

The adventure unfolds on one of the most scenic stretches of the Thames, right from Richmond. With no fast currents or tides to worry about, it’s the ideal setting for paddleboarding with your pup.

Prerequisites

  • Comfortable falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid.
  • The ability to go from kneeling to standing comfortably.
  • No recent injuries. Please inform us in advance of any medical concerns.
  • Children above 10 years are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Why Choose Us?

We’re not just about paddleboarding; we’re about creating unforgettable experiences. Our trained and friendly instructors prioritise your safety while ensuring you have a tail-wagging good time. Whether you’re an experienced paddler or a first-timer, our Doggy Paddle session provides a unique way to enjoy the water and connect with your canine pal in a whole new way.

Book your Doggy Paddle session now and embark on a fantastic water adventure with your four-legged friend!

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What's Included:

  • Paddleboard and paddle
  • Buoyancy aid for humans
  • Lockable storage for your belongings
  • Option for wetsuit rental if requested in advance

What's Not Included:

  • Dog lifejackets (please bring your own)
  • Transport to and from the meeting point

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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.

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

All participants must be aged 10+ and any children must be accompanied by an adult.

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!

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.

For this session we use a big, stable board, to keep you and your pup as dry as possible!

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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