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Richmond Advanced Paddleboard Class

£ 75

Richmond, UK

Richmond Advanced Paddleboard Class
Minimum age: 18
Richmond, UK
Max. group size: 12
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
Duration: 2 hours
£ 75

Activity Highlights:

Here, your paddleboarding journey transitions from basic cruising to mastering intricate techniques! Whether you’re an intermediate paddler or preparing for a SUP event like the Trent 100, this 2-3 hour session is designed to upskill you in paddle technique, river navigation, and safety.

 

Key Details

  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Group Size: Up to 12 people
  • Pricing: £69.00 per adult

Course Breakdown

Our expert session begins with a crucial safety briefing, ensuring you are aware of the river conditions and how to handle them.

Then, you’ll learn:

  1. River safety & navigation
  2. Paddle techniques such as sculling, draw strokes, reverse kahis, and step-back turns
  3. How to paddle in tidal waters

Our senior instructors lead the class, sharing tips to refine your paddle strokes and techniques to make you a more accomplished paddler by the end of the session.

Location

Experience the beauty of the Thames by paddling through scenic areas like Eel Pie Island, Teddington, Isleworth, Kew Gardens, and Chiswick. Depending on the tide, we will decide which direction to take.

Prerequisites

  • This is not suitable for beginners. You must be a confident paddler to take part in this course.
  • Comfortable with falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid
  • Please inform us of any recent injuries

Why Choose Us?

We’re about providing a fun, safe, and educational experience. We offer a variety of paddleboard and kayak experiences, and our fully qualified coaches are dedicated to helping you, regardless of your skill level. Our courses take place on one of the most idyllic stretches of the River Thames, featuring stunning views, secret islands, and abundant wildlife.

Book your Advanced Paddleboard Class today and take the next big leap in your paddleboarding adventure!

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What's Included:

  • Buoyancy aids (compulsory)
  • Lockable storage space for valuables
  • Option to use our paddleboard and paddle or bring your own

What's Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Sunglasses straps, dry bags, and phone cases (available for purchase)

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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.

This is suitable for experienced adult paddleboarders looking to upskill to advanced techniques.

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.

This advanced session covers river safety & navigation, paddle techniques such as sculling, draw strokes, reverse kahis, and step-back turn, and how to paddle in tidal waters.

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. However, you may wish to use your own paddleboard and paddle for this session if you have it.

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.

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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  • 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.

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  • 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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