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Thames Natural History Paddleboarding (SUP) Tour

Thames Natural History Paddleboarding (SUP) Tour

£ 65

Kew, London

Beginner & Intermediate
Guides & Tours
Kew, London
Cancellation: Flexible
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 65

Activity Highlights:

Embark on an exciting journey of ecological discovery with our Thames Natural History Tour. Delve into the captivating world of London’s largest blue space, the majestic River Thames, right from the top of a paddleboard.

The River Thames, once devoid of life due to industrial pollution, has been reborn since the 1970s. Today, it teems with over 110 species of fish, attracting a vibrant array of wildlife including three shark species, two seal species, deep-diving cormorants, and elusive grey herons.

Throughout this tour, you’ll learn about the Thames’ natural history and its current ecology, as well as the ongoing challenges facing this iconic waterway.

Paddleboarding along the Thames not only offers a unique vantage point to appreciate the river’s wildlife but also fosters mental and physical wellbeing by immersing us in nature.

At the end of the session, you’ll receive a specially designed leaflet containing key information about this unique ecosystem, helping you take away more than just memories.

Who Is It For?

Our two-hour guided tour is perfect for beginners. Even if you’ve never been on a paddleboard before, our experienced coaches will guide you through mastering basic skills.

It is also great for those with some paddling skills looking to explore and learn something new about London’s waterways and its vibrant ecosystem.

We look forward to guiding you on this exciting paddleboarding adventure!

Why Choose Us?

Our team is composed of professional, experienced instructors who are passionate about paddleboarding and the River Thames. Their vast knowledge of the local waterways and natural history guarantees an educational and exciting experience.

We provide top-notch paddleboarding equipment that caters to all skill levels. Safety and comfort are our priorities, and we ensure that our gear is regularly maintained and updated.

We take safety very seriously. Our instructors are trained in first aid and water safety, and we maintain a strong safety record by adhering to best practices. We are committed to creating a safe and fun environment for all of our participants.

Our Kew Bridge base is perfectly positioned on the River Thames, providing access to both vibrant urban waterways and tranquil natural settings. This diversity allows us to offer a unique and enriching paddleboarding experience.

We have a strong environmental ethos and are committed to preserving the natural beauty of the River Thames. By participating in our tours, you’re supporting a business that values and actively works towards environmental sustainability.

Our tours are not just about paddleboarding – they’re about immersing yourself in nature and learning about the fascinating ecology of the River Thames. This provides a unique, holistic experience that combines physical activity, relaxation, and education.

In choosing our centre, you’re not just signing up for a paddleboarding tour – you’re embarking on an unforgettable journey of discovery, fitness, and connection with nature.

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What's Included:

  • 2-hour SUP Natural History Tour.
  • Equipment - paddleboard, leash, paddle, buoyancy aid.
  • Showers and changing rooms available.
  • You'll receive a specially designed leaflet containing key information about this unique ecosystem.

Facilities

Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

You will receive confirmation via email and be able to talk to the centre if you have any further questions/special requests.

Kew is easy to access by public transport, car or along the Thames path on foot or bike. We encourage cycling to our meeting point as it is the best option for the environment and easy to access.

Here are your options to choose from:

  • Train: Kew Bridge overground station is only one minute walk from the Arches. There is a regular train service from London Waterloo via Clapham Junction.
  • Bus: There are a number of buses going to and from Kew Bridge and Chiswick High Road.
  • Cycling: There are good quiet riverside routes and bike racks to lock to outside One Over The Ait and The Strand Cafe. There is also space in the arches to park bikes securely.
  • Parking: There are now parking restriction at Strand On The Green between 2-4pm on weekends and 10-12pm and 6-8pm on weekdays. If your session is between these times you may not be able to park on Strand On The Green. There is paid parking at Travelodge Kew Bridge (around £1 per hour) which is around a 10-minute walk along the riverside to our base.

Absolutely! To enquire about a bespoke corporate group booking, just message the team using the chat box in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

No, you don’t. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as experienced paddlers. Our expert instructors will guide you and provide all necessary training before we start the tour.

You’ll learn about the natural history and ecology of the River Thames. You’ll discover the diverse range of species that call the Thames home and understand the various environmental issues affecting this iconic waterway. You’ll also receive a small leaflet packed with key information about this unique environment.

Absolutely. Your safety is our highest priority. Our tours are led by experienced instructors who are trained in first aid and water safety. We provide all necessary safety equipment and keep our groups small to ensure everyone gets the attention and support they need.

Yes, children are welcome on the tour. However, we do recommend that children be at least 11 years old to participate, as some degree of strength and coordination is required for paddleboarding. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

No preparation is needed but dress appropriately for the weather, bring a change of clothes and footwear to wear on water.

We advise checking the weather forecast before your session and dressing appropriately based on the weather conditions on the day – taking wind and rain factors into account.

  • Shoes you will wear on a SUP (depending on the time of year)
  • Spare clothes and a towel (in case you fall in and need to shower)
  • Sun protection (sunscreen and sun hat)
  • Retainer for your glasses
  • Refillable water bottle (you can top up at the arches)
  • Dry bag if you are planning to take things with you on water, including waterproof phone case. We have some dry bags and phone cases for sale on-site.

During the warm weather, the essentials for your SUP session include quick-drying sportswear or gymwear. This could be short or long-sleeved tops, leggings, shorts, or quick-drying trousers. Avoid heavy cotton or denim, as these can hold moisture and make you feel cold quickly when wet.

For footwear, neoprene water shoes are optimal. If you don’t have these, don’t fret. Flat-soled trainers, Converse, or hiking sandals with heel straps work fine for your first few sessions, as long as you don’t mind them getting wet or muddy. Stay clear of flip-flops – they easily fall off, and you risk tripping and injuring yourself. The river banks can be sharp and muddy, so it’s best to avoid going barefoot. We sell neoprene socks at competitive prices (£15-£20) which can be worn with your trainers. We also offer lightweight neoprene shoes and some more technical boots, although not all sizes are available.

A light windproof or waterproof jacket is handy if you think you might get chilly, along with a spare top or jumper to put on after exercise to keep cosy.

As the weather gets colder, a light windproof or waterproof jacket and thermal top are highly recommended. In very cold weather, we suggest wearing light thermals, wetsuits, and a woolly hat, as we lose a lot of heat from our heads. We do provide wetsuits for our sessions, which can be worn over a base layer and pair of leggings.

Footwear becomes crucial in cold weather, as your feet can get chilly! We recommend neoprene shoes, boots, and in extreme cold, neoprene socks. As before, we sell neoprene socks and shoes at affordable prices, but stocks are limited.

During the winter months, we also provide neoprene mitts if needed. Always remember to bring spare clothes and a warm jumper or cosy top to wear after your session – staying warm after exercise is essential during winter.

The River Thames was once biologically dead due to industrial pollution, but since the 1970s wildlife has been returning and thriving. And we’re on a mission to find it! The Thames is now home to more than 115 species of fish, which in turn support three species of mammals and sharks, deep-diving cormorants, stealthy grey herons and more.

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 

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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

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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