Welcome to Get on Board 2019 training session.
This year the event takes place on Friday 21st June 2019 and runs from Kew Bridge to Richmond.
The main aim of Get on Board 2019 is to highlight the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways. But it’s also about building on the success of last year and creating a great community event involving residents, businesses, workers and charities both on the water and on the towpath.
No specialist clothing is required. In warm weather, ordinary gym gear will be fine (shorts/leggings/T-shirt/sweatshirt), with old sandals or trainers you don't mind getting wet. Or you can get cheap neoprene wet shoes from most large supermarkets. No bare feet, footwear is required at all our SUP locations.
In colder weather (November - March), a wetsuit would be advisory. We have wetsuits available if requested in advance. Always bring a towel and a change of clothes just in case you take a little dip during the SUP lesson.
You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable about falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid.
A certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.
You will need to shower / wash thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed and need to ensure any open cuts are covered.
We have taken people with physical and mental disabilities out on the water however please contact us before booking as we may need to take you out privately to ensure you receive the coach's full attention.
We will also need to know of any recent injuries prior to the session.
The session will start with some land-based training near our pontoon, before heading out on the river . We will pass some of south west London's most picturesque landscapes and work on techniques such as turning and moving from kneeling to standing before returning to the pontoon .