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Canal SUP and History with paddle & pick

London
sup - Up to 16 people

Description

Join us as for a special Canal SUP & History session (with paddle & pick), as we explore the interesting history of the Grand Union and Regent’s Canal.

Up until the late 1960s, the canal systems of London were important transport routes connecting the River Thames with the Industrial north. Today these waterways are vital leisure amenity used for activities such as boating and paddleboarding.

Stand up paddleboarding in the heart of the city will allow you to enjoy London from a unique perspective, and during this session you will also learn more about the wildlife and environmental issues threatening these iconic waterways.

Taking part in this session will allow you to join us on the Thames for a SUP Natural History Tour as a returning paddler.

What to bring

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.


Physical requirements

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.


Itinerary

After a short land-based into to SUP and a 15mins talk about the natural history of London waterways, we will set off from Paddington basin and paddle towards Little Venice on the Gran Union Canal.

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£55 for adults

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