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Eel Pie Island Kayak Trip

Richmond
kayak - Up to 9 people

Description

This scenic and sociable paddle is a firm favourite. Hit the River Thames at twilight and paddle around Eel Pie Island, stopping for a mid-point pint at The White Swan, a charming riverside pub in Twickenham. Suitable for all abilities, this easy-going paddle passes through idyllic Surrey countryside, with a pit stop at a traditional 17th Century pub where the tide laps the garden tables. Bask in the sunny garden or hunker by the log fire, before drifting back downstream to your start point at River Lane.

What to bring

It is a good idea to bring a re-useable bottle of drinking water to take with you.


Spare clothes and a towel are also recommended as is a change of footwear because your feet are very likely to get wet. These can be left in our vehicle at your own risk.


Most people wear board shorts, swimming shorts, running tights or leggings and a t-shirt. We have long sleeved rash vests for you to wear and provide a PFD (personal floatation device) for each of you. 


You must have footwear with you that you don’t mind getting wet. Flip flops are great and wetsuit shoes can also work.


If it is particularly sunny, it is recommended that you wear sun-cream and a hat. Sunglasses are also good. Be aware that can they sink quickly... so do not bring your best pair.


Please note that there are no toilets or changing facilities at River Lane, but there is woodland at River Lane that some people choose to change in.


The nearest toilet is at the Petersham Nurseries if they are open.

Physical requirements

The Eel pie Island Kayak trip is suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike.


You will be paddling for approximately an hour at a time with short stops along the way.


You are going to be paddling in beautifully stable touring kayaks so it is unlikely that you will end up in the water....although it can happen!


We provide PFD's (personal floatation devices) that will keep you buoyant in the water if you do end up in it. We can then help you back onto stand up paddle board.


If you are a weak or non swimmer, please do let your instructor know so that they are aware of it.

Itinerary

Check in and introduction

Adjust your kayaks to fit you

Learn / re-introduce the essentials of paddling:

  1. Forward paddling
  2. Turning techniques
  3. Safety

Discover your new favourite pastime.... Decide to paddle more regularly!


Cancellations

Full refund if cancelled 15 days or more prior to the activity.

Cancellation


In case you need to cancel the lesson, trip or session, then following charges apply:

  1. 14-8 Days before the course date 50% of the total course fee
  2. 7-0 Days before the course date 100% of the course fee


Refunds 


Please note that failure to attend the lesson, trip or session will not be eligible for refund whatsoever. The above charges will apply.

In the case where a refund is made to you by us, the refund may take up to 14 working days to be processed. Refunds will be processed using the same payment method that the original payment was made.


Rescheduling lessons, trips and sessions


Rescheduling is permitted but, if requested within 7 days of the initial date of the lesson, trip or session, will incur a £10 rescheduling fee per person, per change. Rescheduling fees must be paid immediately upon rescheduling.


  1. We reserve the right to change any part of a published lesson, trip or session if this is caused by circumstances beyond our control.
  2. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any lesson, trip or session and will advise the customer as soon as the change is known.
  3. We will use all reasonable endeavours to avoid changes of this nature.


For any lessons, trips or sessions, which are rescheduled due to unforeseen circumstances such as thunderstorms and high winds; instructor or guide sickness; lesson, trip or session is filled with a low number of paddlers, then, every endeavour will be made to provide a replacement instructor or guide, or to reschedule the lesson, trip or session and we will offer paddlers as many dates as possible to participate in their session. Please note that a refund is not available in this circumstance.


The location and date of the lesson, trip or session will be advised upon booking. We reserve the right to change the location and will advise the customer as soon as the change is known. We will not be liable for out of pocket expenses due to cancellation or any other changes to venue or session.


Non Attendance


Any non-attendance of any lesson, trip or session for any reason whatsoever is deemed to be a cancellation with no notice and payment is due in full.






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