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Private Paddleboard lesson - off peak

Greater London

Private 2-hour paddleboard lesson - for individuals, couples, families and small groups of up to 6 paddlers.

To help get people out on the water as we come out of lockdown, we are running these private sessions at a reduced rate on weekdays at the moment.

Who is this for?

Our lessons are open to paddlers of all abilities, from complete beginners, to those who have paddled many times before - we guarantee that everyone will learn something new! Children over 10 are welcome if they are accompanied on the water by a parent or legal guardian.

Is it safe on the river?

Yes - we run these sessions at "half-tide" when there is almost no river flow at Richmond, making it very safe on the water.

Where will I paddle?

You will be paddling on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington, or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick. If you like we can add in a 20 minute ice cream break, or stop at a cafe or pub on this trip.

What will I learn?

The session will start with a "socially-distanced"safety briefing and some land-based training before heading out on the water for your lesson and guided tour of the river. We will introduce you to paddleboarding equipment, teach you about navigation on the river, as well as the basic techniques of how to paddle kneeling down and standing up, and how to steer, stop and self-rescue.

Covid-safety?

These sessions are designed to allow everyone to keep at least 2m apart from each other at all times. Note that all equipment is disinfected between sessions.

If you like we can add in a 20 minute ice cream break, or stop at a cafe or pub on this trip.


Cancellation and Bad Weather

Book with confidence - we offer a 100% money back guarantee in the event that the session cannot run due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please see our Cancellation Policy for details on cancelling or rescheduling your session for other reasons.


Occasionally, due to bad weather (high winds or poor visibility), instructor availability or low booking numbers, we may need to cancel your paddleboard session.On these occasions we will attempt to reschedule your lesson, and if this is not an option, we will offer you a credit voucher or full refund. We will always endeavour to contact you as soon as we are able to discuss the options with you.

What to bring

Please arrive wearing the clothes you intend to paddle in as we have very limited space to get changed.

We have a safe storage space for your bags and valuables. Toilets are only available in local cafes or pubs, with pretty limited access at the moment, so please plan ahead!

Also, please bring your own hand-sanitiser if possible, and we ask you to observe the social distancing requirements at all times.

No specialist clothing is required, but no jeans or cotton please, as cotton gets very cold when wet. In warm weather, swimwear or ordinary quick drying gym gear will be fine (shorts/leggings/T-shirt/fleece).

We usually paddle barefoot on these sessions, but you could wear water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers if you'd prefer to wear shoes.

If it’s sunny please bring an old baseball hat and sun cream.

In colder weather (November - March), wearing a wetsuit would be advisable. We have wetsuits available if requested in advance, or bring your own. Also, please bring extra layers, a towel and a change of clothes just in case you take a little dip during the lesson.

You may also want to bring a small dry bag for spare waterproof/warm clothing, money, any medications you may need and your phone in a waterproof pouch. If you are worried about losing sunglasses please use a sunglasses strap!

Buoyancy aids are provided and are compulsory on all Active360 sessions. Waist leashes are only used by coaches and very experienced paddlers. Ankle and knee leashes are not permitted on any of our sessions.




Requirements

In light of the the current Covid-19 restrictions, we will require you to keep a safe distance of at least 2m from each other and from your coach during both the safety briefing and the on-water session. Please do not attend the session if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

We will ask you to register your details when you arrive to comply with Covid track and trace requirements.

You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable with 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.

We will also need to know of any recent injuries prior to the session.

You will need to shower / wash thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed, and need to ensure that any open cuts are covered. Note that we do not have shower facilities at Richmond.

We do take people with physical and mental disabilities out on the water, however please contact us before booking as you may need a private session to ensure that you receive the coach's full attention.



Itinerary

Your session will start with a socially-distanced safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank or our pontoon near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size.

We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Richmond Lock, Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide.


*The distance actually covered will depend on conditions on the day.


Group discount available


£69 per adult
£49 per child

Wed, 4th Nov
11:00 - 13:00 · 5 spaces left
Thu, 5th Nov
11:00 - 13:00 · 5 spaces left
Fri, 6th Nov
11:00 - 13:00 · 5 spaces left


Add-ons


Cancellations

Our refund / cancellation policy

You will be entitled to a refund under the following circumstances:

  1. If your booking is cancelled at least a full 5 days prior to the activity start time you will be entitled to a full refund. You may reschedule your booking at no cost.
  2. If your booking is cancelled between 5 days and 48hr prior to the activity start time you will be entitled to a refund less a 25% admin fee, or you may reschedule your booking at no cost.
  3. If you cancel your booking less than 48hr prior to the activity start time you will not be entitled to a refund.
  4. If we cancel your booking at any time, you will be entitled to a full refund.


Note that if the conditions on the day aren’t ideal, but the activity still takes place, you will not be eligible for a refund.

To cancel or reschedule please email us on info@active360richmond.co.uk or call us on 0203 488 1785.



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Where we'll meet

Meet at the pontoon opposite the boathouses right next to Richmond Bridge. You will see large signs saying Paddleboarding on the walkway to the pontoon. Nearest parking in Friars Lane, 5 mins walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/EpVXiSxtPRk92Y2z5 Richmond train station 10 minutes walk.

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