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Richmond Plastic Clean-Up Session

Richmond-upon-Thames

These 2-hour plastic clean-up sessions are perfect for couples, families or small groups.


Help clean up the river by coming on a plastic clean-up session with us. We know the Thames is not just a beautiful place to paddle, but is also one of the most important wildlife corridors in the UK. We'd like to make sure it remains a safe place for wildlife above and below water.

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.

We will provide you with gloves and a litter picker, paddle, buoyancy aid, and of course a board. After a safety briefing our experienced coaches will then take you out on the Thames to help us remove as much plastic from the water as possible. You'll leave the items with us at the end of the trip and we will make sure to recycle as much of it as is possible. Note that all equipment is disinfected between every session.


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.


Please note that we don't cancel sessions due to wet weather - in fact it's lovely on the river in the rain! However, very occasionally, due to extreme weather (high winds, nearby thunderstorms or high river flow), we may need to cancel your session. On these occasions we will contact you and attempt to reschedule, and if this is not an option, we will offer you a credit voucher or full refund. If you don't hear from us, the session is going ahead!


What to bring

Many thanks for your booking - we look forward to paddling with you!

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.

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, but on this trip please wear some water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers that you don't mind getting wet as we will stop during the session to pick up plastic from the foreshore.

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. We have these for sale if you don't have one. If you are worried about losing sunglasses please use a sunglasses strap, or buy one from us for £5. If you are worried about losing sunglasses please use a sunglasses strap!

You will be using our paddleboard and paddle. Buoyancy aids are provided and are compulsory on all our sessions. Waist leashes are only used by coaches and very experienced paddlers. Ankle and knee leashes are not permitted on any of our sessions on safety grounds - they are banned on the tidal Thames.


Requirements

Please do not attend the session if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

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 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, usually downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, but occasionally upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington.


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




£29 per person
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Cancellations

Our cancellation, refund and weather policy

England has a warm and wet climate, and it can often rain, even on summer days.  As an outdoor business we operate year round in all weathers, and only cancel a session if we deem conditions to be unsafe due to high winds, high river flow or thunderstorms nearby. 


The following outlines our policy regarding cancellation and rescheduling: 


  1. If your booking is cancelled at least a full 7 days prior to the activity start time you will be entitled to a full refund, less our booking engine / payment provider fees of 7%. You may also reschedule your booking at no cost.
  2. If your booking is cancelled between 7 days and 24 hours prior to the activity start time we will issue you with a voucher, valid for 12 months, to allow you to reschedule your booking to another time.
  3. If you cancel your booking less than 24 hours prior to the activity start time you will not be entitled to a refund, and you will not be able to reschedule your booking. However if you know someone who could fill your slot, please contact us by email and we’ll try to accommodate them. 
  4. If we cancel your booking at any time, you will be entitled to either reschedule your booking to another time, or to a full refund.


Just to be clear, if the conditions on the day aren’t ideal, but the activity still takes place, you will not be eligible for a refund. We never cancel for rain, so if wet weather is likely please bring a waterproof jacket. If really extreme weather is forecast we will contact you regarding your session. If you don't hear from us, your session is going ahead!


If you are diagnosed with Covid-19, please advise us as soon as possible. Our normal cancellation terms and timings will still apply. If you only advise us within 24 hours of your booking we will only consider rescheduling your session if you can provide adequate proof that you have been asked to isolate or have had a positive Covid test. Apologies if this sounds harsh, but we are a small business and still have to pay our staff and booking engine fees if you cancel at the last moment.


To cancel or reschedule your session please email us on hello@paddlerichmond.co.uk or call us on 0203 488 1785.



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Where we'll meet

Meet at the arch under Richmond Bridge right next to the boathouses. what3words: /// give.tolls.rich Nearest parking in Friars Lane, 5 mins walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/EpVXiSxtPRk92Y2z5 Richmond train station 10 minutes walk, bus 5 mins.

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