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1:1 Private 2hr Paddleboard session

Richmond-upon-Thames

Private one to one 2-hour paddleboard lesson - just for you!

We're back on the water with 1:1 sessions from 8th March, and to help get people back on the water, we are running these private sessions at a discounted £69 rate at the moment, rather than our standard private lesson rates.

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 observe strict social distancing allowing you to keep at least 2m apart from your coach at all times. Note that all equipment is disinfected between every session.

This session is open to adult paddlers of all abilities, from complete beginners, to those who have paddled many times before. Unfortunately we can't take under-18s on 1:1 sessions.

Your two-hour paddleboarding session will start with a "socially-distanced" safety briefing and some land-based training before you head out on the water for your lesson and guided tour of the river. We will introduce you to paddleboarding equipment, teach you about safety and navigation on the river, as well as paddle techniques, including how to steer, stop and self-rescue. If you're new to the sport we’ll have you standing up confidently in no time, and if you're an old hand, we'll help with your technique, refresh your river safety knowledge and just enjoy the river!


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.


We don't cancel sessions due to rain - in fact it's lovely on the river in the rain! However, very occasionally, due to extreme weather (high winds, lightning or poor visibility), we may need to cancel your paddleboard session. On these occasions we will contact you and attempt to reschedule your lesson, 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

No specialist clothing is required, but no jeans or cotton please, as cotton gets very cold when wet. 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.

In warm weather, swimwear or ordinary quick drying gym gear will be fine (shorts/leggings/T-shirt/fleece).

If possible please arrive wearing the clothes you intend to paddle in.

We usually paddle barefoot on these sessions, but in winter you could wear water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers. We have water shoes for sale for £10 if you need them.

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


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 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.



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.



Itinerary

Your session will start with a safety briefing and an introduction to paddleboarding. This typically takes 15-20 minutes.

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.

£69 for adults
No times available

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. Nearest parking in Friars Lane, 5 mins walk away. https://goo.gl/maps/EpVXiSxtPRk92Y2z5 Richmond train station 10 minutes walk.

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