Take to London's waterways for a 2 hour group introductory Paddle boarding lesson.
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Learn the skill of Stand Up paddleboarding (SUP) with this fantastic introductory lesson based in a number of convenient London locations. During this group lesson, you will learn techniques from an experienced instructor, helping you become a confident paddleboarder in no time at all.
This paddleboarding lesson begins upon arrival at your chosen London location. Once you and the rest of the group are ready, your experienced SUP instructor will kick things of with an introduction to this exciting water sport. Before getting kitted out in wetsuits, buoyancy aid and heading out onto the water, you will first cover water safety, basic paddling styles and self-rescue techniques. Then it’ll be time to put theory into practise and get out onto on of London's waterways. You’ll start off with paddling kneeling down, before progressing to standing up – if you’re feeling confident! Your expert instructor will be on hand throughout, helping you and your group get to grips with this wonderful water sport. After this two hour lesson, you'll be well equipt with the basics of this sport and are sure to be hooked on your brand new water based hobby!
This group introduction to paddleboarding makes a great experience gift for any Londoner looking to try something new. SUP is a relaxing and rewarding water sport, and this beginners group lesson is a great way to spend a few hours with friends or family.
The London paddleboarding lessons take place throughout the year, on various selected dates only at each location (subject to availability).
The Introductory SUP lessons are suitable for beginners and people of all abilities and ages.
Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian taking part in the experience.
A certain level of flexibility is required - you will need to be able to kneel to learn to Paddle board.
Participants must be comfortable in the water and should be able to swim.
Experience Duration: 02:00
Time at Venue: 02:15
This is a 2 hour introductory lesson, aimed at beginners.
Participants: The Introduction to Paddleboarding - London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 8
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Max Group Size: 8 participants per instructor.
On the day, you'll need to bring with you, a towel, dry clothing, old trainers/water-sports shoes, suntan lotion and drinking water.
During the winter months, wetsuits are recommended - these are available to hire on the day if you do not have your own.
You'll be provided with buoyancy aids upon arrival.
The London Paddleboarding experiences will go ahead in most weather conditions, although if extreme winds or torrential rains obstruct visibility, your experience may need to be re-scheduled for an alternative date.
This week, Maddie and I ventured back into the heart of London to try something a little unusual – Stand Up Paddleboarding! We were lucky enough to experience how beautiful The City can be on a warm summers day – with the weather on our side and perfect for paddleboarding (26 degrees!) .
A short tube hop away from Victoria, we arrived at Paddington Tube Station, ready to see what the day had in store for us. The Active360 boat was easy to find, and our instructor Anu was waiting for us by the barge on Paddington Basin. We got changed into our special paddleboarding shoes (provided), and Anu demonstrated how to paddle, get up onto the board and what to do if we fell in (which luckily, we didn’t!).
After our safety instruction, we headed into the water. We both found the sensation quite daunting at first, as neither Maddie, nor I, had ever SUP’ed before. Within 15 minutes on the paddleboards, however, we were up and standing. Although wobbly at first, we quickly relaxed into it and could enjoy the beautiful sights around us.
We paddled through Paddington Basin, past old Dutch and French Barges, under various cute little bridges – including the half-penny bridge – all the way to the fork between Regents Canal and Little Venice. As ours was a private experience, we chose to make our way through Little Venice, which worked out wonderfully. There were dainty, little restaurants on the river bank, low branching trees and spots where geese and their chicks were all hanging out.
We were surprised by how peaceful and green this part of London is, as this was not something we had experienced before. Our instructor Anu was a wonderful tour guide, explaining various sights along the way and disclosing interesting facts about various parts of the city.
All in all, it’s safe to say our SUP session was by far one of the best experiences we’ve done so far, and we’d both love to go again in future. It definitely showed London in a different light, far from what either of us had experienced before. We would like to say a massive thank you to Active360 for having us and – of course – to Anu for being an excellent tour guide!