Head out to London's waterways for three hour introductory group Paddle Boarding lesson and guided river trip.
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
We've all done the usual sightseeing tour around London...but this is your chance to see the capital from a whole new perspective. With this 3 hour paddle boarding experience, you'll not only learn the basic skills and techniques needed to control your board, but will join your instructor for a guided trip along the river...an ideal trip for a group of friends to share.Upon arrival at your chosen departure point of either Kew Bridge, Paddington Basin or Putney Embankment, you'll be greeted by your group instructor and will start the session with a briefing on water safety. The practical part of the lesson will then begin with some land-based skills development and an introduction to techniques such as prone paddling, falling safely and self-rescuing. Then it's time to take to the water and get paddling. Once you've got a good grip on the basics, you'll head out for your water-based adventure. Depending on the route, you may pass some of London's landmarks, such as Little Venice, Fulham Football Club, Hammersmith Bridge or even Kew Gardens. You'll break for a quick cup of tea (or coffee) before returning to land.
A fantastic break from the everyday sightseeing tour, this group SUP lesson and river trip is a fun way to exercise and a great way to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
The London paddle boarding lessons with River trips take place throughout the year, on various selected dates only at each location (subject to availability).
Minimum Age: 7 years
Under 18's must be accompanied by a parent or guardian taking part in the experience.
The Introductory SUP lessons with river trips are suitable for beginners and people of all abilities and ages.
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: 03:00
Time at Venue: 03:15
This is a 3 hour introductory SUP lesson, aimed at beginners - once you've learned the basics, you'll take part in a guided river trip with your instructor.
Routes and trip lengths will vary slightly according to the
group's needs and abilities.
You'll need to arrive around 15 minutes prior to your start time, and will need to allow time to change into dry clothes afterwards.
Participants: The Introduction to SUP with River Trip - London is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 8
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
Max Group Size: 8 participants per instructor.
Spectators are welcome to come along to watch you leave for your lesson and river trip but please bear in mind that participants will be moving along the river so may not always be visible.
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!