Thames Skills & Knowledge 1 (TSK 1)

  • paddleboarding

  • 5 hrs

  • Up to 10 people
  • pin

    London, GB

  • ticket-price
    From
    £120.00
    / adult
  • Description

    The Thames Skills & Knowledge (TSK) 1 Crash Course aims to provide a good knowledge of the main risks for people navigating the Thames in unpowered craft. It has been developed in cooperation with the Port of London Authority (PLA). Content has been agreed with the Assistant Harbourmaster responsible for sport and recreation.


    Theory part of the TSK 1 includes detailed information about tides and how they affect Thames users; weather effects, river traffic and navigation rules for paddleboarders and other river users; tidal river hazards and associated risks.


    Module 1: River Knowledge

    Module 2: Equipment

    Module 3: SUP Paddling Skills + intro to Trip Planning

    Module 4: Theoretical Trip Planning


    Theory part of the TSK 1 includes detailed information about tides and how they affect Thames users; weather effects, river traffic and navigation rules for paddleboarders and other river users; tidal river hazards and associated risks;

    SUP equipment selection appropriate for the Tideway, essential SUP paddling skills and SUP river safety skills are also covered.


    Practical part - 2.5hr guided River Trip 

    All participants are expected to demonstrate a good level of personal competence and confidence on the Tideway, be able to paddle against the tide, apply basic SUP strokes efficiently, Be confident in self rescue and demonstrate an understanding of the navigation rules and protocols on the Tideway incl. crossing the river safely, working the slacks etc.


    To join this course you should have good previous SUP experience including some on tidal waters or coastal (at least 10 hours). If you are unsure on your personal paddling ability then why not join one of our group or club trips first.


    Requirements

    You should have at least 10 hours experience before booking on to the TSK 1, this is especially important for the practical session as although guided by a coach you will be expected to be proficient on a board with part of the session spent paddling against the tide (working the slacks).

    You will need to shower / wash thoroughly after the session if you have fallen in or been splashed and need to ensure any open cuts are covered.

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


    What to bring

    Remember to check the weather forecast and dress accordingly.


    1. Warmer weather - gym/jogging type quick drying 'technical' clothing
    2. footwear is essential - neoprene/water shoes are best, if not a spare pair of trainers or old sandals (with a heel strap) will do. Your feet will get wet! NO FLIP FLOPS (you may lose them in the water and the river bank)
    3. change of clothes in case
    4. extra layers to put on after the activity (exercise makes us feel a bit chilly after)
    5. retainers for your glasses/sunglasses (don't lose them!)
    6. wetsuits are available on site if required
    7. sunscreen is a MUST in the summer even on an overcast day.
    8. make sure you arrive HYDRATED to your session (please start drinking water 1- 2 hrs before your session and drink plenty of water!)


    See you soon on the water!


    Itinerary

    Theory part of the TSK 1 includes detailed information about tides and how they affect Thames users; weather effects, river traffic and navigation rules for paddleboarders and other river users; tidal river hazards and associated risks.


    Module 1: River Knowledge

    Module 2: Equipment

    Module 3: SUP Paddling Skills + intro to Trip Planning

    Module 4: Theoretical Trip Planning


    Theory part of the TSK 1 includes detailed information about tides and how they affect Thames users; weather effects, river traffic and navigation rules for paddleboarders and other river users; tidal river hazards and associated risks;

    SUP equipment selection appropriate for the Tideway, essential SUP paddling skills and SUP river safety skills are also covered.


    Practical part - 2.5hr guided River Trip 


    All participants are expected to demonstrate a good level of personal competence and confidence on the Tideway, be able to paddle against the tide, apply basic SUP strokes efficiently, Be confident in self rescue and demonstrate an understanding of the navigation rules and protocols on the Tideway incl. crossing the river safely, working the slacks etc.

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