Richmond 2hr Private SUP Experience

  • paddleboarding

  • 2 hrs

  • Up to 24 people
  • house-outline


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    Richmond-upon-Thames, GB

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    Group discount available

  • Description

    Why not have an instructor just for you or your group for a 2-hour private lesson? Suitable for individuals, couples, families and groups or parties of up to 24 paddlers.

    Pricing from £62.50 weekdays, and £69 weekends and Bank Holidays. (Note: if you're on your own we have to charge a £30 solo supplement at peak times (weekends and Bank Holidays between Easter and the end of September).

    Who is this for?

    Our lessons are open to paddlers of all abilities, from complete beginners, to those who have paddled many times before - we guarantee that everyone will learn something new and leave with a smile on their face - and a photo or two taken by our instructors!

    Children over 10 are welcome if they are accompanied on the water by a parent or legal guardian.

    What will I learn?

    Your two-hour paddleboarding session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training from your friendly and fully-qualified coach, 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 and progressing confidently in no time. And if you're an old hand, let us know if there's anything you'd like to focus on - we can help with your technique, refresh your river safety knowledge, explore new areas, or just enjoy paddling on the river!

    Is it safe on the river?

    Yes - we run these sessions at "half-tide" when there is almost no river flow at Richmond, making it very safe on the water.

    Where will I paddle?

    All trips start and finish at Richmond Bridge. 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.

    What does "peak" mean?

    Our peak periods are weekends and bank holidays from April to the end of September. Weekday sessions are "off peak" and cheaper. You can select the correct option during the checkout process.

    Any other options?

    Yes, we now have sit-on top kayaks available - single or double, so if you prefer to take things sitting down, you can select this as an option

    Can we stop for a drink or ice cream?

    Yes, just select the pub/cafe stop option and we can stop for 30 minutes for a refreshing drink at a riverside pub or cafe (drink not included, sorry).

    Can I bring my dog?

    Yes, but by prior arrangement only - please contact us first on Unfortunately we don't have dog lifejackets.

    Can I cancel or reschedule after I've booked?

    Please see our cancellation policy. You have the option to add day before Flexi Rescheduling as an add-on when you book.


    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.

    Before taking part, please make Paddle Richmond staff aware of any significant medical condition/disability that may affect your ability to participate, or to understand instructions. If you have any doubts regarding fitness to participate, please contact Paddle Richmond to discuss your concerns in advance, or seek medical advice from a doctor.

    We advise that you do not participate in paddleboarding if you are pregnant. If you do so, it is at your own risk.

    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 so that we can discuss your requirements and make sure that everyone has a great time.

    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 on these sessions, but you could wear water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers if you'd prefer to wear shoes.

    If it’s sunny please bring a hat and sun cream, and a bottle of water.

    In colder weather (November - March), wearing a wetsuit is 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 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.

    You will be using our paddleboard and paddle. Buoyancy aids are provided and are compulsory on all our sessions.


    After we have kitted you out, we will provide a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size, and is part of the overall session time.

    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. We will return to our launch point at the end of the session.

    *You can expect to be paddling on the water for 90-105 minutes

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


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