Paddle and Plastic Pick Eco Trip

  • paddleboarding

  • 2 hrs

  • Up to 12 people
  • pin

    Greater London, GB

  • ticket-price
    From
    £39.00
    / adult
  • ticket-price
    From
    £39.00
    / child
  • user-group

    Group discount available

  • Description

    These 2-hour paddle and pick sessions are perfect for couples, families or small groups. If it's just you, please book onto a 1:1 session.


    Help clean up the river by coming on a plastic clean-up session with us. We know the Thames is not just a beautiful place to paddle, but is also one of the most important wildlife corridors in the UK. We'd like to make sure it remains a safe place for wildlife above and below water.

    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 will provide you with gloves and a litter picker, paddle, buoyancy aid, and of course a board. After a safety briefing our experienced coaches will then take you out on the Thames to help us remove as much plastic from the water as possible. You'll leave the items with us at the end of the trip and we will make sure to recycle as much of it as is possible.


    Requirements

    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 as you may need a private session to ensure that we are able to provide the right level of support, and that you receive the coach's full attention.

    What to bring

    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). 

    Please wear water shoes, or old sandals, flip flops or trainers as we will be stopping on the river foreshore during the trip.

    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.





    Itinerary

    Your session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank or our pontoon near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size.

    We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide.


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

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