SUP Lessons and Trips
Are you a beginner looking to Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) for the first time? Got some skills but looking to learn some new paddleboarding tricks? Perhaps you're looking to plan your own trips? We offer a range of SUP sessions from our Richmond and Teddington centres on one of the safest and most beautiful stretches of the river Thames. Learn to paddleboard with some of the most experienced and friendly SUP coaches in the country, and pick up new things in every session! Click on our booking button to see what paddle board activities we have available, or scroll down to learn more about the different types of sessions that we offer.
Available at Richmond and Teddington
Join a group, or book a private session
Available most days Easter-October
Discounted multi-session passes available
These sessions are ideal for complete beginners as well as those who have paddle boarded a few times before. You'll join us on a group SUP session led by an experienced coach, all the kit and equipment you need will be provided (max 6 people). All you have to do is turn up!.
Or why not take advantage of our Private SUP Sessions to really hone your game? Book a 1:1 trip, or a session for you and your friends or family (max 18 people - These are ideal for Birthdays, Hens and Stags!).
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a great way to keep fit, make friends, have fun, experience the Thames and to see a different side of the city. Join our trips and we'll show you the basics of paddle board safety, and paddle technique, including turns, self-rescue, and of course, how to stand-up!
These sessions run from our Richmond and Teddington sites. We always finish where we started so it's easier for you to make plans! Both sites have loads of eating and drinking options nearby (the Teddington site is actually in the beer garden of The Anglers pub!) so you'll be able to continue your day out after the session.
Regardless of where you start you'll be paddling on one of the safest and most beautiful stretches of the Thames, taking in Eel Pie Island, Ham House, and Richmond Bridge.
Completing this session with us allows you to return at a discounted rate on a variety of future trips and hire sessions. Or, you could get a discount right away by clicking on the 'voucher' option and purchasing a class-pass.
Richmond SUP Adventures
All the sessions below are what we call our 'SUP Adventures'. These are Stand-Up Paddleboard trips with a difference, be it seeing the sunrise, cleaning up the river, or just heading to the pub! If you're looking for a lesson, or just fancy a chill paddle session then the SUP sessions above this box are ideal for you. The sessions below all require some kind of prior SUP experience, but feel free to give us a call on 0203 488 1785 to have a chat and we'll see what works for you!
Plastic Clean-Up Session
Prior experience required
Paddle Richmond needs you!
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 it's also one of the most important wildlife corridors in the UK. We'd like to make sure it remains a safe place for wildlife to thrive above and below the water.
On our plastic pick-up sessions we usually paddle from Richmond Bridge downstream past Richmond Lock towards Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick. We’ll see plenty of wildlife and interesting river activity on the way, as well as helping to clean up the stunning river Thames.
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 to the Thames to help us remove as much plastic from the water as possible. You'll leave the rubbish with us at the end of the trip and we will make sure to recycle as much of it as is possible.
These sessions are not lessons, and anyone who signs up will need to have paddled with us on one of our group or private sessions before.
Experience sunrise on the water when you join us for one of our early morning paddles on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames. The river is usually very quiet with amazing light and lots of wildlife at this time.
This trip is open to people who have paddled on one of our sessions on the tidal Thames before, and who are reasonably confident on their board. After a reintroduction to paddle safety and technique we'll head out onto the river.
Depending on tide and conditions we will either head from Richmond upriver towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington, or downstream towards Isleworth and Kew Gardens.
These sessions usually set off around 6am or 6:30am depending on the time of year.
Hampton Court to Richmond Expedition
Three to four hours paddling
On this epic one-way trip, you will be paddling through the heart of the Arcadian Thames, initially upstream to Molesey Lock in order to get the best view of Hampton Court Palace, and then downstream towards Thames Ditton, Surbiton, Kingston, Teddington and then on to Richmond. You’ll see loads of wildlife, and paddle past secret islands and historic palaces. We’ll aim to stop for a coffee and snack along the way.
Note that this SUP adventure is currently only open to those who have paddled with us on the Thames previously, and is not suitable for Beginners. We have to work this trip around the tides so click on the booking button and look for the Hampton Court to Richmond Expedition to see what we have available.
Paddle to the Pub
Richmond and Teddington
Evening Paddles on the Thames
Let the stress of the working week float away as we take you on a 2.5 hour evening SUP adventure on the Thames with a chilled out stop for a drink at a beautiful riverside pub (1 drink included).
The Thames between Richmond and Teddington is an absolutely idyllic and very safe location for stand-up paddleboarding. This 2.5 hour session is open to both beginners and more experienced paddlers.
After a short briefing on paddle safety and technique we'll head out onto the river. You'll see the river quieten down as the evening continues, and you'll get to spend some time in a gorgeous riverside pub, before we paddle back to our starting point.
These sessions start from either Richmond or Teddington and typically take place on a Thursday evening in the summer. Times and location are tide-dependent, so click on our booking button to see what we have available.
We can arrange a fun team-building paddleboarding, kayaking, or mixed-craft outing for your company or department. All ages and abilities welcome.
If you wish, we can go on a river clean-up and remove plastic from the river. We can also stop at any number of the fantastic bars and restaurants that Richmond has to offer.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options and pricing. We'd be delighted to put your event together.
Richmond Bridge Boathouses
3 Broom Rd