Guardians of the Thames
Learning to love & understand our river

We organise educational river based  activities for schools, scouting groups and clubs.


Our purpose is to help young people from the Thames Valley to discover the history, geology and ecology of our surroundings and understand how the Thames has shaped the lives of those living nearby for generations.


We aim to share our awe, wonderment and respect of the Thames through an experiential day by the river.

Team Paddleboard Maidenhead are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable river goers and have so many stories to share. We combine fun, factual knowledge and physical activities that are suitable and adaptable for young people aged 8 to 18.

Guardians of the Thames can pass their newfound knowledge to friends, family and generations to come. Learning materials for continuing school education are included as well as Guardian of the Thames certificates.

Three  2 hour  sessions in rotating groups of 15 with 2 qualified river guides plus school assistants will ensure the children’s safety as well as entertainment. Buoyancy aids and leashes are used during paddling sessions.

  • Historical Walk & Talk along the Thames footpath.

  • Paddleboarding the Thames Valley

  • Island Games – physical fun including old and modern games.

  • Thames Topics are woven throughout the day’s activities – all age appropriate and relating to this stretch of river and the Thames Valley:

  • Prehistoric Creatures & Creations

  • Saxons v Vikings

  • Edwardians & Victorians

  • Railway and the River

  • Pollution & Plastics

  • Flora & Fauna

  • River Safety & Rescues

Packed lunches will be needed. Breaks, snacks and relaxation time are scheduled between activities.

We will have at least 4 adults on the water and we will keep a watchful eye on them at all times. Please make sure they have a drink and all eye glasses are firmly attached and no cotton clothes are worn (goes cold and soggy). The kids can wear their PE kits but also bring a spare change of clothes if they get wet.

If weather conditions or river levels are deemed unsafe for young paddlers we may have to rebook or relocate.

Get in touch for more information and to book:

Tel: 07505 147957

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