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Paddleboard Safety

All our instructors are qualified and  first aiders, risk assessments are completed before each paddle and everyone is provided with a buoyancy and a waist leash. We take safety seriously even on the calm warm days as there are more river traffic. There is so much to be aware of and being risk averse means there is less room for errors. If you own your own board we really recommend our Safety, Skills and Rescue training; in just 2 hours you will learn how to maneuver your board more quickly ( best way to  avoid collisions) and how to rescue yourself and others and the river etiquette as well as all the other aspects of safety. 

Please read the health & safety advice below beforehand if you are going out on your own.


Safety First 

Take into account your fitness levels, and weather conditions too before planning your journey. If you have your own paddleboard (BYO) and going out on your own, we advise you read the safety advice below.

Click on this link to see if there are any flow warnings for The Thames.

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Safety, Skills & Rescue Courses

When weather is perfect, paddling is easy but wind directions and river flow can change. Our Skills, Safety &  Rescue Courses are suitable for all ages and help you become more 'river savvy' and have a wide range of paddling techniques to paddle faster and further. If you can't find a date/time to suit you, just drop us a message. 

When you come paddling with us the sessions are 2 hours. It is therefore very important that you already participate in physical activities. We can paddle as slow or fast as you want but you don't want to fatigue easily or put undue stress on your body, it will take away from the enjoyment of your paddling experience. 

Please let us know in advance of your paddle if you have any health or medical conditions that may affect your participation. Bring any medication with you and we can pop it into a 'dry bag' to be attached to your SUP board and be kept safe and dry!  

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All of our Team members are DBS checked, fully qualified British Canoe paddleboard instructors, coaches and leaders, first aiders and have completed Foundational Rescue Skills Training and they love paddling!


If you are fairly new to paddling on the river or paddling 'out of season', these videos could help keep you warmer and safer.