PADDLING

Introduction

Navigating a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard on the tidal Thames requires knowledge of the way the powerful tidal river operates and the way that the boats and ships navigate upon it.

The river above Putney is relatively benign and suitable for all types of canoeing and stand-up paddleboard craft as long as the right precautions are undertaken. Below Putney Bridge the river becomes increasingly sea-like and sea kayaks are most commonly used.

The guidance in the Paddling on the Tidal Thames 2015 guide below gives advice on how to navigate and stay safe on the river. Our Be Safe Be Seen guide gives advice on lighting too.

Stand-up Paddleboarding is a growing recreational activity on the tidal Thames.  Providing you follow the ‘Paddling on the Tidal Thames’ guide then you may paddleboard between Teddington Lock and Putney Pier during the day.

Paddleboarding downstream of Putney Pier is only permitted for more experienced paddlers who have undertaken recognised training courses and only at the times when the river will be less busy. The Stand-Up Paddleboarding on the Tidal Thames 2015 document below must be followed when paddling in this area. Contact [email protected] for more information on these courses.

For guidance on using waist leashes, see: http://www.active360.co.uk/our-policies.htm

If you are interested in paddling on the Thames, we strongly suggest joining one of the many paddling clubs on the river. Visit http://canoelondon.com/canoe-clubs-in-london/ for club information. They can provide training, local knowledge and accompany you on your first trips out on the river. Alternatively, contact one of our Harbour Masters using the contacts at the bottom of the page for more advice.

 

Guidance Documents

 

Paddling on the Tidal Thames Guide 2015

 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Tidal Thames 2015

 

 

Vulnerable River Users Campaign

 

Recreational Users' Guide

Teddington to Broadness 

Broadness to Sea Reach

 

 

You, Your Canoe and the Environment

Be Safe, Be Seen Guide

 

 

 

Richmond Lock and Weir

 

 

Thames Barrier

PLA Byelaws, Rules and Regulations

 

Links

Canoe England

Canal & River Trust

Environment Agency

On the water

 

 

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