Welcome to the Port of London Authority's dedicated recreational users' website, developed to help you navigate the tidal Thames, whether you’re a first timer or a regular visitor. If you want to keep in regular touch, why not join our Tidal Thames Navigators Club(the link's at top right)?
Check out our guidance videos for safely navigating through the Thames.
Rowing through Central London
All you need to know to row or paddle safely on the Tidal Thames, especially in Central London.
Safely navigating in the upper tidal Thames
Navigating in the Thames between Putney and Teddington? Watching our new film will help you do so in safety.
Safely navigating in the lower tidal Thames
Navigating in the Thames Estuary? Watching our new film will help you do so in safety.
The PLA Tidal Thames app provides everyone interested in sport and recreation on the Thames with easy access to essential information for safe navigation on the river. Available for Apple phones via the App Store and Android devices via Google Play.
The Cleaner Thames campaign is all about stopping rubbish getting in the River Thames.
Every year hundreds of tonnes of plastic bottles, food wrappers and other rubbish gets into the Thames, harming creatures including fish, seals and birds. Backed by international explorer, Paul Rose the campaign has a simple message: Bin it for a Cleaner Thames.
Our latest safety campaign is looking to improve all river users’ awareness of how to share the river safely with smaller, vulnerable recreational craft on the tidal Thames. The campaign features seven posters aimed at: paddlers, rowers and skippers of motor cruisers, sailing boats and commercial vessels
The Port of London Authority advise man-powered vessel, in particular; Beginners, Novices, Younger Junior (J15s and younger), or any weaker crews, and those that do not usually navigate on the tidal section of the river Thames not to go afloat on the Ebb Tide.
All river users of man-powered vessels should navigate with extreme caution and consider whether it is safe for them to go afloat on the Ebb Tide.