River Thames Session

The club paddle the Thames Tideway most Thursday evenings throughout the year.  
 
This part of the Thames is tidal and as such there can be strong currents. These sessions are not suitable for complete beginners. You must have experience and knowledge of capsize and rescue drills, which can be obtained at the pool sessions. You must also be able to paddle in a relatively straight line most of the time.
 
Please contact us if you would like to attend a session and give details of your previous kayaking experience. 
 

Where and when

We meet at our container at Barns Elms at 7.30pm and generally return by 10pm.  During Winter months when it is dark in the early evening, we meet at The Ashlone Building, Embankment, Putney SW15 1LB, end of the road before the towpath, and walk up the path together for safety and security.

Kit

The hire of club kit is covered by the session fee.  This includes kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, cag, deck and helmet. 

You will need to bring:

  • Synthetic clothing that does not hold water, (thermal top and bottoms or similar)
  • Wetsuit boots or old shoes you don’t mind getting wet
  • Headtorch or equivalent x 2 as it gets dark when we are on the water
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes

Cost

The sessions cost £5 for members, £10 for non-members requiring club kit.  This is payable to the key holder attending on the night. Regular attendees of the session may pay £60 per annum to cover the costs of these sessions. If you join after the 1st May then you may pay £30 for all sessions until membership renewal in October.

 

 


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