Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) in London

Stand up paddleboarding with Active360 on the River Thames at Richmond

Stand up paddleboarding with Active360 on the Thames at Richmond

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is rapidly growing in popularity across the UK. It is relatively easy to learn the basics and there isn’t a huge amount of equipment needed. You just need a board and a paddle and you’re ready to go.

London has plenty of SUP-friendly waterways to explore. Inexperienced paddlers should consider wearing a buoyancy aid, and should not attempt tidal or fast moving waters without the necessary skills and training.

As with all forms of paddlesport, you will get more out of paddleboarding if you invest in some training to start you off. Experts will explain the paddle strokes and give you advice on starting, stopping and turning. Most importantly, they will be able to show you what to do if you fall of your board and want to get back on again!

If you are looking for paddleboarding lessons, trips and hire in London or want to buy paddleboarding gear and kit, check out the links below.

A SUP instructor with a woman and child on SUP boards, on the River Thames
Lessons with Active360 on the River Thames

Stand up Paddleboarding – useful links

British Stand Up Paddle Association

Active360 Paddleboarding – various SUP locations in west London and sales

Blue Chip SUPer Club – south west London, club and sales

Edge Progressive Paddling – canoe club

EPIC SUP – SUP club in Twickenham

Canoe London tries a night paddle on the River Thames