‘Having tried SUP before with disastrous and hilarious results I wasn’t hopeful about my exprience at Paddleboarding London on the Camden Canal. But WOW! The two instructors were fantastic and with their guidance I was standing up on my first atttempt.’ 


R  Total beginners welcome – all equipment included

R  Small group and private options

R  Encouraging and experienced instructors – progress at your own pace without pressure 

R  Learn technique, safety and navigation rules 

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Get on Board with Paddleboarding London – Beginner’s Sessions 

New to SUP?  Great, we love teaching newbies how to get on board safely and have a great time. 

We have options to choose from for total SUP beginners: 

Learn 2 SUP Sessions are small group sessions for beginners or those with maybe a bit of paddleboarding experience but perhaps have never had a lesson before.  Sessions are 75 minutes and include onland instruction before getting on the water to put it all into practice.  The sessions are at Hackney and St Katharine Docks – two of our quieter locations.  St Katharine Docks is an enclosed marina where nothing else is moving on the water when we are out so a good option for nervous beginners.   Both locations have showers and changing facilities.   The cost per person is £48.

Lesson & Tours are suitable for confident beginners.  They are group sessions of up to 10 and also include on land instruction before getting on the water but the sessions are mixed ability so they’re not the best option for anyone who might want to take a bit more time to get comfortable on board.  The cost per person is £54 and sessions are 90 minutes. 

Private Lessons are always an option too, available at any of our locations all year round for ultimate flexibility and the option to move at your own pace with one of our experienced, patient and encouraging instructors.  Sessions are for 90 minutes and cost £130 – they can be for one or two people so you can bring a friend along and split the cost. 

Learn 2 SUP, Paddleboarding Tour and Private Lessons are all available as gift vouchers too – they make a great gift for anyone.   

Available all year round.


  • Experienced & qualified instructors who work with all levels of paddlers
  • Board, leash, paddle and PFD (buoyancy aid)
  • Games, challenges and races during tour
  • Changing rooms and secure storage for valuables
  • Shower facilities and separate male & female toilets
  • Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
  • Learn waterway rules for navigating on any waterway
  • Hear the history and heritage of the area
  • Please allow roughly 2 hours for your total visit


Learn 2 SUP Sessions are every Sunday in Hackney from April through October.  They are also regularly at St Katharine Docks, although our schedule changes due to tide and lock times.  See the full Learn 2 SUP schedule below. 

Paddleboarding Lesson & Tours happen 7 days a week in Camden and Sundays in Hackney.   

*Please see the T&Cs for conditions of cancelling/rescheduling

It can, and often does, rain quite a bit in London. As an outdoor activity provider that operates from April – October, we do continue to hold lessons in wet weather when it is safe to do so. This policy outlines our weather, cancellation and rescheduling policy which is strictly enforced and forms a part of our standard booking agreement.


We monitor the weather daily to actively ensure that we can operate under safe conditions. If the forecast is looking questionable we will take a final decision 24 hours before any session start time, based on the Met Office forecast and the following criteria:

High probability for heavy rain (eg 90% chance of heavy rain during the session time)
Constant wind speeds ≥15mph
Wind gusts ≥ 30 mph
In cases where we deem it necessary to cancel a session we will contact you by email and/or mobile to reschedule your session. If you are not able to provide a date to reschedule we will issue you a voucher, valid for 12 months, to rebook at another time. Refunds may be requested but the default position is to reschedule all bookings.


By booking a session with us online (including use of gift vouchers) or by paying for a booking through online invoice you are indicating you have read and accept these terms.


We allow bookings to be rescheduled for any reason with 72+ hours notice. You can manage your booking by using the link sent on your booking confirmation and changing your scheduled date/time. After this time, all bookings are considered final and there is no rescheduling, however you may make substitutions at any time.

We do operate a waiting list and we are sometimes able to fill spaces with last minute availability, so if you are unable to attend and wish us to open the spaces to others please get in touch. If we do fill the spaces we will issue you with a voucher code to rebook at another time but there is no guarantee that we will be able to fill the spaces.


If you need assistance rescheduling your booking please email us (rather than call) as we need the request in writing and we’re often able to make the necessary changes faster.

If you wish us to try to fill your spaces with last minute availability please email us (rather than call) as we need the request in writing and we’re often able to make the necessary changes faster.


In the event of an enforced Government lockdown due to a pandemic on the date of your booking, Paddleboarding London reserves the right to provide you with a voucher code for use of the services on another date for when the lockdown has been lifted and Paddleboarding London is able to operate normally.

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