It's never been easier to safely go afloat on the tidal Thames. Our selection of organisations that welcome beginners can help you get started.
Explore central London by kayak with London Kayak Company

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Multisport centres

With more than one type of sport on offer, the whole family can enjoy getting active on the water at one of these sites. Try your hand at sailing, windsurfing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding under the guidance of an experienced watersports instructor.

Stand up paddleboarding

Have a go at SUP, the newest arrival on the watersports scene. The upper Thames is home to the calmest waters of the tidal stretch so it’s the perfect place to explore the Thames at a leisurely place, and you can progress from kneeling to standing at your own pace. Connect with nature and learn a new skill.

Kayaking and canoeing

See London from the comfort of your own seat in a canoe or kayak. As one of the easiest watersports to pick up, you will quickly get to grips with steering and turning the boat. Take a seat and enjoy seeing London from a new perspective!

Stand up paddleboarding at Back of Beyond Adventures
Slip away from city shores
Explore central London by kayak with London Kayak Company
For tours of central London
Explore inland waterways with Moo Canoes
Explore inland waterways


For pottering about or taking up the sport of sculling. 


To swim in the waters of the Thames but without the tides, there are open swimming clubs in the some of the London docks.


Not ready to go afloat? Find your way to the Thames and back with these walking resources.

A free membership offering you a range of benefits in addition to the latest safety and navigational information.