Get Involved!

There are SEVEN ways you can get involved to participant in and support the Source to Sea Thames River Relay.

  • Get on a board 
  • Attend our evening of 'Blue Talks'
  • Join us for a 'River Clean Up'
  • Take the #Oneless pledge and let's stop using single-use plastic bottles
  • Watch the first ever SUP Big Ben Race 
  • Join us at the Source to Sea Party where we celebrate the ending of the relay
  • Become a River Volunteer



Get on a board!

Join us on the River, jump on a paddle board and take part in the relay! We have a number of events throughout the month where we invite you to come paddle with us.

  • If you have paddle boarded before, join us on the 1st, 5th, 10th, 11th, 17th or 19th September.
  • Never paddle boarded before? We'd love you to learn - it's easy and you'll be standing in no time. Join us for the Mass Paddle on the 17th September and we'll teach you how to paddle before the event.

How to sign up? See our Timetable of Events (click here) and get in contact with the SUP leg organiser to register.

We look forward to seeing you on the River soon!




Attend our evening of 'Blue Talks'

Watertrek Blue Talks: the River Thames Health – 19th September 2016

Watertrek is inviting you to its first Blue talks evening dedicated to the Health of the River Thames, as part of the Totally Thames Source to Sea SUP River Relay. The event will take place on the 19th September 2016, 7:30 pm (doors open at 7pm), at Chiswick Pier Trust, offering the opportunity to listen to the best experts on the ecology and water quality of the River Thames.

Do you want to arrive to the event on a paddle board?  Join us on a paddle board from Kew Bridge at 6:30pm, to Chiswick Pier House, arriving in time for the start of the Watertrek Blue Talks.

Refreshments provided.

Click here to register.

Program & speakers attending will be announced soon.
Cost for paddle only - £10.00 per person
Cost for the Watertrek Blue Talks only - £5.00 per person
Cost for paddle & the Watertrek Blue Talks - £15.00 per person


Join us for a 'River Clean Up'

Do you want to take part in the Relay, but not on a paddle board?  

Thames21 is hosting a litter count and clean-up event.  Join us with Thames21 to tidy up one of London’s litter hotspots by the south side of Hammersmith Bridge. As well as cleaning the site, they will be leading a count to uncover where all the litter is coming from. As this event is part of the Source to Sea relay, during the event a team of volunteers will arrive on the foreshore on Stand up Paddleboards to join in with the clean up, before continuing on with the relay. 

To register to volunteer on the 21st September, 12:00 - 2:30pm, see further details here.


Take the #Oneless pledge and let's stop using single-use plastic bottles

#OneLess - take the pledge!

Plastic pollution is one of the major threats to the world’s ocean. The UK alone goes through 13 billion plastic bottles a year!

The Thames River Relay and its participants have got behind the brilliant campaign #OneLess, to be apart of the solution to reducing the number of plastic bottles in our ocean.

We can all be a part of the solution. You can make the pledge, along with us to go single-use plastic water bottle free.  All you need to do to make the pledge is tweet a selfie with your refillable water bottle and the #OneLess hashtag to @OneLessBTL. Join Londoners and people from all walks of life to ensure there is one less bottle in the ocean.  Together we can all make a real difference. 


Watch the first ever SUP Big Ben Race

There are many epic SUP races around the world set in stunning locations. But paddling through central London infront of the magnificent Big Ben has to be one of the most iconic SUP races ever!  The whole Project Team are really excited to have this event within the program for the Thames Relay.  

Join us on the Thames River banks and bridges between Putney and Westminster Bridge, to watch 17 elite SUP competitors in this 20km Big Ben Challenge.  Find your perfect River side or bridge spot along the route.  The race takes place Saturday 24th September, starting 1:45-2:00pm (wind dependent) at Putney Embankment, where the competitors will race toward Big Ben, making an about turn before Westminster Bridge, and racing back to Putney Bridge.  You can expect the competitors to reach Big Ben at approximately 2:40-3:15pm (wind and speed dependent).  If you have any questions, just send us an email to [email protected]



Join us at the Source to Sea Party where we celebrate the ending of the relay

After 25 days following the start of the Thames River Relay, it's time to celebrate the first SUP Source to Sea Relay and it's final leg through Central London, where we watch it pass through the Thames Barrier.

Let's all enjoy the moment of what will be an incredible Relay, by celebrating at the Thames Barrier View Cafe and Information Centre, 1 Unity Way, WoolwichLondonSE18 5NJ.

Join us at the Thames Barrier View Cafe and Information Centre at 12pm, or come down to the River bank at 11:15/11:30pm to see the team paddle through the Thames Barrier before they get off the River to come join you in the Cafe.

All welcome!


Become a River Volunteer


Volunteers are an important part of our waterways.

There are a number of brilliant charities working hard to ensure our rivers, canals and oceans are looked after, for us all to enjoy.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Thames21
  • Canal and River Trust
  • WaterTrek

These charities run important volunteer programs which we can all get involved in.  Click on the links above and see how you can start today in supporting the health of the water around us.