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  Paxmead Riverside Base
Brownie Splashabout

Paxmead Riverside Base is Girlguiding Surrey West’s boating centre situated on a delightful stretch of the River Thames in Shepperton, Middlesex within easy reach of both Windsor and London.
With a beautiful stretch of water on our doorstep, boating is a natural past time and obvious choice and a tow path runs alongside the river in both directions to walk along with the group. The Boathouse

          Why not try out our:

Kayaks – single and double seaters
Canoes – single and double seaters
Sit-on tops

Or go for something a bit bigger with our:
Kata Kanus – seats up to 6 paddlers
Bell Boat – 12 paddlers

or our splendid Dragon boat – 10 paddlers plus helm and drummer

We can cater for Have a Go Sessions or work at improving skills towards an award.
We run Evening Boating Sessions for working towards the British Canoeing Paddlepower Scheme as well as the Star Awards.

Why not bring your Girlguiding or Scouting Groups down for a treat on the river either for an evening paddle or end of term event?

Brownies love the Dragon and Bell Boat whereas Guides tend to prefer the more individual boats.
We aren’t just for the young but also the Young at Heart; adults are positively encouraged to join in to give the complete experience.
We are open all year round with boating available; weather/river conditions permitting.


 we have 40-50 single and 2 double Kayaks to choose from, varying in size and styles to suit Brownies through to Adults.


Kayaks 1 Kayaks 2 Kayaks 2

What better Brownie Adventure for a warm, sunny, summer evening than bell-boating on the river Thames? Some great teamwork to paddle and steer the boat, quite a lot of splashing, and Brownies being Brownies, plenty of happy noise!

Open Canoes

 choose from 1 single and 4 double open canoes.

Open Canoes

What we love about Paxmead was excellent

Kata Kanus 1

Kata Kanu's

 there are 2 kata kanus which are great for small group paddling.

"Fantastic boating and team of volunteers.  We had a great time on the Thames, finishing off with a cardboard canoe race"
Deborah Stuttard Bourneside


Kata Kanus 2

Bell Boat

 A Paxmead favourite, especially with Brownies
Seats up to 12 paddlers plus instructors
Great for group paddling and building confidence

Bell Boat

A huge thank you to volunteers at Girlguiding Surrey West County Paxmead Riverside Base, for making this fabulous opportunity possible.

Dragon Boat

  Seats 10 paddlers plus helm and drummer

Dragon Boat


Hoist available for wheelchair users
Kata Kanus great for anyone needing a back rest; tarp in the centre can also be used to lie on
2 x Double Kayaks and 4 Open Canoes if anyone unable to paddle their own
Rowing boats available


We have a group of experienced instructors which we can call upon if you are unable to supply your own instructors.
Minimum requirement at Paxmead is that there must be 1 x Level 2 Instructor during boating sessions, these can be supported by other instructors of any level.
Please refer to the Guiding manual and Paxmead regulations for ratios of Instructors to participants.
If you are interested in taking kayak or open canoe qualifications please give us your details


Check out availability and Book Online
For further information or help contact the Girlguiding Surrey West office

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