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Rewarding, Varied and Fun - A PLA Apprenticeship

Turn to the Thames - that’s the advice from three Port of London Authority (PLA) apprentices in a new film for young people considering their career options.

The Cleaner Thames campaign is all about stopping rubbish getting in the River Thames.

Every year hundreds of tonnes of plastic bottles, food wrappers and other rubbish gets into the Thames, harming creatures including fish, seals and birds. Backed by international explorer, Paul Rose the campaign has a simple message: Bin it for a Cleaner Thames.

One to Watch

Doggett's Coat and Badge
The world’s longest-running annual rowing race will take place on Wednesday 4 September at 2pm. It coincides with the start of the month-long Totally Thames festival.

Up to six recently qualified Thames Watermen apprentices will scull from London Bridge to Chelsea in a historic river spectacle that dates back to 1715. Can someone this year beat the race record of 23 min and 22 sec (set by Bobby Prentice in 1973)?

The 7,400-metre course is a gruelling test of participants’ physical ability and their knowledge of the river and its currents.
Select your gauge
Visit our dedicated recreational users' website, Boating on the Thames. The site provides guidance and advice to assist you in navigating the tidal Thames for the first time, or even if you're a regular visitor.
Ebb Tide Flag Warning
Caution - Low Fluvial Flows