It's been a beautiful Sunday here in the UK today and I went by the river (Thames) with my girlfriend to get some sunlight and fresh air. (We rarely do that, so that might be why I'm writing a question right now.)
We've seen quite a lot people canoeing on inflatable canoes on the river and we thought:
Hey! That actually seems fun! Could we do that?
So I looked up inflatable canoes on eBay and these seem rather cheap - then I tried to look up how to approach "getting-started" but I'm a bit confused now.
This leads to a question:
As a total water-newbie
(my experience with water ends on swimming in a pool back when I was a child)
what do I need to do to be able to legally and safely canoe on Thames?
Do I need any official training? Do I or my canoe need to have a licence?