Watersports in the South West

The South West coast and waterways are a great place to explore with your canoe, board or kayak. Some of the best surfing beaches are found here too.

Semi-submerged view of snorkeller in the sea off South Milton Sands, Devon

Watersports around Salcombe

Get into the water on your next visit the coast near East Soar, it's the perfect excuse to try something new.

Kayaking near Old Harry at Studland Beach, Dorset


Swimming, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and diving are some of the ways to enjoy the sheltered waters of Studland Bay.

Kayakers at Wembury, Devon

Watersports at Wembury

As well as walking and discovering creatures on the beach, there's lots to see and do in the water and nearby too, including watersports, sailing, swimming, horse riding and diving.

White water and a red canoe

Canoeing and fishing at Watersmeet

Explore this beautiful part of Devon from a new angle - find out more about canoeing and fishing at Watersmeet.

Sailing boats on the Fowey

Fishing, canoeing and sailing

This quiet backwater is a pretty busy place, but don't let that stop you from picking up your rod or paddle.

Two men paddle a National Trust canoe

Dave Halsall - Singing Paddles

Discover the secrets of the Salcombe estuary with David Halsall from Singing Paddles. Book a taster or day trip and explore hidden coves, shipwrecks and a shore teeming with wildlife.

Visitors kayaking on the sea past the Old Harry Rocks, Purbeck Countryside, Dorset

Sport for sceptics: Studland Bay, Dorset 

Come to Studland Bay for swimming, kayaking and other watersports, or hire a bike and explore the Dorset countryside.

Surfing at Poldhu, Helston

Watersports at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove

Give something new a try at Lizard Point and Kynance Cove, there are lots of watersports on offer.

Take a trip around the Jurassic coastline with Exmouth Watersports

Exmouth Watersports

At Exmouth Watersports a large team of highly trained instructors are available to teach paddleboarding, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and more.

Surfers walking towards the sea

Surfing at Holywell and Crantock

Head to one of the National Trust recognised surf schools around Holywell and Crantock and get into the water.