Watersports around Salcombe

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

Salcombe is ideally placed as a centre for watersports. With the calm estuary for more placid pursuits to the fascinating wonders just below the surface on the coast, why don't you try something new on your next visit?

Sailing and boating

The Salcombe estuary is well known for its sailing waters. Learn to sail at one of Salcombe's sailing schools or hire a boat and explore the coast.
  • South Sands Sailing: 01548 843451
  • Salcombe Dinghy Sailing: 01548 511548
  • Salcombe Island Cruising Club: 01548 844300

Take a look at our canoe map (PDF / 1MB) download


Catch the waves surfing or body boarding off the beaches of Hope Cove and Soar Mill Cove. Surf equipment is available to hire from Triocean Surf Centre. Wind surfing is also very popular at Hope Cove. The really adventurous can also try waterskiing/wakeboarding and banana riding with Sea-n-shore at Starehole bay.

Diving and snorkelling

Famed for its shipwrecks, this stretch of coast has plenty for divers and snorkellers to discover. Try Starehole Bay or Soar Mill Cove but please note this area of coastline is not patrolled by lifeguards.
  • Diventure Salcombe: 01548 843663
  • Salcombe Scuba: 01548 843243