Water Activities

Water Activities

As you might expect from such a renowned coastal area there are a lot of water activities. But perhaps surprising is that a lot of the water activities take place on some of the large local lakes and in the estuaries. And North Cornwall’s rugged coast particularly lends itself to surfing of all kinds.

Surfing

  • Surf’s Up Surf School (Polzeath) – courses from complete novice through to national competitor. New for this year – the Youth Development Programme and Video analysis at their new training facility.
  • Padstow Surf School – year round courses, surf instructing to all levels and abilities. We teach all ages, from kids to adults; private lessons, family or group lessons are all available. Based at beautiful Harlyn Bay, near St Merryn, we also surf at Constantine, Treyarnon, Boobies or Porthcothan, depending on surf conditions.
  • Harlyn Surf School – surfing lessons are our speciality but we also offer stand up paddleboarding, coasteering and kayaking, something for all the family.
  • Raven Surf School (Bude) – learn to surf with former British, English and European surfing champion Mike Raven and his team of professional surf coaches. Surfing school for beginners to advanced surfers of all ages.
  • Big Blue Surf School (Bude) – in 10 years we have safely and successfully introduced almost 30,000 men, women and children to our wonderful sport. As long as you are over 8 years old, are reasonably fit and can swim 50 metres we can teach you to surf.
  • Waves Surf School (Padstow) – whatever level of coaching you require, from a beginners taster session to advanced competition techniques and video analysis, Waves has the perfect coaching session for you!
  • MFD Surf School (Constantine Bay) – a mobile Surf School at Constantine Bay near St Merryn providing surfing lessons at some of North Cornwall’s finest beaches including Treyarnon, Porthcothan, Constantine, Boobies and Harlyn Bays as well as Newquay beaches such as Fistral and Towan.

Sea Sailing

  • Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club – friendly, family club open all year round with a full programme of onshore and offshore events.
  • Camel Sailing School – teach your family to sail on the beautiful River Camel Estuary – at Rock, a sailor’s haven with crystal clear waters and safe sandy beaches. Wide range of boats including Laser Picos (youngsters learning), RS Fevas (first racing dinghies favoured by teenagers), classic Wayfarer dinghies, exhilarating Hobie Catamarans and high performance racers like the Laser 2 and Laser 2000, and finally a large and very stable Drascombe Lugger, a six person heritage keelboat with brown sails perfect for a quiet fishing trip around the estuary or a family picnic on a trip up the River Camel.

Lake Sailing

  • Upper Tamar Lakes – located just inland from Bude; a fun, relaxed atmosphere to learn a new sport or hire a range of equipment from pedaloes and rowing boats to windsurfers and dinghies.
  • Siblyback Lake – The lake is located on Bodmin Moor, approximately half way between the A30 and the A38. Windsurfing, sailing (maximum size 18-ft), kayaking, wakeboarding, cycling and climbing.
  • Siblyback Lake – The lake is located on Bodmin Moor, approximately half way between the A30 and the A38. Windsurfing, sailing (maximum size 18-ft), kayaking, wakeboarding, cycling and climbing.

Water Skiing

  • Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club – friendly, family club open all year round with a full programme of onshore and offshore events.
  • Camel Ski School – waterskiing, wakeboarding, water sled, ringos, paddle boarding, kite surfing, and wakesurfing!

Diving

The diving off the North Coast can be spectacular, with depths of 82ft (25m) generally available only half a mile offshore. Apparently there are approximately a thousand recorded shipwrecks offshore lying within 5 miles of the coast.