Get ready to be challenged by, inspired by and, moreover, fully addicted to some of the top watersports in Padstow.
Adrenaline junkie, keen beginner or contented sun-bather, Padstow and its surrounding coastline is a mecca for a multitude of excellent water-based activities. From the rush of powering through deep green barrels to the transcendent calm of gliding across glassy seas in a kayak, there is truly something for all interests, ages and abilities.
One of the most scenic in all of Cornwall, there are a number of boat trips leaving from Padstow’s working harbour. Operating daily throughout the summer and into the shoulder seasons too, you can jump aboard Padstow Sealife Safaris, the Emma Kate, the Jubilee Queen or Supreme Charters for guided fishing trips, sightseeing tours and even private hire. As you go, keep on the lookout for the magnificent local wildlife, including seals, dolphins, seabirds and even basking sharks and whales too.
Whether you are standing proud and nimble atop a stand-up paddleboard or rushing to catch your next ‘best wave’ on a 5ft-nothing surfboard, the beaches around Padstow will provide. One of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches, Constantine is a mecca for experienced surfers, while neighbouring Harlyn Bay is particularly good for beginners too. For extra lessons or board hire for both surfing and SUP, get in touch with Harlyn Surf School.
One of the most immersive watersports, diving is a fantastic way to venture below the waves and discover magical worlds of darting fish, floating sea grasses and colourful anemones. Offering a range of guided dives and technical courses near Padstow, Harlyn Dive School provides a unique chance to see life on the flipside of the waves for both experienced divers and those just finding their fins.
For kayaking in Padstow, Vertical Descents takes kayakers up and around Padstow’s estuary. Take a gentle paddle up the river or down the estuary, accompanied by an expert guide, and experience a different pace of life. Sharing the raw beauty of the North Cornish coast, Vertical Descents have both single and two-person kayaks, suitable for scenic wildlife cruises or wave riding.
Whether you have a sailing boat of your own and are looking to join up with the local sailing club, Padstow Sailing Club, or are looking for educational instruction, sailing is one of the best watersports near Padstow. If your skills are in need of some polishing, Camel Sailing and Powerboat Centre are based within the Camel Estuary, and with over 30 years’ experience, provide excellent one-to-one and group tuition with a personal touch.
One of the best ways to enjoy Padstow’s coast is by simply donning a mask, snorkel and flippers and having a snorkel around one of the many bays. Wetsuit clad and ready to go, you can effortlessly glide through the water and look out for all manner of fish and sea creatures who call this stretch of coast home.
Boasting over a dozen beaches all in easy reach of Padstow, swimmers can take their pick of scenic spots to go for a leisurely bathe or energetic swim. From St George’s Cove, Padstow’s closest beach, to the beautiful Treyarnon Bay to the sweeping Daymer Bay and more, you can don your cossie and look forward to a revitalising plunge in crystal waters. If you are visiting with your dog, then there are year-round dog-friendly options too, so your four-legged friend can paddle his paws whenever he pleases!
Around 5 miles from Padstow, Hawker’s Cove is quite possibly the best place to go for windsurfing or kitesurfing. Grab your gear when the wind picks up and head over to this cove at the mouth of the River Camel. Though you can ride at any level of tide, mid-tide provides the best conditions. Enjoy.