Watersports in Cornwall

Cornwall isn't just surfing.  Name a watersport and we'll have it!


A fantastic way to explore Cornwall's coastline, lakes and estuaries.  Get up close to fantastic wildlife like dolphins, seals and birds. Try one of the following for a taste of canoeing or sea kayaking...


An exhilarating adventure activity incorporating swimming, jumping from rocks, climbing and exploring caves. See Cornwall from a completely different point of view!

Based only a stone’s throw from Fistral Beach in Newquay, the award winning Newquay Activity Centre is open all year round and offers the very best in water sports activities. Learn to surf or bodyboard on Cornwall’s fantastic beaches or try coasteering for a thrill-seeking buzz you won’t forget. We offer daily sessions and weekend camps for anyone wanting to take their lessons further!

Voted number 1 on Trip Advisor and recent Cornwall Tourism Award winners, the Newquay Activity Centre caters for all ages and abilities including families, couples, individuals, military as well as stag and hen parties. Our experienced Surf GB qualified instructors and lifeguards will insure you have an amazing time in the safest possible way whilst providing expert tuition and guidance. Call our friendly team today to book a lesson or activity package.



For a truly unforgettable experience why not try diving off the Cornish coast?  With incredible wildlife to see including dolphins and basking sharks and innumerable wrecks to explore, Cornwall is surely a diver's paradise.

Body boarding

Love riding waves but can't surf? Bodyboarding lets you experience face-to-face contact with all these wonderful waves.

Jet skiing

Add a little power and speed to your exploration of the Cornish coast!

Kite surfing

An adrenaline filled combination of windsurfing, wakeboarding, paragliding, surfing and gymnastics all rolled into one.


Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world and Cornwall is one of the top destinations to give it a go!  Literally standing up and paddling on a surf board it is a great way to see the coast.  


What better way to spend a warm summer's day than out on the water sailing?  And what better place to do it than Cornwall?


For a really exhilarating watersport give waterskiing or wakeboarding a go.  


Let the wind do the work.  Cornwall is rarely without a breeze and with estuaries for beginners and miles of surf-soaked coastline for the more adventurous what better place to have a go. 

Remember, you can receive a discount at many of the above with the Cornish Horizons Holiday Extras.

There a plenty more types of watersports available to try in the South West.  Contact one of the companies above and maybe they'll have something a bit different for you to have a go at.


Watersports Holidays

Challenge yourself with some watersports in Cornwall

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Surf Hire

You can hire a surfboard whether you're a beginner or at intermediate level

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Surfing in Cornwall

Give surfing a go in Cornwall!

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Surf Reports

Make sure you have a look at the surf reports!

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Tide Tables

Have a look online at the tide tables

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Cornwall Beach Guide

The beach guide gives the best advice about Cornish beaches

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