Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location

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Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location

Salcombe Watersports is hoping to create and support a whole new generation of water-lovers, explorers and adventurers.

Providing Stand Up Paddleboarding and Sea Kayaking experiences from a beautiful and unique location in East Portlemouth, they are passionate about getting everyone to enjoy being out on the water, irrespective of age or prior experience.

For children, they have two action-packed offerings specifically available: a weekly Kids’ Club, for children in the area throughout the summer, and multi-watersport days for anyone who wants a day’s activity.

The Salcombe Watersports Kids’ Club was launched last summer and has been a great success; aimed at children who can commit to the full summer of sessions, all the kit for SUP or kayaking is provided, along with an instructor for ideas, challenges, and sometimes just someone to push in!

Whether it’s exploring the local area by water, playing games or learning new skills, the sessions are run with fun as the priority, in a very kid-led environment.

Sam Richardson, manager at Salcombe Watersports, said: “These sessions are just about getting kids to really enjoy themselves and get confident and safe on the water. We want to develop a group who love paddling, and arm them with the skills they need to safely share the wonder of watersports with others.”

Their multi-watersport days are aimed at kids who are here for a week or two during the summer and want a day of fun on the water. Running from 10am until 4pm, with each one being different, the only thing that they can guarantee is that your kids will have fun and come home tired!

Sam said: “The multi-watersport days are great for the kids: we start off with some directed sessions to get them confident on the boards or kayaks, and then in the afternoon they can come up with their own ideas of what to do or which games to play.”

“We aim them at kids from the age of 10 or 11 up to 16, and we often see groups of 12 or 13 kids, and they all love it. Last summer a few children booked for every session they were here!”

Salcombe Watersports also runs family lessons and tours, so if you fancy an experience with the whole family, their SUP lessons or Kayaking tours would be ideal. These last two or three hours and are a fabulously fun thing to do whilst on holiday. 

As well as their sessions for kids, Salcombe Watersports also offer a huge range of activities for adults of all ages. Whether it’s taking your first steps into the world of paddleboarding, or tending to a kayaking addiction, Salcombe Watersports can help.

Sam adds, “Taking adults out on the water and giving them the opportunity to try something new is just as rewarding as working with children. The sense of satisfaction an adult feels having mastered a new skill is unparalleled, and seeing happy paddlers out on the water after their first lesson with us is always a lovely sight. For more energetic groups, we can offer the same level of hype as we offer the children, guaranteeing you’ll leave the water laughing and desperate to come back”.

Salcombe Watersports are in a prime location at Port Waterhouse, East Portlemouth. Situated on the opposite side of the water to Salcombe Town, a short ferry ride and ten-minute walk away, it’s always lovely to get away from the Salcombe craziness in favour of somewhere more tranquil. They are lucky enough to have an area where SUP and kayaking can take place in most weathers, because of the location’s sheltered nature.

Sam explained: “Even if there are big winds in the middle of the harbour and everyone else has gone home, we’re really sheltered, and sessions can still take place. Last summer only one day was cancelled, because it was absolutely chucking it down, and the summer before in July it was super windy but we were able to use the natural shelter and we could just keep going.”

The locations that Salcombe Watersports take their tours, exploring creeks as well as the harbour, is one of the more unique reasons to book your session with them.

Sam continued: “We have a different location from the rest of Salcombe and our clients really enjoy that change. We can give them a different perspective and explore new places. Starting from our base, we can either head up the creeks, explore towards Kingsbridge or adventure out towards the mouth of the harbour.”

“Up the creeks has a very Swallows and Amazons feeling, it’s really peaceful and you’re up close with nature. Towards Kingsbridge we can cover some distance and our clients can see the beauty of the area from a new angle.”

“On our longer three-hour tours, we can venture further, going out the harbour and then round to Gara Rock on the left or to Bolt Head on the right. These are more high-octane trips, through and around rocks, invigorating and physical with waves.”

“These are the tours the instructors fight over, they’re so much fun to be a part of.”

Focusing on having memorable experiences, over following a strict syllabus (although they can also provide technical coaching), Salcombe Watersports focuses on maximising time on the water to enjoy yourself, the sport, the water and the area.

“We want our clients to have fun, have a great experience, see the local area and be safe”, Sam explained, “We adapt our sessions to the customers, whether that be a group session, a private group or a one-to-one lesson, and make sure we give people what they want and that they have a great time with us.”

“We are very customer-led and we are happy to have different sessions for different people and different skill and confidence levels, although often people are more competent than they think they are and just need a bit of encouragement. If we’re delivering the same session every time, then we’re doing something wrong!”

Salcombe Watersports have a safety boat available at all times, used both for helping sessions and providing safety cover. It means that a group can paddle up the creek with the wind behind them, but don’t have to have the long slog paddling back and can just catch a lift back to the centre.

Sam notes, “In combination with our unique location, our safety boat allows us to give our customers safe and enjoyable experiences, particularly on those windy days when a long slog back into the wind isn’t very appealing.”

Salcombe Watersports caters to anyone from the ages of 8+ for SUP and from 7-years-old for kayaking, and can provide tours, hires of equipment and lessons. They provide sessions for schools, corporate activity days, stag and hen dos and more.

They can provide SUP boards and sit-on-top kayaks for hire for one, two, four or eight hours, once you can demonstrate you have experience and will be safe, and their staff are always on hand to offer advice and extra information.

All the Salcombe Watersports instructors are fully qualified, insured and first-aid trained. They also all carry VHF radios. All customers are provided with buoyancy aids, with wetsuits, waterproofs and dry bags available too.

With the boom of paddleboarding and watersports over the last few years, it’s more important than ever to respect the water and keep yourself and your family safe. If you’ve just bought or are thinking about buying a paddleboard, please do get in touch with us and we can equip you with the knowledge you need to safely enjoy the fantastic sport of paddleboarding whilst keeping yourself out of harm’s way.

Find out more about Salcombe Watersports by visiting their listing HERE or by calling 01548 844142, 07790 940059 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location
Salcombe Watersports is looking to create a new generation of water explorers in a unique location

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