Amazing water sports around Cornwall

Adult language students enjoying a SUP adventure around St Michael's Mount
Adult language students enjoying a SUP adventure around St Michael's Mount

Probably the best place in the world for a watersports holiday!

Junior surf lesson in Cornwall

I know we are blowing our own trumpet and we are undoubtedly completely biased!


Please show me somewhere in the world that can beat Cornwall for its range of coastal locations for different types of watersports?!

There is nowhere better to come and enjoy a watersports holiday full of variety and fun. We have our wonderful north coast, facing the Atlantic Ocean with headlands and bays pointing in different directions to ensure there are nearly always some surfable waves somewhere. 

As you travel along this coastline, you find stretches with cliffs towering 200 feet from the beach up to fields above where you can gaze out and wonder at the distant lands out there beyond the horizon.

Then, there are the glorious sandy beaches, some 5km long that are just perfect for meditative walks…

…or even horse riding!

(For those who dream of galloping along a deserted beach at low tide early in the morning, click here for a beautiful horse riding video on Perranporth beach.)

All along this coastline, we have developed partnerships with local companies who we know and trust to provide a fantastic day out for our students.

At Watergate Bay, we work with Westcountry Surf School. Here, you can literally get off the plane at Newquay and be surfing in the sea within 15 minutes of your arrival! 

Then in Newquay – the UK’s capital of surfing – there is Fistral Beach Surf School who have provided many great afternoons of surfing for our students on Cornwall’s most famous surfing beach.

Just around the corner is the Big Green Surf School who can offer both surfing and paddleboarding on the beautiful Crantock beach and the Gannel estuary depending on the conditions.

Summer school students enjoying a SUP lesson at Swanpool beach, Falmouth

One of our main go-to locations is St Ives bay with Godrevy beach at one end and the beautiful picturesque town of St Ives at the other.

At Godrevy, we have one our favourite partners – Shore Surf – who provide surfing lessons along the beach at Godrevy and Gwithian. Then, right in the centre of St Ives, is St Ives Surf School where students can enjoy an afternoon surfing alongside visiting the Tate Art Gallery and the town of St Ives.

Surf lesson in Gwithian with group of summer school students

As you get closer to Land’s End – the UK’s most westerly point, the cliffs are at their most dramatic – on a clear day you can actually see the Isles of Scilly in the distance. 

Here there are special hidden beaches like Nanjizal, with its famous Song of the Sea cave, where you can bathe in crystal clear waters!

OK, we know the water is chilly 🙂 But once you relax your mind to accept the cold water, you will understand its special healing & cleansing power!

Keep going a few miles around this spectacular coastline and you reach the magical Minack Theatre – while we digress slightly from watersports – it is nonetheless part of one of our beach days out.

From Porthcurno onwards, we are now on the south coast of Cornwall. The beaches along this part of the coastline are far more sheltered, but no less spectacular. From Penzance with St Michael’s Mount in the bay to Kynance Cove – Cornwall’s most photographed beach for magazine covers and Instagram posts – these beaches are wonderful for sea swimming, paddleboarding and sailing. On a calm day, there is nothing better than paddleboarding around St Michael’s Mount with Ocean High, our partner watersports school in Marazion. 

Further along the south coast, Falmouth is the main town and harbour. With a long and illustrious maritime history, it is home to one of our summer school centres on the Falmouth University campus. It is such a great location both on and off the water. The vibrant town centre is home to the National Maritime Museum where you can learn about the rich maritime history of this region. 

This stretch of water has been the training ground for many British Olympic champions for rowing and sailing. Carrick Roads, the river estuary that leads from Falmouth to Truro is renowned as one of the world’s best places for sailing with perfect conditions for enjoying days on the water.

Sunset photo of St Michael's Mount with reflections on the water
Beautiful summer's day looking down on Kynance Cove
Falmouth bay and Carrick Roads
School group jumping in the sea at Swanpool - coasteering adventure

From their base on Swanpool beach near Falmouth, they offer brilliant afternoons on the water with their amazing team of staff.

Whether it’s paddleboarding or coasteering their team are inspiring at giving students the confidence to try new things on the water in a safe, engaging way.

And this is the key to all our watersports activities: safe & fun! 

We want to help develop the confidence and skills of our students through trying new things in a safe and fun way.

We have carefully chosen all the partners we work with to ensure their staff provide this high quality service. 

All our watersports partners are fully insured and they provide the highest quality equipment for the sports the students will enjoy. We take our time to understand any additional needs our students have, so we do not put anyone in a situation where they do not feel comfortable. 

Family summer programme - surf lesson at Gwithian beach

While all of these watersports are on the open sea all around Cornwall, there is one more amazing provider of watersports in Cornwall that we use and that is Kernow Adventure Park!

Situated in an old quarry a few miles inland from Falmouth, there is an amazing lake full of inflatables that students love to climb up and jump off.

We hope you’re amazed and excited about all the watersports on offer here in Cornwall! We’ve only scratched the surface of what is available in the region. There is sailing galore, gig rowing, kite surfing, foil and windsurfing, to name just a few.

Make Cornwall the destination for your next watersports holiday 🙂

  • Teenage students relaxing on inflatables in the waterpark
  • Teenage students jumping off inflatables in Kernow waterpark
  • Summer School students climbing up inflatables in Kernow waterpark

One thought on “Amazing water sports around Cornwall

  1. I really like what your wrote and look forward to seeing more.
    Cornwall is a very scenic and diverse coastline with many different types of watersports available. North Cornwall has cliffs, beaches, and waves that are perfect for surfing and paddleboarding. South Cornwall has more sheltered coasts with more beautiful beaches. There is also Elemental UK watersports in Falmouth that provide excellent afternoons on the water. Kernow Adventure Park is an amazing location for watersports and has an old quarry that provides excellent climbs and jumps.
    I think I got the main points, did I miss any?

    Thank you
    Juan Miller –

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