Backwater Adventures are canoe, bushcraft and campcraft specialists. Operating throughout the South West and based close to the winding Dart river and rolling Dartmoor hills, we provide single and multi-day courses and expeditions to groups of all abilities, from beginner to expert. Our programmes are designed specifically around you, so whether you are a school group, family, celebrating a birthday party or special occasion, we will create the perfect event for you.
As experienced adventure activity instructors, we have always understood the positive effects the outdoors and natural environment has on us all. It also provides the perfect classroom for learning new skills, understanding more about ourselves and the natural world. Our aim is to share our knowledge and enjoyment of the natural environment in a responsible way, through our practical and well respected wilderness courses
Canoe Adventures is based in the of Harberton near Totnes. Explore the real South Devon. Forget tours and timetables, roads and traffic jams, take to the water and instantly you can enjoy miles of tidal rivers and creeks. Working with the tide, travel the river as people did before engines were invented. From the historic waterside towns of Dartmouth and Salcombe to secret creeks where you'll hear only the call of the curlew.
Canoe Adventures offers the unique experience of paddling one of the largest canoes in Europe, taking groups of up to 11 along the tidal waters of the Rivers Dart and Yealm, and the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary.
The rivers we use are all in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Salcombe-Kingsbridge Estuary is a Local Nature Reserve. Explore them under your own power and you'll feel a sense of wonder and achievement, feel refreshed and gently exercised, and know that you've left only ripples as a result of your trip.
Our RYA accredited sea school provides excellent professional training with friendly instructors, for sail training, power boating and motor cruising. All RYA courses for Sail, Motor and Power both practical and theory are available. We can provide training on your own boat or on our sea school boats, a brand new Bavaria 38 Cruising Yacht, a 7.8m and 4.8m Ribcraft ribs, or on our Fairline Phantom 40' fly bridge motor cruiser, the choice is yours.
For those wanting to try out any of these fantastic sports, you can try our "Toe In The Water" days, Skippered Sailing Day Charter, Rib Rides or Rib Charter, Daily Motorboat Charter, treat these as Taster Days. Devon Sailing at it's best.
We also offer Sailing Charter, Motor Cruising Charter and Rib Charter visit our charter website
Dartmouth Boat Hire is open all year round for Skippered Day Charters on our Luxurious 40' Sailing Boats and 40' Motor Boats and our Powerboat a 6.5m Rib.
The Self Drive Boats are available for hire from the 1st April, but it is best to book to save disappiontment. Whether you would like one of our boats for the day, hour or week, we have a boat that will suit your needs. (cabin and open boats) all powered by mariner outboard engines. Our boats are licensed to carry either 4, 6, 7, 8, or 10, people.
Explore the enchanting river dart from Dartmouth Castle right up to Totnes. Villages to visit include Dittisham/Stoke Gabriel/Tuckenhay/Kingswear/Galmpton, and Totnes.
Boat Hire - Be skipper for the day and take one of our river boats for a leisurely day up the river Dart. Take a picnic or stop at a pub, visit the lovely village of Dittisham, crab from the pontoon or lunch in the Anchorstone cafe or the Ferry Boat Inn. These 16ft boats are licensed to take up to 6 people, but are very comfortable as a 2-person boat, particularly if you are taking the boat for more than a few hours. This boat has a little cuddy on the front, so is good for poor weather, and if you have young children. It is steered by a traditional steering wheel, for ease of use, and is powered by a 6hp Mariner outboard engine.
We also have a range of luxury boats which are available for charter, by the half day or full day. Whether you are arranging a family celebration and want a fully catered trip, or so more informal, we are happy to help
Discovery Surf School - Bigbury-on-Sea
Discovery Surf School provides professional coaching for all ages and levels, from absolute beginners to experienced surfers. With an emphasis on quality coaching in small groups, to provide plenty of tuition, also specialising in on-going coaching to improve quickly. All equipment is supplied, we have a wide range of surfboards including beginner boards (soft and buoyant), and intermediate boards (soft top and mini-mals) and smaller kids boards. An extensive range of wetsuits for summer, winter, men, women and kids.
Discovery Surf School coaches are all highly experinced BSA surf coaches, first aiders, beach lifeguards and very experinced with local surf/beaches.
Surf Lessons/courses are in groups with other pupils of the same level. The maximun ratio of coaches to pupils in the water is 1 to 6. School/youth groups 1 to 8 max.
Dittisham Sailing School - Manor Street, Dittisham, Nr Dartmouth TQ6 0EX 01803 722365
Dittisham Sailing School offers you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the river Dart. A variety of motor and sailing boats, sailing tuition with RYA qualified instructors.
Whether it´s your first time out on the water or you are looking to improve your skills, this two day course will help you progress quickly through the techniques required, and people tend to learn quicker when sailing Catamarans. This is a fantastic way of sailing and with a maximum of two people to one instructor you are bound to progress quickly and enjoy every minute of this course.
Age 18+, all year round
Anne Clare - Torquay - Blythe 33 catamaran powered by twin 330hp Iveco Nef turbo diesels MCA 60 Mile Licence. All Year 24 Hours. 10 passengers plus 2 crew
Becca-Marie - Paignton - Wreck fishing trips for Cod, Pollock, Ling, Conger, Bass, Free tea coffee, Oven for warming pies pastries etc, Full boat charter for up to 10 people
Charlotte Louise - Paignton - She is a Husty 33 purpose built in 1989 by Paul Armstrong in the Isle of Sheppey
Dartmouth Charters - "SAMUEL IRVIN 3" - Blyth 33 Catamaran - Covering , South Devon, South Cornwall and the Channel Islands. Picking up at Dartmouth, Kingswear and by arrangement at Torbay, Salcombe and Plymouth.
Gemini Fishing, Dartmouth - "Gemini" fully licenced and insured to 60 miles. Wreck, Reef, Skerries, Conger, Pollack & Bass
Kelly'Hero, Brixham 'Kelly's Hero' a 335 HP Cummins powered 'Lochin 33'. Fitted out with a WC and onboard galley, tea and coffee supplied as and when required, with an over for warming up food. Trip length 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours licensed for 10 passengers. + 2 Crew.
Outlaw Charters, Dartmouth -"Outlaw" was delivered in 2007 is coded for 60 miles from safe haven for 12 passengers + 2 crew
OUR Joe-L, Paignton Fishing out of Paignton, Devon we have access to a wide variety of wrecks for Pollock, Cod, Ling, Bass and Conger and reefs for Conger, Bass, Whiting and Dogfish. Also the Skerries Banks for Plaice, Dabs, Ray and just maybe a Turbot. As well as all of these we also catch Gurnard, Wrasse and various types of Bream.
Phoenix Charters, Salcombe - provides sea fishing out of Salcombe, South Devon, for bass, cod, pollock, ray, sole, plaice, shark, conger eel, mackeral and other species.
Salcombe Angling- "Anglo Dawn III" is our charter vessel, an Evolution 38 launced in 2008 for Reef Charters, Bank Fishing, Wrecking, Shark Fishing or Mackerel Trips
Silver Sea - Paignton - Silver Sea Cruises, based in Paignton offers channel wreck fishing, pleasure cruises and party cruises.
The African Queen, Dartmouth - Owned and run by husband and wife team, Alan & Hilary Hemsley, both qualified, experienced skippers with over 20 years experience fishing out of Dartmouth. The African Queen offers a variety of trips, ranging from 2 hour evening trips, half days, all day to weekly charters. Try an evening picnic party or a half day fishing trip, or you may choose to stay aboard in the African Queens homely accommodation and have a cruise along the coast for a few days. Catch a Mackerel or catch a Shark, see a Dolphin, Seal or a Basking shark, the possibilities are endless.
ICC Salcombe is an RYA Sail Training Centre and Members Sailing Club. Based on ex-Mersey Ferry ‘Egremont’ in the stunning Salcombe Estuary, running a full range of RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses and RYA Practical Cruising Courses. We also run the RYA Dinghy Instructors Course, Powerboat & First Aid, plus the RYA Shorebased Cruising Theory courses.
The ICC has been in operation for over 50 years and has taught literally thousands of children and adults to sail. We offer sailing for children from aged 5 years and there is no upper age limit! We have an extensive fleet of boats, from small children’s training dinghies, up to larger keelboats and a 37ft cruising yacht. Accommodation is available onboard Egremont and residents can enjoy three meals a day in our galley. Children, adults, families and groups are welcome, with group discount available outside of July and August.
The ICC is a members club, with an open membership - anyone can join. Members can hire boats at £15 per person, per half day. Private Tuition can also be arranged. For new members booking sailing courses for the first time, ICC will include your first years’ membership within your sailing charges. All bookings are taken over the telephone 01548 531176 but we have an informative website www.icc-salcombe.co.uk for information on courses, dates, prices, our location and the history of Egremont.
Learn To Sea is an award winning marine education facility in South Devon, recently featured on BBC televisions Springwatch 2009. Our coast is such an amazing resource which we must treasure and enjoy! Learn To Sea offers the opportunity to do just that! Through engaging rockpool sessions, beach activities and play, school children are taught curriculum focused subjects and marine conservation at South Milton Sand’s “sea school”. During the Summer holidays, we also offer the same opportunities for children from 4 years old who would like to find out more about Devon’s beaches at Summer Sea School.
Learn To Sea will:
Experience the beauty of Stand up Paddleboarding, windsurfing, kayaking at Blackpool Sands Beach near Dartmouth with the help of Lushwind.
Stand up Paddleboarding is the fastest growing watersport and here at Lushwind we are leading the way in providing instruction by BSUPA qualified instructors. We also run extensive half day trips around Blackpool Sands and Bigbury on Sea as well as along all the South Hams amazing rivers and estuaries.
Lushwind is an RYA recognised training centre that can not only help you “Start Windsurfing” but can take you up to a level so that you can be skimming across the water hooked in to a harness using the full force of the wind to go at controlled high speeds.
Enjoy the freedom of kayaking on Lushwind range of single, double and triple kayaks for hire by the hour. It is an amazing way to view the bay and the beach while taking some leisurely exercise.
Marshall's Sailing School - River Dart
Marshall's Sailing School is a small family business with many years sailing and teaching experience. Kate, Jessica and Arthur are all RYA Senior Instructors. We offer expert tuition for all abilities; from complete beginners to experienced racers, ages 7 to 70. We are based at the Sailing Club in the picturesque village of Dittisham on the River Dart in Devon. The river is at its widest here and offers a sheltered sailing area surrounded by oak clad banks with shingle beaches. The School's lessons have recently been featured on CBBC's 'Best of Friends'
Hire - We have some lovely traditionally rigged sailing boats suitable for family picnics and adventures on the River Dart. From Dittisham there are over 10 miles of navigable river and creeks, up to Totnes or right down to the sea at Dartmouth Castle. The river is a safe and beautiful stretch of water, ideal for picnics and pottering. All our hire boats are easy to handle and those with some boating skills will need only a short introductory briefing. If you have no boating experience we are happy to offer tuition. Boats are fully equipped with oars, engines, buoyancy aids, safety gear and fuel.
Boats are available to hire for a few hours, days or weeks. Our boats are kept at the Sailing Club boat park at Dittisham, and we may be able to arrange a mooring at your holiday cottage on the Dart
Newbarn Farm, Cottages and Angling Centre, Totnes Road, Collaton St Mary, Paignton TQ4 7PT
Pleasurable, rewarding angling for beginners and experts. Our lakes and ponds, set in the peaceful surroundings of the beautiful Dart Valley, offer some of the most rewarding and pleasant angling in the country. Whether you’re a beginner, pleasure, or specimen angler, we’re pleased to welcome you. You’ll find expert advice and rental equipment at our Angling Centre – if you need tuition, all you have to do is ask. The shop also sells bait, tackle essentials, and laminated photographs of your catch!
Site Facilities: Shop – food, bait, tackle, tackle hire, tuition; Lake side Parking; Fishing shelters beside Mirror Lake and Willow Lake; Toilets - Gents & Ladies; Disabled access (limited – booking permitted)
Round Robin - All aboard the award winning highlight of your holiday! View a stunning stretch of coastline and countryside from Paignton to Kingswear on-board a steam train, cross from Kingswear to Dartmouth on the foot passenger ferry and then discover Devon’s most secret landscapes on a mellow cruise up-river to Totnes; then back to Paignton in time for tea on an *open-top bus*!
Your Round Robin ticket gives you all day travel, with the freedom to start your journey from Paignton, Dartmouth or Totnes and the flexibility to spend as long as you wish in the towns of your choice, depending on the day's tide times of course!
Boat Train - A day excursion with Paignton & Dartmouth Railway and RiverLink. Travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, then cross on the passenger ferry to explore Dartmouth before taking a circular harbour cruise around the river and estuary.
Sit back and enjoy the trip as you pass the historic places and unsurpassed scenery, then catch the passenger ferry to Kingswear for your return train ride to Paignton.
Totnes - Dartmouth River Cruise Approx 75 minutes each way - enjoy the beautiful River Dart - 01803 555872
Tamar cruising & Plymouth Hoe cruises - Daily one hour scenic and naval harbour cruises
Fish ‘N’ Trips - 3hr General Fishing Trips, 4hr Deep Sea Fishing
Cawsand Ferry - Scheduled daily crossings between Plymouth’s Barbican and the spectacular Cornish beaches and villages of Cawsand and Kingsand. This exciting half hour sailing is the ideal way of visiting a beautiful part of Cornwall or going sight-seeing and shopping in and around Plymouth.
Salcombe Dinghy Sailing operates from Whitestrand in the centre of Salcombe and offer Wayfarers, Laser Picos, Drascombe Lugger, Laser Radial and Optimists which are on moorings nearby. You can hire one of our boats if you have suitable experience or we can offer high quality professional sailing tuition. Whichever you choose you can expect excellent boats and a high level of personal service.
Our emphasis is on flexibility, so that you can book for as long as you like. The starting point for many people wishing to learn is one of our popular, one and a half hour sailing sessions.
The Salcombe Estuary offers outstanding scenery. There are beautiful sandy beaches within the harbour and safe sheltered sailing conditions. The tidal creeks offer excellent exploration opportunities. There are waterside pubs and cafes and delightful places to anchor for a picnic lunch. It’s hard to imagine a more perfect area in which to sail.
Open - 7 days - Easter to end of October, Self-Drive 12ft-16ft fibreglass boats. Our boats can be hired for one hour, four hours, daily or weekly
You can explore the sheltered scenic Salcombe waters in your ownself-drive hire boat. We supply 12-16ft fibreglass boats with steering wheels. Lifejackets, (dog lifejackets), a chart of the estuary and full instructions are all supplied to make your hire as easy and enjoyable as possible.
Spend the day at the beach or go fishing (fishing rods available for hire). Visit the local pubs at Kingsbridge and Southpool at the high tides or enjoy exploring the beautiful estuary and creeks, with their local resident seals.
"Kirby" Estuary Cruises Daily - Hourly from 11am - Welcome aboard 'Kirby', our one-hour guided estuary cruiser. Explore the beautiful scenic estuary with its surrounding hillside and golden beaches. There is an abundance of bird life with seals and dolphins spotted regularly. You can charter 'Kirby' for your own private cruise.
RYA Powerboat Training Centre for all ages and abilities, including Ribs4kids from age 8.
Rib Rides and Taster Sessions - If you're looking for a fun time and a completely unforgettable Experience for you or a group of friends or colleagues... then look no further than Salcombe Powerboat School. Against the stunning backdrop of Salcombe's harbour and coastline, we run a full range of Rib Rides and Taster Sessions.
Salcombe Rib Charter are the professionals in skippered rib charter, bareboat rib hire, motor cruiser charter, boat hire in Salcombe Harbour. Our fleet of new 7m MCA Coded Ribs are fun, quick, safe, comprehensively insured and always perfectly presented. Equipped to the highest possible standards, our boats offer seating for 12 people, all the latest electronics, full safety equipment and a choice of either a single 225hp or twin 90hp Honda engines. These new 4 stroke engines offer breathtaking performance, low noise and exceptional fuel economy.
Our fleet of quality flybridge motorcruisers includes a brand new Jeanneau Prestige 32, a classic Hagg 36 and a Humber 40. Whatever you require one Rib for a half day charter or three Ribs for a weeks Rib hire, we are reasonably priced and always highly professional.
Salcombe Sea N Shore is not only an RYA training Centre. It also has water skiing, wakeboarding and fun on inflatables like banana boats and ringos. Ali Turner-Jones is a fully qualified and insured instructor and has a great team around her that offer an all round Sea School and Water sports Centre.
Sea N Shore now offer powerboat rides, family day activities, hen and stag parties, large corporate to small business event and activity days, business reward days, water ski ing fun and tuition, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, windsurfing, fully catered champagne picnic lunches delivered and served on private beaches, exclusive bespoke occasion hampers delivered to your boat in the harbour. There are also guided coastal walks, bespoke treasure hunts and games organised on and off the water. Experience sailing days on a beautiful yacht. Bad weather alternatives are always available and are a key element to why Sea N Shore has become so successful. They have just taken delivery of a brand new coded rib that is ideal for all activities
Singing Paddles Kingsbridge
Canoeing in the South Hams, sessions are 2 hours, half day or full day, Learn paddling skills
Single Kayak, Double and Triple Kayaks & Standup Paddleboard for rental - see website for details, for longer rentals we deliver and collect, otherwise they can be picked up at West Buckland near Kingsbridge.
Splashdown@Quaywest - SLIDE INTO THE GREAT OUTDOORS THIS SUMMER WITH A VISIT TO DEVON’S WETTEST WILDEST DAY OUT
We're a great family, fun attraction whether you want the full on rush of our exciting drop slides and flume rides, the carefree fun of tube rides or just a splash in the pool and laze in the sun, we’ve got something for everyone. We have extensively updated the attraction over the winter and we are determined to make this park succeed as one of the most popular family attractions in the South West. As well as all the fun rides we have delicious ice-cream, tasty burgers, pasties and pies, drinks and treats and at Sunrise Beach and Snack Store, just next door, has everything you could possibly need. Open 10am - 6pm
The Ultimate Boat Charter - Trawler Catamaran and Sunseeker Superhawk Full Day Package
This is a very special boat charter package combining the Lady Kristiana Trawler Power Catamaran and Surf's Up, a Sunseeker Superhawk 40 as used in the James Bond films! You and your guests will spend time relaxing aboard the spacious and stable Lady Kristiana Catamaran being pampered with excellent food and service, having the opportunity to experience the sheer power and thrill of a trip on the 45 knot Sunseeker Superhawk. Your ultimate boat charter package begins in Torquay marina with a champagne reception on board Lady Kristiana when guests will have plenty of time to tour both the Power Catamaran and the Superhawk. Four guests will then have the opportunity to depart aboard Surf's Up with the rest of the party leaving aboard Lady Kristiana.
Both boats will then depart the marina for your chosen charter itinerary which could include depending on weather, picturesque Dartmouth, the Historic port of Brixham, a secluded anchorage, the famous Blackpool Sands or just cruising the English Riviera. This unique combination of spacious seating areas, wide safe decks, a fast stable ride and 1st class on-board catering on Lady Kristiana together with the opportunity of experiencing a James Bond style ride on the Sunseeker will ensure that all our guests have a truly memorable day.
Vigilance is a restored 78 foot heritage sailing ketch based in Brixham. She is ideal for corporate or private charter, either locally in Devon or to France, the Channel Islands or the West Country. Alternatively, why not enjoy the experience of sailing a classic yacht on one of our local morning, afternoon or evening trips around this lovely part of Devon. Individuals or small groups are welcome on any of our regular sailings. The sailing programme is designed to take maximum advantage of local and regional events such as regattas, firework displays and especially heritage boat meetings.
SUNDAY SAILINGS. Vigilance usually sails locally on a Sunday. These are usually 10 am till 1 pm and cost £20 per person or £50 for a family of two adults with up to three children.
EVENING SAILINGS. Vigilance usually sails locally from May to September for 3 hours on one or more midweek evenings. The cost is £20 or £50 for a family of two adults with up to three children. The sailings usually start at 1700 (August) and 1600 (September).
Waves Leisure Pool, Torquay
Indoor family fun whatever the weather! Waves Leisure Swimming Pool is open every day and under 5’s swim for free. With sloping entry into the pool, even the youngest children can enjoy the water and never feel out of their depth. All can enjoy the wave machine in this warm indoor leisure pool every half an hour. For competent swimmers over 5 (and mums and dads too!) the flume adds that extra excitement to your visit. Friday nights and Sunday afternoons are ‘Fun Sessions’ in Waves Leisure Pool, complete with a giant water inflatable dinosaur and toys for the children. Price includes a Child’s Meal in Neptune’s Galley afterwards and parents swim for FREE on Friday nights.
To satisfy your appetite after swimming there is a handy cafe; Neptune's Galley, offering a variety of tasty snacks & treats or the Bay Brasserie with a more extensive menu and also a licensed bar. For further information 01803 299 992
Wet Feet Kayaks, Dartmouth
Dartmouth is the perfect place to go kayaking, take along a picnic and you can spend a few hours, or even the whole day, exploring the River Dart, with its Smuggler's Caves, Hidden Coves, Lagoons and Beaches.
One of the UK's fastest growing sports, kayaking is fun, relaxing, exciting and best of all its good exercise!
So now you don't have to just to sit on the Embankment watching the fun taking place on the water, YOU can be part of it!!
Wet Feet is extending its range of activities to start in March 2011, these will include bike hire, rib riding, paddle boarding, dinghy sailing and guided rambles...
Two-hour mackerel fishing trips on Calypso, our skippered fishing boat, are ideal for families. Maximum 10 passengers (and minumum is 4 people). £15 per adult, £10 per child under 16, under 1's go free. Price includes rod hire. Advanced booking is advisable. Trips run up to four times a day, from May to September. NB All trips are weather-dependent and the skipper's decision is final.
NEW FOR 2010: Marine biology trips on board Calypso - see the estuary through the eyes of a marine biologist and learn about what lives beneath the waves.We are also now WISE wildlife tour accredited, which means when Calypso sees basking sharks, sunfish or even dolphins, we know how to behave around them and how to minimise disturbance to local wildlife.
Rib rides available during the summer season June to September - for a blast outside of the estuary where there are no speed limits, with our experienced powerboat skipper on our fully coded Cobra rib. Longer rib charters can encompass a trip along the coast to Newton Ferrers or Dartmouth, for example. Advanced booking is essential.
Cuddy boat, Fishercraft, Jeanneau Cap, Eurosport Dory, Kruger DZeta, rowing boats and Jeanneau all for hire by the hour, 1/2 day, day or week.
Yawl Hire & Tuition, Salcombe
Learn to sail a traditional wooden Salcombe Yawl & explore the beautiful Salcombe Estuary in the company of a local fisherman and yawl sailor.
Hire by the day or by the week, including outboard & dinghy, morring & safety gear. Tuition by the half day. Finish with a race on Saturday. call 01548 561619 or 07966 840436
Yeoward and Dowie, Salcombe
We hire small boats for use in the Salcombe estuary. We have re-equipped the fleet with Terhi Nordic open boats with a choice of engines and controls. These provide customers with reliable craft which are ideal for Salcombe. The fleet is run from the end of our own private pontoon and boats are cleaned for the beginning of each day.
RIB CHARTER - we have two fully equipped Ribeye 600 A series boats with Yamaha F100 engines available for charter by the day or week. Please contact the office for more details.
We hire by the hour, the half-day (4 hours), day and by the week.
Exmouth, Devon. Exmouth hosts some incredible kitesurfing. This is our base and we get to teach in arguably some the best kitesurfing conditions in the UK. Here we have the ability to teach in any state of the tide in any wind direction in knee to chest deep water.
TASTER LESSON - Come and fly a kite and see if it’s for you. We will provide you with the instruction and kit giving you an idea of what the sport is all about. The lesson is based on a 2 hour session and aims to get you flying a kite immediately. It’s a nice introduction kite surfing and from here you will be able to decide whether or not you want get involved with the fastest growing water sport in the world.