The south Hams offers a range of water sports, Salcombe and Dartmouth are best known for their safe harbours for yachts however the area offers a lot more! Including wild swimming, wind surfing, water skiing & wake boarding, fishing, caneos & kayaks, surfing and SUP.

Canoeing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Kayak

There is an excellent choice of places for climbing into a tiny boat, both the Kingsbridge and Dart esturies and of course straight off the beach.
Singing Paddles, great for all ages and abilities, tours of the estuary, a highlight is the hot sausage tours, sometimes goes on Slapton Ley too: 0775 442 6633
Canoe Adventures, Tuckenhay, for all ages and abilities, why not try guided 12-seat Voyager canoeing offering you excellent fun on the wonderful River Dart in South Devon year round. 01803 865301
Totnes Kayaks & Canoe hire: 07799 403788
Water Born Stand Up Paddle Boarding based at the Crabshell Inn, offers lessons and hire on the estuary. Kingsbridge: 07835 157 635.
Salcombe Paddle Boarding based at East Portlemouth, tuition, hire and estuary tours. Kayak hire also available. 01548 844142, 0779094059, 07936291358.
More companies listed under sailing.

Surfing

The best locations for surfing and body boarding are Bantham, Lannacombe & Thurlestone beaches.
Bantham Surfing Academy: 01548 853803
Discovery Surf School, Bigbury-on-Sea, provides professional coaching for all ages and levels, with an emphasis on safe, high quality tuition in small groups. 01548 810535
Surfin’ Sam South Milton: 01803 712 161 / 07974 101374

Sailing in Salcombe

Salcombe is a fantastic sailing harbour, one look at the harbour and you’ll be signing up for lessons.
Island Cruising Club offers a range of RYA sailing and power boat courses for all levels, dingies & yachts, and also offer private lessons, they also offer windsurfing and stand-up paddle boards 01548 844 300
Salcombe Dinghy Sailing, offers sailing lessons in a range of boats for all levels 01548 843927/07970 017321
South Sands Sailing offers a rental service of toppers, they also have stand-up paddle boards and Kayaks 01548 843451/07812 146353 Sailing in Dartmouth
Devon sailing offer courses and cruises for the more serious sailor 01803 853 843

Fishing

How big is your catch?
Salt water: Phoenix Charters, Salcombe: 01548 842840
Fresh water: Coombe Water Fishery, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4AB: 01548 852 038
Fresh water: Newhouse Fishery, Totnes, TQ9 7JS: 01548 821 426

Boat Hire

For a bit of adrenaline, seeing the Devon coastline or enjoying the lapping of water on the side of a boat.
Sea-N-Shore offer water skiing & wake baording lessons, boat hire, water skis, RYA courses, power boat rides and Coasteering.
Salcombe Boat Hire, supply 12-16ft fibreglass boats with steering wheels. Life jackets, (dog life jackets), a chart of the estuary and full instructions are all supplied to make your hire as easy and enjoyable as possible. They also offer estuary cruises: 01548 844 475
Tucker’s Boat Hire: Small boats for use in the Salcombe estuary through Tuckers Boat Hire. They have re-equipped the Tuckers fleet with Terhi Nordic open boats with a choice of engines and controls. These provide customers with reliable craft which are ideal for Salcombe: 01548 843 838
White Strand boat hire also offer Mackerel fishing trips 01548 843818
Or for something a bit more glamorous try Kingston boat hire

Wild Swimming

The Outdoor Swimming Society is a great website to link up with other wild swimmers and find good spots. The nearby Avon river and Thurlestone rocks are renowned wild swimming spots.

Wind Surfing

Bigbury & Slapton sands are both recognised amongst the best spots in the south west for wind surfing, however if you would like lessons Newton Abbott is the nearest I can find.