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, for all ages and abilities, sometimes goes on Slapton Ley: 0775 442 6633
Canoe Adventures Tuckenhay:
Canoe Adventures 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.
More companies listed under sailing.


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


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. I think I have covered everything else.