Paddleboarding in Devon is a fantastic way to explore the spectacular coastline. This relaxing pastime allows you to navigate the water with just a board and a paddle, zero faff and great exercise too. There are so many destinations to explore in Devon, from rivers to the coast, you will be spoilt for choice. If you are hiring your equipment for the day there are plenty of companies that offer great rates and unique services for an unforgettable day on the water.
PADDLEBOARDING IN DEVON – TOP PICKS
Discover awesome adventure and outdoor companies that offer a variety of paddleboarding experiences. Destination Downtime loves ‘family SUP’ by active escape, and bring your pooch along for ‘doggy paddle’ held by The Paddle Shack.
All of the companies featured in this post are unsponsored recommendations.
ACTIVE ESCAPE – ILFRACOMBE
Experience and explore the breathtaking North Devon coastline with Active Escape, an adventure and outdoor activities company based in North Devon. Their HQ is in Watermouth Cove in Ilfracombe, a beautiful and private spot on the coastline that is perfect for paddleboarding. There are plenty of caves and secluded beaches to explore, as well as the possibility of seeing dolphins and seals on your adventure.
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From £25pp (2.5 hours)
Paddelboard hire with 15 minute taster session, wetsuit and buoyancy aid included. You need to be a confident swimmer to head out on your own.
GIANT PARTY SUP
An awesome way to explore the coast with a group of people. Fun games and races included as well as lighting your own fire without matches and cooking over a beach campfire.
£50 (2.5 hours)
The family SUP board can comfortably fit either 3 adults or 2 children (minimum 7 years old) and 2 adults. This is a fantastic option for families to enjoy paddleboarding together. Your hire will include a lesson on the beach before you head out, this will be held by one of the friendly Active Escape members of staff.
SALCOMBE PADDLEBOARDING – SALCOMBE
Based at Port Waterhouse, Salcombe Paddleboarding is nestled amongst the white sandy beaches of Salcombe Estuary. This area of outstanding natural beauty is perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers as it is often sheltered from strong winds with clear turquoise waters. From Port Waterhouse there is plenty to explore including Mill Bay, South Pool and Sunny Cove.
Lessons for all ages and abilities in a safe, encouraging and peaceful environment, taught by a fully qualified ISA paddleboard instructor. 1-1 lessons, private lessons, group booking and group lessons.
Hire world class kit for an hour, a day, a weekend or your entire holiday.
Paddleboard, leash and paddle 1 hour – £20, 2 hours – £30, half day – £40, whole day – £60. (option to add wetsuit and buoyancy aid)
THE PADDLE SHACK – DARTMOUTH
Situated on the beautiful waterways of The River Dart in South Devon, The Paddle Shack offer a range of lessons, guided tours and hire opportunities. The calm, sheltered location is perfect for building your confidence up on the water, within 2 hours you should feel in control of the board and happy maneuvering in the water. The friendly team are all ASI certified standup paddle instructors.
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£35 (2 hours)
ASI certified standup paddle instructors for a range of abilities. Lessons can be held on the river or heading out on the sea for more confident paddlers.
£45pp (3 hours)
These sessions encompass a good level of training as well as the opportunity to explore Devon’s beautiful rivers and coastline. The guided cruise explores hidden creeks, secluded coves and secret beaches, held by Paddle Shack marine biologist and ASI SUP instructor.
🐾 DOGGY PADDLE
£30pp (1-1.5 hours)
Explore the coast with your furry friend, sessions are held in the calm, sheltered water in Dartmouth.
PADDLEBOARDING IN DEVON – OWN YOUR OWN BOARD?
If you own your own paddleboard and are confident exploring the water solo, check out these beautiful recommended spots to explore the best of the spectacular Devon coastline.
1. Croyde – North Devon
Experienced paddlers. When the sea conditions are just right, Croyde is a fantastic spot for paddleboarding.
2. Burgh Island – South Devon
Confident paddlers. A beautiful scenic spot with plenty of hidden caves and coves to explore.
3. Salcombe – South Devon
Beginners. Perfect for learners due to its sheltered position you can enjoy paddleboarding at all tides.
4. The River Dart – South Devon
Beginners. Explore the bustling seaside towns dotted along the meandering river.
5. Saunton Sands – North Devon
Experienced/ Confident paddlers. Over 3 miles of golden sandy beach to play on.
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New lifejackets sold in the UK, Ireland and Europe are required to meet the international Standards Organisation standard ISO12402. For paddleboardig you need a buoyancy aid at level 50. Make sure the lifejacket is a good fit, comfortable and non-restricting. (available in red and blue) £24.99 – £36.50
If you don’t like the thought of your feet touching the seabed it’s a good idea to purchase some water shoes. These water shoes are quick drying, lightweight and feature an adjustable toggle to prevent shoe loss. £11.04 – £16.99
Where is your favourite place to go paddleboarding in Devon?