Hire Centres, Guided Trips, Freelance Coaches & Outdoor Centres

This page details commercial operations providing a range of canoeing and other outdoor activities in Devon and Cornwall.

For general details of canoe sport, have a look at the British Canoe Union (BCU) site at BCU (British Canoe Union).

Kayaks & Paddles supplies Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and the rest of the South Hams area & Torbay. We also have a store in Cornwall to service the Camel Estuary area, Fowey, Falmouth and many other areas. Go to Cornwall Canoes for more info.

Mount Batten

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre is open all year round and welcomes families, friends, individuals, businesses and schools to participate in many water and land based activities.

The Centre commands stunning views looking out towards Plymouth’s historic Barbican area, the Hoe and across to Mount Edgcumbe. It is perfectly situated on the tidal estuary of The Sound, making it an ideal, and safe, location for the thousands of people, of all ages, that use the Centre each year – whether for recreational or professional use.

The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre has a small, friendly, dedicated and highly experienced team, always on hand to ensure that visitors have an enjoyable time in a safe and welcoming environment. The Centre prides itself on its exemplary health and safety record.


Talland Bay Beach Cafe

Talland Bay Beach Cafe - Kayak Hire Cornwall

Sit-on Kayaks are available to rent from the cafe on an hourly basis. They are single seaters but can hold an adult and small child. Buoyancy aids are provided. Talland is a really sheltered bay making it the perfect place for all the family to have a go!
Talland Bay Beach Cafe has the laest range of Feelfree recreational kayaks for hire.

Moving Tides

Moving Tides Sea Kayaking.

Moving Tides offers guided sea kayaking adventures around the beautiful coastline and estuaries of the South Hams .


South West Lakes Trust

South West Lakes Trust - Siblyback.

Outdoor & Active Siblyback Lake, Bodmin Moor– Tel 01579 346522.

Siblyback Lake is surrounded by the striking Bodmin Moor and offers a wide range of activities beside or on the water, rowing boat hire is a popular family activity. The Outdoor + Active Centre offers sailing, windsurfing and canoeing and provides top quality rainbow trout fishing. Courses for beginners and improvers are readily available, as is self-launch for the more experienced.


Paddlesports Coaxching and Guiding

Paddle Sports Coaching and Guiding.

A paddlesports coaching company offering coaching and guiding in canoes and kayaks, BCU star awards and safety and rescue training courses.


Nigel Warren Canoe & Kayak Coaching

Nigel Warren Canoe 5 Kayak Coaching

The canoeing, kayaking and paddlesport association for everyone to learn new skills and enjoy being on the water in a friendly welcoming atmosphere.


GRG Adventure Kayking Nepal.

GRG Adventure Kayking Nepal.

Namaste and welcome to GRG's; The ultimate in adventure travel in Nepal. Our fun loving team of guides, cooks, porters and helpers are passionate about their jobs and are here to make your holiday unforgettable. We specialize in adventure and we deliver it to you in fun, affordable, safe, professionally run trips that are unique.Owned by the Himalayan National Kayak Champion, we are the only travel company in Nepal to specialise in kayaking and we're pretty darn good at rafting and canyoning too! Equiped with invaluable local knowledge and years of experience in the field (in Nepal and internationally), we can't wait to get you out on the rivers in Nepal. We go beyond just taking you down the rivers and give you and all round adventure experience, we'll show you all the hidden extras our country has to offer (From cliff jumps, secret canyon sites along the rivers, local villages to tracking tiger prints on white sandy beaches)


Love kayaking

Love Kayaking.

LOVE KAYAKING provides a fully insured &  professional Group Kayak Hire & Guided Kayaking Tour service at stunning hand-picked river, estuary & coastal locations in Plymouth, Looe, Lopwell Dam, Saltash, Calstock, Tamar & Tavy (Devon & Cornwall.) Group sizes must be a minimum of x4 and a maximum of x12 people. Children aged 8 - 17 years of age must be accompanied on the water by an adult at all times. A ratio of x1 adult to x2 children is acceptable.


Paddle Beyond

Paddle Beyond.

Here at Paddle Beyond we offer a bespoke travel & guiding service for all abilities both on and off the river. We have over 17 years experience of Himalayan rivers and travel. We can offer a days guiding here in the UK to off the beaten track destinations such as a weeks whitewater kayaking in Morocco to a multi day paddle down one of Nepal's many rivers. For more Information please get in touch.


Encounter Cornwall

Encounter Cornwall.

Welcome to Encounter Cornwall - the place for visitors to Cornwall who want information on how to see this stunning area the alternative way. For all those wanting the help, flexibility and organisation to avoid the tourist crowds and discover the wild unspoilt beauty of "Kernow", this site is for you.


Black Rock Beach Hire

Black Rock beach Hire

A well equiped hire centre on Millendreath Beach, near Looe. We offer fun and friendly support for novices and helmets! for those who want to be more adventurous. At Black Rock Beach Hire we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience so we offer a best practice introduction should you need it, a full briefing on the local weather, tide and wind conditions and loads of encouragement!


Fowey Kayak Hire

Fowey Kayak Hire.

Now you can travel independently for several miles of the Fowey river, upstream from Fowey, enjoying the fabulous scenery and wildlife from a kayak. The river is surrounded by wooded slopes and water meadows mostly owned by the National Trust, with nature reserves, salt marsh and bird sanctuaries on either side. The whole area is teeming with Herons, Wildfowl, Cormorants, and even Kingfishers, and, quietly gliding by, you can get closer to them than you have ever been.


River Fowet Expeditions

Fowey River Expeditions.

Welcome to Fowey River Expeditions. We offer escorted river trips in stable open cockpit canoes along the beautiful River Fowey. Total beginners are welcome and everybody wears a buoyancy aid. You don't even have to be able to swim as safety boats accompany every expedition. A great day out that's suitable for everyone!


Canoe Adventures

Canoe Adventures.

Presenting active fun for you and everyone, young and old aboard 12-seater Voyager canoes paddling the superb tidal River Dart in South Devon. Steersman guided. Equipment provided. Canoe Adventures go from and return to the slip way beside the friendly Maltsters Arms at Tuckenhay(TQ9 7EH), lying at the head of sheltered Bow Creek halfway between Totnes and Dartmouth on the west bank of the Dart, South Devon. Outings are usually 4-5 hours. Open year round.


The Adventure Centre

The Adventure Centre.

Welcome to The Adventure Centre The Adventure Centre is one of the leading providers of outdoor and adventure training courses in the South West. The Centre is ideally located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park within 10 acres of land and boasts excellent on site facilities. We offer a wide range of outdoor courses for groups of all ages and ability levels from school group residentials and management training courses to kayaking courses and outdoor instructor training.


University of Plymouth Canoe Club

University Plymouth Student Union Canoe Club.

The Canoe Club does varied activity from a relaxing sunset paddling along a tranquil south Devon bay to a huge adrenaline rush of throwing yourself down white water somewhere in England! or Wales! We train from the Mountbatten centre every other Wednesday during the afternoon and on some weekends when trips aren't running. We also have various trips from white water to surf kayaking going on throughout the year including a couple of student competitions. Combine this with chilled vibes, some alcohol induced fun and a fair bit of travelling you have the UPSU Canoe Club!


Singing Paddles

Singing Paddles.

Based Nr Kingbridge, South Devon. We offer courses & trips in kayaks, canoe and on sit on tops. Please give us a call.


Spirit Of Adventure

Spirit of Adventure.

Outdoor courses and holidays at their very best. Safe, fun and always good value. Adventure here in the UK or that family holiday adventure in the sun! We are very involved in instructor training, running many SPA and WGL courses, give us a call if we can help you along your instructor path. Our base in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park means that we are surrounded by beautiful Devon moorland. A perfect location to inspire and enthuse people of all ages to get into the outdoors.


Fluid Skills

Fluid Skills.

FluidSkills.com kayak school are suppliers of UK and French Alp based kayaking coaching, courses, training and guided tours, whatever you ability. If you want to experience kayaking for the first time or are looking for that extreme white water trip, contact us today.


DArtmoor Outdoor Company

Dartmoor Outdoor Company.

Personal challenge, the edge of adventure and a wild environment. Get into the outdoors with Dartmoor Outdoor Company on training courses ranging from 1 to 16 weeks. We offer experiences that will stretch your mind, body and soul, from short breaks through to professional instructor qualifications. Dartmoor Outdoor Company is an outdoor industry recognised, respected and fully affiliated company with 14 years successful experience in providing fully certificated outdoor instructor training courses for individuals who are either seeking qualifications to enable a change in career direction or those who are simply looking to improve their personal skills in selected outdoor disciplines.


Active 8

Active 8.

Activities in Cornwall We are the holiday activity company in Cornwall that offers some of the very best activities in Cornwall. If you are looking for things to do in Cornwall this activities in Cornwall website has some of the very best available. Via this adventure in Cornwall site you can check availability, book, and pay on-line for a range of first class adventure Activities in Cornwall. Group Multi Activity days, Childrens activities, Family activities, Adrenaline activities, Water Fun and Extreme Sports. We cater for families, singles, couples & groups and have found the very best Cornish holiday adventure activities and arrange them for you online.


Bicton College

Bicton College.

With a 500 acre outdoor classroom, Bicton College is the perfect environment in which to teach and practice outdoor education. We have an established reputation for providing quality training for those developing a career in the outdoor leisure industry. This programme provides students with training and nationally-recognised qualifications, specifically tailored to the needs of the outdoor leisure industry, with scope for further progression both academically and vocationally if desired.


Skern Lodge

Skern Lodge.

Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it! Be it an outdoor activity break, a celebration or training event, Skern Lodge on the North Devon coast will give you a day or stay to remember. Adults and children alike will find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter here at Skern. Enjoy an activity programme to meet all of your needs, whether you are; A school looking for an educational experience outside of the classroom or a course focussing on geography field studies; Family or friends after a holiday or day of outdoor activities; Trying to find something to do in the school holidays; A hen or stag party or just a group of adults looking for some outdoor fun; A parent after a safe, secure and energizing place for your children to meet individuals and discover new things; An organised group or club; Wanting to join a group or have some personal coaching to learn or improve your skills in kayaking, surfing or climbing; or a company, college or youth training scheme, planning a team building, training and development programme using the outdoors.


Kayak Guide

Kayak Guide.

Mark Allen, who runs Kayak Guide can offer courses & guided trips. Arranged for Groups or individuals. Courses are all to BCU standards & Guided trip are tailored to the clients requirements.


Dartmoor Recue Group

Dartmoor Rescue Group.

The Dartmoor Rescue Group was started in 1968 in the Tavistock area when a small group of local moorland enthusiasts started helping the police with search and rescue on Dartmoor. In due course a recognised official rescue team was formed which became affiliated to the Mountain Rescue Council. Currently the Group consists of four Search and Rescue Teams (SART) based in Ashburton, Okehampton, Tavistock and Plymouth. Each team is a separate charity and is capable of functioning independently. However the teams frequently operate together and so each team is part of the Dartmoor Rescue Group which is a separate charity and which co-ordinates common training, equipment and communications issues and is the main contact point for outside organisations. Each team will tend to work in its own geographical area but may need to work anywhere on Dartmoor to support other Dartmoor Search and Rescue teams. Depending on the number of people who require rescuing or the area to be searched, a callout may consist of one, two or three teams and usually at least one team is kept as a back up in case of an extended operation. DRG teams provide a search and rescue service in the rest of Devon and Cornwall and may be used to support the Cornwall and the Exmoor Search and Rescue teams.