Kayak & Bushcraft Experience

Kayak & Bushcraft Experience

£105 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Kayak lesson and tour with bushcraft survival experience
 Learn essential bushcraft techniques out in the wilderness
 Personalise your experience with a choice between ocean and river setting
 Qualified instructors and equipment provided
If you were stranded in the wilderness for a night, would you have what it takes to survive? With a bit of luck you’ll never need to find out. However, our controlled experiences are here to teach you everything you need to know just in case.
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What's Included

  • Unique and adventure-filled Kayak & Bushcraft experience
  • Marshmallows for roasting on an open fire
  • Essential bushcraft skills taught by instructor
  • Qualified and knowledgeable kayak instructors
  • Heated changing rooms and secure on-site storage for your valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets
  • Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
  • Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayaks and paddles included
  • Wildlife watching and identification
  • Tales of the area’s rich history, biodiversity and heritage
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • Discount card for apres kayak food & drink at local bars and cafes
  • 15% off at Newquay’s Rip Curl store
  • A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
  • Excellent bad weather options in case of adverse conditions – we’ll get you guys in the water! This activity can go ahead in the rain – no worries!


Our Kayak & Bushcraft Experience will begin in one of two places depending on your choice of setting. Opting for our ocean adventure will see you exploring the nooks and crannies of Newquay’s impressive coastline, whereas choosing our river option will allow you to be immersed in the beauty of the Gannel Estuary.


Launching from the banks of the River Gannel, you’ll quickly put into practise the land-based kayaking techniques you learnt on the shore. You’ll cross the bank over to Penpol Creek, using tidal information and weather to navigate safely before mooring your kayak up at the site of an old historic lime kiln.

Venture off into the woods and discover whether you could survive in the wilderness armed with just a few basic tools and a bit of know how. With only the nearby hanging trees for shelter, you’ll learn how to use your survival instincts to live off the land and how to source the best materials to build a fire. Understand the difference that wet weather can make, adjusting your focus from damp wood to dry leaves and other such alternatives.

When you’ve collected your share, find out how to safely split kindling to help get that fire going. When the flames are roaring, your instructor will share tales of the Gannel whilst helping you identify the different flora and fauna that surround it. Don’t throw all of your sticks on the fire though – be sure to keep your best one behind! It will come in handy for all of the marshmallows you’ll be toasting while you relax and enjoy the surroundings!


If you’ve chosen our intrepid ocean option, you will set off as a group from a sheltered stretch of Newquay coastline before finding a suitable place to put your survival skills to the test. Your instructor will run through the best techniques for ocean kayaking, putting your earlier land-based lesson into practice.

We launch and land from two of Newquay’s lush, semi-secret coves. The start to experience is an adventure, as we walk down a rock path to the water’s edge. It’s worth it as the scenery is breath taking, there is some incredible coastal wildlife in the area, and you really are experiencing the best of Newquay’s coastal fringe. We take the walk down to the water slowly, the kayaks will be waiting in the cove for you.

We pride ourselves in sharing a well-rounded learning experience, which will on many tours see you given the opportunity to experience both a double and single kayak. If you start in a double kayak but want to try a single, we swap mid-way on either one of the secret beaches that we visit or in the ocean environment. We cannot guarantee that you will have a single or a double kayak for the duration of the tour. But will have the opportunity to experience both, or one or the other.

Navigating the waves, you and your group will battle the elements in an organised display of effective teamwork. You will discover local marine life, imposing cliff lines, smugglers caves and inviting coves.

Your instructor will teach you about the history and heritage of the Cornish coast with stories of pirates, shipwrecks, plunder and mutiny! Being out on the ocean is a fantastic way to appreciate the landscape of Newquay. Enjoy the rugged coastline from atop the wild Atlantic swell and get yourself into the headspace of an explorer before embarking on a bushcraft experience like no other.

Remember to conserve a bit of energy ready to disembark from your kayak and venture into the wilderness for your lesson in instinctive survival. Source suitable firewood and enjoy mystical maritime tales around a roaring fire with your instructor.


Whichever adventure you choose, the equipment allocation and safety brief remain the same. You’ll be kitted up with Rip Curl wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, kayaks and paddles either from our Newquay HQ or our off-grid river base.

Your instructor will guide you through the mechanics of each bit of equipment so that you’re familiar and confident with your new adventure gear. As much as we want you to have fun on the water, we also have a huge commitment towards keeping you safe. Before paddling out, your instructor will deliver a full safety brief along with a lesson in correct kayaking techniques.

You’ll learn how to paddle efficiently, use the tide and weather to your advantage, manage different swell sizes and how to ‘ferry glide’ if you’re on the river. You’ll also learn about water safety and any important signals that may come in handy. Your brief will finish with a short warm-up before hitting the water and setting off on your adventure!


Newquay Activity Centre experience of Newquay’s coastline and the Gannel estuary has seen the development of their signature routes that get the best of the daily weather conditions. Using professional, technical advice from the county’s top level paddle sports expert, John Paul Eatock, the standards of safety while maintaining fun lesson delivery are sky high.

After launching the company in 1996, we have catered for over 200,000 guest experiences. We work closely with the sports governing body, British Canoeing to deliver kayak leader training courses for the Paddlesports Leader Award and as a result have industry leading instructors who have completed our 3 month long Outdoor Instructor Training Course.


We take huge pride in providing the best kayaking tours and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay. We are also a British Canoeing Delivery Partner which is a testament to our constant high standards of paddlesports delivery.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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