Private guided kayak lesson along the beautiful Gannel Estuary
Develop key technical skills including efficient kayak paddling strokes
Tailored river kayak adventure to suit your needs
No experience necessary - suitable for complete kayaking beginners
Book a private bespoke river kayak lesson and benefit from focussed tuition at a pace that suits you. You’ll enjoy a unique river kayak adventure that’s tailored to you or your family’s exact needs under the watchful eye of our expert instructors.
LEARNING THE FUNDAMENTALS
Our travelling HQ (the Newquay Activity Centre van) will provide a nomadic base from which your private group will receive their kayak equipment and safety brief. Set up on the banks of the estuary, you will admire a backdrop of stunning scenery whilst kitting up in a Rip Curl wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet.
After grabbing a paddle and a kayak, your experienced instructor will lead you in the basics of paddle strokes, kit familiarity, water safety and signals - finishing with a short warm-up before heading down to the water.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Our Private River Kayak Tours are the perfect place to hone your skills and get the most from our expert instructors. Armed with over 20-years worth of experience and knowledge, you will have the opportunity to tap into the mind of a professional and boost your confidence on the water.
You will learn essential kayak skills including correct paddle techniques, efficient stroke patterns and how to use the weather to your advantage. Using a combination of kayak position and river flow to get from one bank to another is known as ‘ferry gliding’. This is a fun and technical skill that you will have plenty of time to learn and practice during your private tour!
TAILORED PRIVATE KAYAK ADVENTURE
Our private river tours take in the most beautiful stretches of the Gannel estuary. Witness friendly native wildlife, blue lagoons and golden sand banks away from the hustle and bustle of popular beaches. Our instructors will move at a pace that suits you, stopping at areas of interest to investigate more closely or answer any questions.
We’ve worked with historians, conservation groups and the local community to deliver an unforgettable river kayak experience. Whether you’re interested in the native river wildlife, the River Gannel’s history, or you want to try river snorkelling, we’ve got it covered! Just let us know if you want to add these options to your package.
Newquay Activity Centre takes kayaking seriously; we have the qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and fun. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards. Our kayak lessons and adventures in Newquay are days-out to remember!
With safety at the forefront of our lessons, we must advise that children under the age of 8 are welcome to kayak with us on our Private River tour but they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate our river activities in the shelter of the Gannel Estuary. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for kayak tours. However, we are at the mercy of Mother Nature and sometimes she may have different plans for us. We always check the forecasted conditions but if the wind or swell picks up unexpectedly, we may need to change the time or location of your tour. Alternatively, we can move your booking onto a different activity, safe from unsuitable or dangerous kayak conditions.
Over 95% of our tours go ahead unaffected by the weather but, in the unlikely event that this does happen, we have excellent back-up options for you to choose from. If we need to amend your kayak booking due to adverse weather, we will let you know in advance. (No need to call us). We appreciate your understanding.
NEWQUAY ACTIVITY CENTRE
Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. We’re not in the business of just making a quick buck. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre, you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.
On site we have hot outdoor showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male and female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your lesson. Extend your days fun and check out our hire equipment.
Book online today or contact us via our online chat where our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s activity today!
Informative and relaxing private river kayak lesson and tour
Qualified and knowledgeable kayak instructors
Heated changing rooms and secure 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!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit