Estuary SUP & Bushcraft Experience

Estuary Paddleboard & Bushcraft

£105 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Epic river tour combining SUP and Survival Skills
 Learn essential bushcraft techniques
 Build a fire and toast marshmallows
 Adventure and tranquility combined
Could you survive in the wilderness without shelter or food? Find out on our river SUP tour with a twist! Discover the tranquility and seclusion of Newquay’s River Gannel before venturing into the woods for a fire building and survival experience.

What's Included

  • River SUP lesson and bushcraft adventure
  • Qualified and knowledgeable SUP 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, SUP boards and paddles included
  • Bushcraft survival skills instruction
  • Marshmallows for toasting on the fire
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • Discount card for apres SUP 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!


With the correct safety advice and instruction, stand up paddle boarding is quick and easy to learn. First, our instructors teach you the basics, then the tour sets off with a relaxing paddle along the scenic Gannel estuary before switching you over to survival mode! Most of our SUP groups begin paddling on their knees, advancing to a stand up position when they feel safe and confident to do so.

Our River SUP & Bushcraft Tour has been designed to teach you many core skills including how to launch and land, stand up and balance, hold your paddle, perform basic strokes and how to make directional changes.

There is absolutely no pressure on our River SUP & Bushcraft Tour; feel free to enjoy the session from the comfort of your board, or give standing up a go – it’s entirely up to you! Our experienced instructors are there to help whatever your skill level may be.


After going through some basics on the river bank – safety, SUP kit and paddling techniques – you’ll hit the water. Putting those land-learned techniques into practice, you’ll follow your instructor’s lead as they point out the Gannel Estuary’s key features.

From tree-lined banks that rare UK wading birds call home, to the remains of an old shipyard – there’s something to capture everyone’s imagination. Gaze in wonder at the sleepy scenes and tranquil atmosphere as you paddle to Penpol Creek – an oasis of calm hidden away from Newquay’s energetic buzz!


Next, it’s time to find out if you’ve got what it takes to be the next Bear Grylls! Imagine you’re stranded in the woods at Penpol Creek – not just for the duration of your tour, but overnight. You have no shelter and only the land at your disposal. Could you build a fire and forage from the land?

Our experienced instructors will guide you through some basic but essential bushcraft skills. You’ll learn what types of material you need to start a fire, and what to look for if twigs and branches are wet. Our instructors will show you the art of splitting kindling and how to start a fire with just one spark. Will you meet the challenge?

In the eerily calm atmosphere of the woods, your instructor will share spooky tales of hauntings and history from the Gannel Estuary. You’ll toast marshmallows over the fire and take a quick ride on the rope swing before retrieving your SUP and heading back to Newquay Activity Centre.


After launching the company in 1996, we have catered for over 200,000 guest experiences. Through 27 years of offering coastal experiences in Newquay, our coastal and Gannel estuary Paddleboarding lessons and tours include signature routes that get the best of the daily weather conditions.

The Newquay Activity Instructors pass through a 3 month long training course prior to starting work in order to deliver our lessons and tours. Using professional, technical advice from the counties top level paddle sports expert, John Paul Eatock, the standards of safety while maintaining fun lesson delivery are sky high. Each of our instructors are qualified as a minimum, with a Beach lifeguard (or equivalent) and a British Canoe Paddlesports leader.


We take huge pride in providing the best paddleboarding 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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