Family Estuary SUP Tour

Family Estuary SUP Tour

£330 pp

2 hrs
Over 3
 Epic smiles & splashes on a fun-filled private family SUP tour!
 Learn key paddle skills in a safe & secure environment
 Compete against family members for the ultimate paddle board bragging rights!
 Fully qualified and experienced SUP instructor
Discover the beauty of Newquay’s River Gannel with your family on your own private river SUP tour. This secluded scenic stretch takes in rolling green hills, golden shores and crystal-clear waters.

What's Included

  • Qualified, experienced and insured SUP instructors
  • Wetsuit, buoyancy aid, SUP board and paddle provided
  • 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
  • Tales of history and heritage along the route
  • Comprehensive leadership and wildlife information
  • 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!


The idyllic surroundings don’t have to reflect the tempo of the session; our instructors want to see impressive wipeouts, some healthy family competition and lots of big splashes! Fully tailored to your group’s needs, you set the agenda to maximise enjoyment and get the most out of this beautiful and relaxing waterway.

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 unique and relaxing private paddle along the beautiful Gannel Estuary. Most of our private family SUP groups begin paddling on their knees, advancing to a stand up position when they feel safe and confident to do so.

Our Family River SUP Tours have 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 Family River SUP Tours; feel free to enjoy the session from the comfort of kneeling on 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.


Before you hit the water you’ll get a safety brief along with a full kit familiarisation experience. Your instructor will show you the key components of the paddle, the board itself and all of your safety gear. Once you’re happy and confident with the kit, it’s time for some wholesome family fun on the river! This exciting and unique way to spend a few hours is definitely something the kids will remember for a long time!

Your instructor will also assess the weather conditions on the day. You’ll discover how to use the weather and tide to navigate the river using a method known as ‘ferry gliding’ – you can use it to cross the river if the wind’s blowing in a certain direction.

Check out our SUP blog post for more information on the ins and outs of learning to stand up paddle board.

The close-quarters tuition of our Family River SUP Tour makes it a safe and secure way of learning and progressing your skills on the water. Let the kids take on new challenges and boost their confidence under the watchful eyes of our experienced instructors.


Our friendly instructors are experts on the River Gannel – from its wildlife inhabitants and rare plant species to its rich heritage and secret spots. If you want the kids to become the next SUP Team GB, we can focus solely on helping you become pro’s through detailed and technical instruction. Or, if you fancy an eco focus, we can teach the whole family about the wildlife, history and heritage of the area.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a preference and want to discover a bit of everything, we can cover all aspects! Your SUP board is the perfect platform to take in the beautiful scenery and, if you’re lucky, witness a stunning Gannel sunset!


Our Family River SUP Tours are for families and groups of all skill levels and abilities. You don’t need to have any prior experience; our highly qualified instructors are masters in teaching people of all ages.


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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