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. Will you follow in Bear Grylls’ footsteps?
LEARN TO STAND UP PADDLE BOARD!
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.
DISCOVER THE GANNEL ESTUARY
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!
LEARN ESSENTIAL BUSHCRAFT SKILLS
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.
Newquay Activity Centre takes SUPing 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 River Stand Up Paddle Boarding & Bushcraft 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 SUP with us but they should be accompanied by an adult and book onto a private or family group tour.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS EXTREME WEATHER?
We are super fortunate to operate many of our activities in the shelter of Towan beach. We choose the tide and weather times that deliver the very best conditions for Stand Up Paddleboard 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 SUP 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 stand up paddle board 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!
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!
Please allow roughly 3 hours for your total visit