River SUP & Snorkel Tour

River SUP & Snorkel Tour

£90 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
River SUP tour exploring above and below the Gannel Estuary
 Expert SUP tuition from our friendly instructors
 Snorkel in sheltered lagoons
 Explore Newquay’s River Gannel and its wildlife-rich habitat
We’ve combined explorative river snorkelling with our well-loved scenic SUP tour. We want you to experience the wildlife-rich River Gannel – both above AND below the surface!
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What's Included

  • Low intensity and explorative River SUP & Snorkel tour
  • 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
  • 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 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 unique and relaxing paddle along the scenic Gannel Estuary. 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 Snorkel & SUP 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 & Snorkel 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.


Usually associated with warmer ocean waters, the excitement of river snorkelling can often be overlooked. With so many diverse habitats and underwater mysteries, just grab a mask and see what lies beneath! You don’t need to have any previous diving or snorkelling experience.

Take in the vibrant greens of rolling hills, the inviting golden sand banks and the dazzling emerald blue water as you glide along one of Newquay’s most relaxing routes for stand up paddle boarding.

Our River SUP & Snorkel Tours are ideal for beginners, your instructor will guide you through all the basics of stand up paddle boarding. After an in-depth safety brief on the banks of the river, you’re ready to put those skills into practice!


Leave the river bank behind and embark on this peaceful, low intensity tour. Paddle across the calming river water under your instructor’s guidance. Discover the beauty of the estuary while identifying Gannel river wildlife, UK wading birds, and flora & fauna.

You’ll then moor up your SUP, grab a snorkel mask and discover what lies beneath the river’s surface. Explore the Gannel’s fascinating wildlife habitat as you search for fish including crab, mullet and sea bass – you may even encounter the giant gobi that inhabits the reeds at Penpol Creek!

And for history fans, we’ve got a little bonus for you! Head downstream and moor up your SUP at the site of a river shipwreck. Dive into the depths and see if you can find it. As the water becomes clearer, you’ll see the spooky remains of a sunken boat. Using the boat’s buoy and rope to climb back to the surface, enjoy a leisurely wild river swim before paddling back to your starting point.

If you loved snorkelling in the river, why not try a sea snorkel SUP tour? You’ll get 10% off when you book with us. Bonus!


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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