With two piers, three harbours, 22 beaches and two marinas, life in the English Riviera revolves around the sea. The calm waters and gentle currents of South Devon's beautiful bay make it one of the best water sport locations in the UK, particularly for beginners.
Sailing is particularly popular, as the English Riviera has one of the best bays in the UK for learners and salty sea dogs alike. The region plays host to 50 regional, national or international sailing events during the summer months, with competitions always promising to deliver a healthy dose of excitement. August is a busy month in the boating calendar, with the Fastnet race and the week-long Dartmouth Regatta drawing in sailing boats from all over the world.
Let a scuba diving instructor take you out to the deep blue sea so you can swim with the fish, or hire a jet ski and take it for a spin around the bay. You can also give some extreme sports a go including kite-surfing, wind-surfing and water-skiing. If you're a beginner surfer, the calm waters of the English Riviera are perfect for finding your feet on a board.
Things to Do
Waves Leisure Pool
If you are looking for fun and exercise for the whole family, be sure to visit Waves Leisure Pool for indoor family fun whatever the weather!↵↵Waves Leisure Swimming Pool is open every day and under 5's swim for free (Admission Policy applies, please call for details).
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Explore the Geopark's spectacular coastline with an adventure to remember. Reach Outdoors are the South West's Adventure Specialists. We provide Coasteering, Kayak Tours, Climbing and Abseiling; with the flexibility to deliver across the Torbay area and beyond.
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Jibset Marine Torquay
Ideally situated at Beacon Quay, Torquay, Jibset Marine is a watersports centre, carrying a wide range of sailing clothing and watersports equipment.
During the summer months we also offer fun for all the family with kayak hire. ... read more
Ski West Watersports
Skiwest Watersports is based on Goodrington Sands, Paignton. Whether you are on holiday, a local, experienced or a complete novice come along and have some fun.
Fun includes: Ringo Rides, Speed Boat Rides and Hire, Waterskiing, Kayak and pedalo Hire. ... read more