Sea Kayaking Cornwall

Sea kayaking in Cornwall is a brilliant way of enjoying the ocean and exploring the beautiful coastline. Our sit on top kayaks are designed for use for one or two people and you do not need any previous kayaking experience. We use sit on top kayaks so there are no issues with entrapment and they are exceptionally stable to help you relax and enjoy the incredible experience – just get out there and have the time of your life!

Sit on Top Kayaking Tours

Nothing beats the view of the coastline and our guided sea kayaking tours are the best way to explore Cornwall! Let our experienced guides take you to unspoilt sandy beaches and rocky lagoons and you may get the chance to see some of the amazing wildlife including sea birds, seals, and maybe even dolphins! We want to share our incredible local area with you and give you the chance to enjoy what we do! See our Kayaking FAQ’s

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2hr Guided Sea Kayak Tours

Our kayak tours depart from Harlyn and you will learn some basic paddling and turning skills before setting off on a coastal adventure. We use double sit-on- top sea kayaks that are extremely stable and allow you to paddle efficiently as a pair so that you can spend your time focused on enjoying the experience. A limited number of single kayaks are available. Minimum age of 12 years old.

£45 per person

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Sea Kayak Hire

We have a great selection of double and single sit on top sea kayaks available to hire from Harlyn beach throughout the season, Hire will only be offered subject to us deeming the weather and sea conditions safe and suitable. Under-18s will require the presence of a parent or guardian when hiring equipment, and a valid form of identification held for the duration of the hire. We supply you with buoyancy aids, you may need to hire wetsuits from us. Kayaks are only available to be used at Harlyn and are not to be taken to a different beach due to safety concerns. Minimum age of 12 years old.

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Kayaking FAQ’s

What's included?

Helmets, buoyancy aids and wetsuits. You need to bring a pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet.

Can I wear my own suit?

Yes you can – we advise wearing a full length wetsuit although shorties can be worn if is nice and warm.

Where do we meet?

At our main base right on the beach at Harlyn bay in front of the large beach car park

How do I book lessons? Do I need to book in advance?

We are often teaching during the day and we would love you to book everything using our online booking system if posssible – you will find most, if not all the answers to any questions you have throughout the website FAQ’s and activity pages. Please email us if you have any further question. We do take bookings from our beach base but we highly recommend you book in advance to guarantee availability.

How long is the session?

All sessions are 2hrs including your safety briefing and your tour. We ask that you check in 30 mins before your session start time so we can kit you out.

What time do the sessions start?

These differ daily, please click on the book now menu to see available time slots.

How fit do I need to be?

A basic level of fitness is required especially as an adult if paddling with younger children on a double kayak, however many families and groups complete these routes with ease when its calm. It is also advantageous to have kayaking experience but it is not essential – if you are happy on and in the water, generally this is enough to have a great time. You should be able to swim a min of 50m unaided.

What is the min age?

We recommend a minimum age of 12 (younger by arrangement if sea conditions are suitable) for our kayak tours – provided the child is on a double kayak with an adult who can, if needed, paddle for them if they get tired. We do not have an upper age limit but just use common sense please. Call or email if you have a specific concern.

Do you cancel if it is raining?

No we don’t. Whilst kayaking in lovely sunshine is preferred you can still have loads of fun in the rain. Often rainy days have provided some of our most memorable sessions!

What happens if I want to cancel my session?

Our cancellation policy is outlined in our terms and conditions.

What happens if it is too rough or windy?

We have an excellent health and safety record. However, if we deem the conditions to be unsuitable on the day then we will try our best to reschedule you or offer a different activity. Please see out terms and conditions.

Is it Safe?

All of our guides hold surf lifesaving qualifications and have completed in house training to ensure best practice. They are qualified first aiders and have extensive knowledge of the ocean and swell. Our kayaking routes have been risk assessed. We are licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Service and we have 10 years operational experience with an excellent health and safety record.

Can I wear glasses during the activity?

We do not allow glasses to be worn whilst paddling out or in through surf or close to any obstructions. It is preferable to wear contact lenses or prescription goggles because of safety issues.

Can I watch if I am not taking part?

Yes the coastal footpath follows alongside our routes and is a great vantage point.

What to bring?

We provide wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets. You will need to bring swimwear, a pair of trainers you do not mind getting wet or wetsuit boots, we do not accept wetsuit shoes or any open toed shoes. We recommend bringing a bottle of water, please make sure you wear sunscreen, if you wish you can wear a sun hat and sunglasses.

What is the weight limit?

The weight limit for a double approx. 25st/160kg, Single 15st/95kg. If you think you are bordering the weight limit of a single kayak and you have little experience paddling, then please let one of our members of staff know. We can change our double kayaks to single so you can enjoy the tour with ease.

Should I wear suncream?

Yes! You can burn even when it’s cloudy! We ALWAYS advise that you use a factor 30-50 water-resistant sun cream before taking part in one of our activities.

Is there anywhere for refreshments nearby?

Yes there is a catering van “Food for Thought” located in the car park during the main season and there is also a variety of pubs, restaurants and bakeries in the immediate area.

Is the beach dog friendly?

Yes Harlyn is one of the few beaches in the areas that allows dogs.

Fabulous kayaking tour, safe and fun, highly recommended!

Siân