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Kayaking in Cornwall

Cornish kayaking tours for paddlers of all abilities.

Kayaking and waveskiing is suitable for everyone - our mixture of single and tandem boats enable us to take people both young and old, experienced or not. We can teach you everything you need to have a great time and if you can't get to grips with it you can always enjoy spending your session with one of the Vertical Descents instructors on a tandem kayak. There are four different sessions available:

Newquay Harbour - A kayaking session for beginners, where you'll learn the basics whilst playing games and having fun in a safe, enclosed environment

Newquay Gannel Estuary - An estuary trip through the heart of Newquay, travelling up the River Gannel. Mixing wildlife to see and wave riding at the end this is a great trip for groups. (High tide only)

Fowey - A trip up the River Fowey on the South Coast

Padstow - A kayaking trip up the River Camel starting at the picturesque coastal town of Padstow

Kayaking is great fun, as well as providing strong upper-body fitness, improved water confidence and a new skill that can be used across the globe. Vertical Descents are one of the most established adventure companies in Cornwall, meaning you know you'll always be receiving some of the most expert instruction in the UK. The highly qualified team will always be looking out for you, ensuring your time on the water is always safe. Once your days are done, you're welcome back at the centre in Newquay to enjoy the cafe, bar, bbq and sun terraces overlooking the stunning coastline...the perfect way to end a day in the water!

Duration (Exact): 2-3 Hours
Booking Availability: Vertical Descents run kayaking almost all year round. Your preferred lesson date and time will be arranged when Vertical Descents contact you to confirm your booking.
What's Included: All specialist equipment is included in the price. The centre features hot showers, changing facilities, a bar/cafe and free WiFi (Newquay only). Photographs will be taken throughout the day for you to take away, and transport to/from your accommodation may be arranged (subject to availability).
What You'll Need: You will need to bring something to wear under a wetsuit (swimming attire is best), some trainers (to get wet), a towel and warm clothes for afterwards. If you are booked on to full day trip please bring food and water for the day (these can be bought at the centre).
Ability Level Requirements: This adventure is open to all, no previous kayaking experience is needed.
Physical Requirements: Age restrictions of 12 yrs or over do apply, however it is more dependent on whether the child fits into our smallest wetsuit and safety equipment. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. You do not need to be fit, however you do need to be physically and mentally able to be comfortable in this sort of outdoor environment.
Instruction/Guiding Details: You will have a guide with you throughout this experience.
Getting There: Vertical Descents are based a short walk/drive from Newquay town centre; however if you are staying in the region transport from your accommodation can be arranged (subject to availability).
Adventure Type:
Discover - Experiences & Tasters
Learn - Lessons & Qualifications
Explore - Holidays & Adventures
Sports:
BMX
Bungee Jump
Canoe
Canyon
Climb
Coasteer
Conditioning & Fitness Training
Glide
Hike
Jetboard/Flyboard
Jetski
Kayak
Kiteboard/Kitebuggy
Kitesurf
Mountain Bike
Mountaineer
Paragliding & Canopy Sports
River Bug/Hydrospeed
Road Cycle
Sail
Scooter
Skateboard
Ski
Skydive
Snowboard
Stand Up Paddleboard
Surf
Wakeboard
White Water Raft/Tube
Windsurf
Other
Duration:
Half Day
Full Day
2-3 Days
4-8 Days
9-16 Days
17-30 Days
1 - 3 Months
3 - 6 Months
6 - 12 Months
Open
Time of Year:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Adrenaline Rush: Mild
Suitable Skill Levels:
Beginner
Novice
Amateur
Advanced
Expert
Technical Difficulty (1 Easy - 10 Expert): 4
Physical Intensity (1 Minimal - 10 Extreme): 4
Minimum Age: 12
Instruction/Guiding: Full
Equipment Provided: Yes - Everything
Adventure Suggestions:
Adventurous Couples
Great for Mates
Girls Only
Young Adventurers
Gap Yahs
Professional Qualifications

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