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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.

If you prefer a gentler pace of life, hire a pedalo and go for a gentle bob in the ocean, or you could even hop on an organised boat trip and try your luck at fishing. Even if your love of water sports is limited to a quick paddle in the waves, you can swim safely in the English Riviera.

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  1. Canoe Adventures Devon

    Canoe Adventures Devon

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    Watersports Centre


    Stoke Gabriel

    Explore the beautiful River Dart in guided traditional long canoes.
    There’s canoeshare with family and youth discounts plus riverside picnics, ice cream, wildlife, history, and riverbank flint and steel fire lighting.

  2. Gliddon Marine Jet Ski Safari

    Gliddon Marine Jet Ski Safari

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    Adventure Sport Centre



    Gliddon Marine's Waverunner Safaris offer a fun and exhilarating way to explore Torbay's glorious English Riviera coastline aboard our new Yamaha WaveRunner VX Cruiser jet skis. We offer the thrill and excitement of jet skiing in a safe and controlle

  3. Canoe the Coves

    Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust - Marine Wildlife Kayak Tours

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    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre



    Spend an unforgettable day on a kayak visiting the English Riviera's most beautiful wildlife spots. We will look out for seals, seabirds, peregrine falcons and cetaceans and spectacular geology. Suitable for all abilities.

  4. Reach Outdoors

    Reach Outdoors

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    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre


    Goodrington Sands, Paignton

    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

  5. Sea Kayak Devon

    Sea Kayak Devon

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    Guided sea kayak trips…The ultimate way to explore the south Devon coast. Individuals, groups and families all welcome no experience required.

  6. Diving Holidays at the Meadfoot Bay Hotel

    Diving Holidays at the Meadfoot Bay Hotel

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    Come and enjoy a diving break here at The Meadfoot Bay Hotel in Torquay. One of Torquay’s best dive sites is only a 2 minute walk away at the stunning Meadfoot Beach.

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