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Places to go
July 2022
Reading time 4 Minutes

Sailing, surfing, paddleboarding or kayaking – whatever your sport, grab your wetsuit and hit the water

Watersports have never been so popular and thanks to our beautiful coastline we're blessed with places to go sailing, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and more. But what if you've never tried these activities, where do you go? Well, you're in luck as we've rounded up some of the best places in the North East and Yorkshire to learn.
wind surfing KA Kitesurfing Adventure Sports

Adventure Sunderland  
Always wanted to try power boating or coasteering? Now’s your chance, with trained instructors on-hand to assist. Also on offer are paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, bell boating, pier jumping and surfing, or if you’d rather not get in the water, they have a range of on-land activities to try too, including archery and indoor climbing.
Sunderland SR6 0PL 
0191 514 4721

KA Kitesurfing Adventure Sports 
Based in Beadnell, this coastal activities company offers lessons in kitesurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, wingfoiling, coasteering and surfing. Sessions are tailored to suit all ages and abilities, including a KA Kids Club for children between six and 16 years old.
Beadnell NE67 5EE 
07766 303876 

Northside Surf School  
Enjoy the water along the beautiful Northumbrian coastline with this surf and stand-up paddleboarding school in Amble, exploring hidden bays on a coastal tour or a leisurely paddle up and around the castle on the River at Warkworth. They run surf lessons at Bamburgh all year-round and even have snorkel equipment available to hire too.
Amble NE65 0NB 
01665 713146

kayaking in the sunset CBK Adventures

South Shields Surf School
Learn a new skill with South Shields Surf School’s SUP and surf lessons at Sandhaven Beach. Don’t worry if you’re a complete novice, they can cater for all ages and abilities, are Surf England accredited, and have all the equipment you’ll need available to hire. For nature lovers, there are also rock pooling sessions so you can explore what the tide has brought in. With plenty of sessions planned over the summer you can spend and hour and a half with their experts learning all about the fascinating marine life in the many rock pools. South Shields Surf School are also involved in several important community projects including Beach Access for free beach wheelchair loan, Sea Company a veterans’ surf group, and Project Surf, developing surf courses, therapy and clubs for those with disabilities and educational special needs.
South Shields NE33 3NG 
07583 144560

CBK Adventures 
Having explored the North East waters pretty much every day since 2014 the team at CBK know all the best places to go, so who better to show you around? From seal spotting on paddleboards at St Mary’s, to kayaking past Cullercoats’ coves and caves at sunset, as well as coasteering at The Leas, CBK offer a variety of guided tours and lessons.
Whitley Bay NE26 2PD 
0191 251 9412

Tynemouth Surf Co 
Established in 1995, Tynemouth Surf Co have plenty of experience helping people ride those waves. Situated on the seafront above the award-winning Tynemouth Longsands beach it provides a one-stop shop for all your surfing and paddleboarding needs.
Tynemouth NE30 4JH 
0191 258 2496 

cliff jumping into the sea Scarborough Surf School

Whitby Surf School  
Just 10 minutes’ from the historic seaside town, Whitby Surf School has everything you need to learn to surf or stand-up paddleboard on an award-winning, blue flagged beach. They also run a variety of junior surf clubs where aspiring pros can learn skills beyond just riding waves.
Whitby YO21 3EN 
07395 371232 

North Yorkshire Water Park 
Before you dive right in at the coast, perfect your watersport skills at North Yorkshire Water Park, with opportunities for wakeboarding, paddleboarding, kayaking, open water swimming and sailing available.
Scarborough YO13 9QU 
01723 865052 

Scarborough Surf School
Arguably one of the best surfing spots on this stretch of coast, head to Cayton Bay where Scarborough Surf School offer a selection of individual or group surfing and paddleboarding lessons. For an adrenaline rush, try coasteering, which is quickly becoming one of their most popular sports.
Scarborough YO11 3NR 
01723 585585 

Flow Surf School  
Novice or intermediate, everyone’s welcome to come and learn on the beautiful coast at Saltburn, or at Sandsend or Redcar if you prefer. Don’t need a lesson and just want to hire equipment? They also offer surfboard, wetsuit and SUP hire from two hours to one week from their surf school.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AT 
07854 767693

Staying Safe in the Water

With the weather improving and the summer holidays in full swing, the RNLI are having a busy summer. Click here to learn how to stay safe in the water.


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