Where to Do Watersports Across the North East and Yorkshire this Summer
Sailing, surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking or taking a boat trip out to sea - grab your wetsuit and try a watersport this summer
Kids can enjoy summer camps where they can explore the wonders of the North East coast with a team of experts showing them the ropes. From seal spotting on paddleboards at St Mary’s, to kayaking past Cullercoats’ coves and caves, CBK offer a variety of guided tours and lessons for all ages and abilities.
Whitley Bay NE26 2PD
0191 251 9412
Berwick Boat Trips
Hop on board the Border Belle and sail under the Lower Bridges, pass Paxton House and reach the 200-year-old Chain Bridge as you explore the River Tweed, or take an estuary trip to the mouth of the river, or a coastal cruise up to St. Abbs (looking out for wildlife including seabirds, seals and dolphins along the way).
Quayside, Berwick-Upon-Tweed TD15 1HE
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
Billy Shiel’s Boat Trips
Starting in 1918, the Shiel family have a long history with providing exciting boat trips to the Farne Islands. Head off on a two-hour puffin cruise, spot grey seals, or travel across to Holy Island and explore what lies beyond the land. If the weather allows, try a sunset cruise or charter your own private RHIB ride for an extra special journey.
1 Seafield Road, Seahouses NE68 7SJ
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 and Druridge Bay, and have snorkel equipment available to hire too.
Amble NE65 0NB
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
Flow Surf School
Novice or intermediate, everyone’s welcome to come and learn on the beautiful coast at Saltburn. Don’t need a lesson and just want to hire equipment? They offer surfboard, wetsuit and SUP hire from two hours to one week from their surf school.
Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1AT
Scarborough Surf School
Learn the ebb and flow of the waves at one of the east coast’s longest running surf schools in Cayton Bay. There are a range of individual or group surfing and paddleboarding lessons on offer, or try coasteering for an adrenaline rush – the super SUP is great for groups too.
Scarborough YO11 3NR
Scarborough Speed Boat Rides
Get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting speed boat ride across the bay. From sea safari trips which take you 10 miles up the coast to spot the amazing marine wildlife to quick 10 minute tasters, there’s a boat trip for every type of adventurer here.
Goldern Ball Slipway, Sandside, Scarborough YO11 1PQ
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
South Shields Surf School
As well as SUP and surf lessons, nature lovers will want to try the rock pooling sessions here to explore what the tide has brought in. The school is also involved in several important community projects including Beach Access for free beach wheelchair loan, Sea Company (a veterans’ surf group), Adaptive Surfing (making the surf accessible for everyone) and Project Surf, developing surf courses, therapy and clubs for those with disabilities and special educational needs.
South Shields NE33 3NG
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
Whitby Surf School
Just 10 minutes’ from the historic seaside town, Whitby Surf School has everything you need to learn to surf or paddleboard on an award-winning, Blue Flag beach. They also run a variety of surf clubs (junior, women’s and mini nippers for ages two to five).
Whitby YO21 3EN