Sutton Harbour bike emporium Rockets & Rascals has teamed up with South West Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) to bring this popular past-time to Plymouth. The sport is suitable for all ages and offers a wonderful way to explore the waterfront, whether you are a beginner keeping close to the shoreline or a more advanced paddler heading out to sea.
Using the world’s best boards and instruction certified by the Water Skills Academy, beginners can travel between the Barbican and the Royal William Yard whilst experts can journey across to Drake’s Island or paddle out as far as the Cornish fishing villages of Cawsand and Kingsand.
The famously beautiful Tinside Lido overlooks the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and has been voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe. Built in 1935, Tinside reflects the feel of a bygone era with its graceful art deco style, and this Grade II listed pool is filled with the clear salt waters of Plymouth Sound for a refreshing summer swim in stunning surroundings.
The seabed in Plymouth Sound is littered with the remains of the once-proud merchant and warships which made this historic port so successful, offering great diving opportunities today.
Aquanauts Dive Centre in Sutton Harbour can provide wreck and dive guides to areas which are easily and quickly accessed from the harbourside. You can also hire specialist scuba equipment, take PADI dive courses and trips and sign up for Plymouth Diving Club membership.
If you want to venture out on the water, Plymouth and Devon Schools Sailing Association offers kayaking and powerboat courses from Commercial Wharf on the Barbican alongside Sutton Harbour. As a RYA recognised training centre, this not-for-profit volunteer organisation promotes a whole range of activity sessions.
Horizons is a registered charity helping children learn to sail, with facilities for disabled children too. Sailing is proven to boost self-confidence and help build social and practical skills, and every year, Horizons runs more than 3,000 individual sessions involving hundreds of young people aged between 8 to 19, as well as evening and weekend sailing clubs for local youngsters.
Plymouth Youth Sailing gives young people the opportunity to be taken sailing and be taught to sail, generating life experiences that can heighten self-esteem, build confidence and create a sense of achievement and self-worth.
Morvargh Sailing Project is based in The Marina at Sutton Harbour on board tall ship the Helen Mary R. The ship provides residential sailing to young people aged 14-25 and following a major refit, the Helen Mary R will again take to the seas in spring 2016.