6 Amazing Watersports To Try At Harlyn Bay In Cornwall

Fancy spending some time connecting with the sea? Want to dip a toe (or likely a lot more than just a toe) into the world of water sports this summer?

Did you know water sports are not only super fun ways to stay fit and active, they’re also incredible for your mental health! The natural energies of the sea combined with the endorphins released during exercise make for a fantastic mood boost that we can’t get enough of.

Harlyn Bay is renowned for being one of the safest beaches on the North Cornwall Coast. Its lack of rip currents is just one of the reasons it has been called the “best family beach” in the country. It also makes it the perfect place to hit the waves this summer. Harlyn is lifeguarded from Easter to September, and also during October half term.

So, whether you’re looking for a way to keep fit, or to have some fun and learn a new skill, here’s six of our fave water based activities that you can try out on your next Harlyn Sands break.

Sea Kayaking

Enjoy sitting atop the crystal clear waters, surrounded by stunning scenery. Kayaking is relatively low impact, making it great for beginners to experience the unspoilt North Cornwall coast.

You can hire one and two person kayaks, with or without tour guides, from Harlyn Surf School.


By far the stand out water sports trend that came from lockdowns of 2020/21- once you try it, you’ll be instantly addicted. Kneel, or stand and glide along the water for a fun, full-body workout. Explore the caves and coves of the coast, and enjoy the tranquillity.


If you fancy something a little more exhilarating, coasteering may be the one! Scramble, climb, jump and swim along the glorious Cornish coastline in this adrenaline fuelled adventure that’s certainly not for the faint hearted. It’s like rockpooling got turned up a notch!


Listen to the sounds of the wind as it fills the sails and powers you across the water. There are various sailing clubs nearby to choose from.

Wild Swimming

Enjoy the benefits of the water without any need for equipment. Just you and the ocean. Always be sure to check tide times.

Surfing & Body Boarding

When in Cornwall… it would be rude not to at least try to catch a wave.


Nothing beats a day on the water, but always remember:

Don’t go out alone, always make sure someone knows where you are heading, and what time you should return.

If you see someone in trouble in the sea, inform a lifeguard, if one is not present, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard

For more water safety, check out “Staying Safe at the Beach


As always, if you give any of these a go, we’d love to hear about it! Tag us in your pics on Facebook and Instagram