Water Activities

Kent's coast is perfect when you want to get on, or in, the water. With pristine beaches and safe waters, this is a top destination for people who love to surf, paddle, swim and test their strength against the waves - and soak up some pretty beautiful scenery while they're at it.

Kent's numerous beaches and coastal towns have excellent facilities and tutors just itching to teach you a new passion or perfect your skills.

Surfers head for the swell-filled seas around Botany Bay near Broadstairs. There you can learn to ride the waves at Joss Bay Surf School or the Kent Surf School. Both also offer lessons in stand--up-paddle-boarding, for those no-swell days.            

Kent's more exposed coves draw swarms of kite-surfers, especially to gently shelving, sandy Minnis Bay and the shoreline off Romney Marsh. Or learn with the Kent Kitesurfing School or Aquilo Kiteboarding in Whitstable; Camber Kitesurfing in Greatstone and Surface to Air Sports in Greatstone and Dymchurch.            

Jet-ski junkies flock to the wide beaches of Herne Bay - start your own addiction with Jetski World, in Cliftonville near Margate, or on the 22-acre private lake of Action Watersports in Lydd with wakeboarding and water-skiing.            

Sailing Kent's stunning heritage coast is a delight. Two superb marinas make excellent bases: the historic Ramsgate Royal Harbour Marina, and award-winning Dover Marina. To learn, head to Bewl Water at Lamberhurst, Whitstable Yacht Club Elite Sailing on the Medway, or the Hythe and Saltwood Sailing Club.           

Top windsurfing locations include Minnis Bay and Whitstable - conditions are so good a world speed record was even set there. For lessons try Bewel Water, Whitstable Yacht Club and Leybourne Lakes Watersports Centre.     

Kent's calmer coastal and inland waters are ideal for kayaking and canoeing. Aficionados paddle the three spectacular routes that set out from both Sandgate and Sandwich Bay, or make for St Margaret's to glide below Kent's remarkable White Cliffs.

Canoe Wild in Canterbury offers fun days out for individuals, couples, families and groups, and you can stop at charming pubs at Grove Ferry or Forwich to refuel after your efforts on the River Stour. You can also learn to paddle at Bewl Water, Leybourne Lake Watersports Centre, Kent Canoes in Wrotham, or Seapoint Canoe and Kayak Centre.

And for the anglers out there, the 2.5 acre lake at Buckand Lake Reserve is the perfect place to get away from it all for a spot of fly or trout fishing.