The Coast with the Most
PUBLISHED: 14:39 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 23:48 24 April 2013
From kayaking to kitesurfing the Bournemouth coast and Poole harbour offer a wealth of exhilarating watersports to try and expert tuition
The Dorset coast line is made for sailing, more than a 100 sailing events took place in the waters last year, its no wonder that the waters off Weymouth hosted the Olympic sailing events last year; it is also home to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) which offers world-class facilities to both able and disabled sailors. Dinghy sailing is a great sport for anyone to try, whatever their age or ability. The Sailing School at WPNSA is operated by SailLaser, an RYA recognised training centre, and offers bespoke tuition, class race training events, pre-regatta training and hire of boats. (wpnsa.org.uk or sail-laser.com)
Just along the coast Poole Harbour with its sheltered shallow waters is an ideal spot for beginners to learn. There are lots of sailing schools around this huge natural harbour as well as some excellent marinas. For experienced sailors wanting to go further afield the Isle of Wight and Dorset’s magnificent Jurassic coastline beckon. if you’re more of a ‘sit back and enjoy the view’ kind of sailor then let a trained skipper charter you around the Dorset coastline for a really special day out. For lessons and boat hire try Rockely Watersports (rockleywatersports.com) or Hamworthy Outdoor Education Centre (hamworthyoecentre.co.uk). For yacht charters try Spinnaker Yachts (spinnaker-yachts.com).
Exploring Dorset’s coastline by kayak gives you the chance to get closer to wildlife as well as get away from the crowds. There is a wealth of venues around Poole harbour offering kayak hire and tuition. If the getting close to wildlife aspect interests you then take a guided kayak safari in one of the clear-bottomed kayaks from Dorset Wildlife Trust at Kimmeridge Bay to see the watery world underneath you.(dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk). For lessons and kayak hire try the following:
The Watersports Academy (thewatersportsacademy.com), Poole Harbour Watersports (pooleharbour.co.uk), Rockley Watersports (rockleywatersports.com), Land and Wave (landandwave.co.uk) and Sorted Surf Shop at Boscombe (sortedsurfshop.co.uk). In Christchurch, which also has a lovely safe harbour, try Shore Sports (shoresports.co.uk), Christchurch Kayaking (christchurchkayaking.co.uk) and Avonmouth Watersports (avonmouth-watersports.co.uk).
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Stand-up paddleboarding is perfect for those who find surfing too full on. You simply stand on a board, similar to a surfboard, and use a full length paddle for propulsion. It’s quick and easy to master - use it for a leisurely paddle or an energetic upper-body workout. The shallow waters of Poole are perfect for this trendy sport, if you’re feeeling really energetic you could paddle from Bournemouth to Poole! For board hire and lessons try: Sorted Surf Shop at Boscombe (sortedsurfshop.co.uk), Bournemouth Surf School (bournemouthsurfschool.co.uk),
The Watersports Academy (thewatersportsacademy.com), Poole Harbour Watersports (pooleharbour.co.uk), Rockley Watersports (rockleywatersports.com) and Land and Wave (landandwave.co.uk). The windsurfing centre at WPNSA also provides paddle boarding both for hire and coached sessions (wpnsa.org.uk).
For those who like their sports to come with a buzz of adrenaline wakeboarding firmly ticks the box. It is basically snowboarding on water as you are pulled behind a speed boat while you ride the waves on a single board. For the less confident knee-boarding will still be thrilling but is about the easiest boat-pulled water sport around. With ski lanes stretching for miles and miles, Poole Harbour is the perfect place to learn to wakeboard. For lessons and hire try The Watersports Academy (thewatersportsacademy.com), Poole Harbour Watersports (pooleharbour.co.uk) and Rockley Watersports (rockleywatersports.com).
For beginner windsurfers the shallow sheltered waters of Poole Harbour offer a safe place to get to grips with this exciting sport. For those who are more experienced the coastline is used as a training ground by Olympic champions such as Nick Dempsey. At the WPNSA is the Official Test Centre (OTC) - a purpose built centre which showcases the modern sport of windsurfing. The OTC’s affiliated RYA Training Centre teaches windsurfing at any level and the onsite shop - Puravida Boardrider - provides a unique opportunity to compare the latest boards and sails in favourable conditions. For Poole harbour try Poole Windsurfing (poolewindsurfing.co.uk),The Watersports Academy (thewatersportsacademy.com), Poole Harbour Watersports (pooleharbour.co.uk) and Rockley Watersports (rockleywatersports.com).
This extreme sport is definitely one for thrill-seekers as it uses a sail attached to your body via a harness to pull you across the water on a board; if the wind is strong enough you’ll find yourself flying through the air above the waves! So the stronger the wind, the higher and faster the ride. Poole Harbour offers a safe sheltered spot to master the basics so you can get the hang of handling and controlling the sail and carving through the water at speed. For experienced kitesurfers the 10-mile stretch of coastline from Bournemouth to Poole offers unlimited space to practice your killer loops. Good tuition in this sport is vital so try The Watersports Academy (thewatersportsacademy.com), Poole Harbour Watersports (pooleharbour.co.uk) and Rockley Watersports (rockleywatersports.com).
The Bournemouth and Boscombe coast is the ideal spot to dip your toe into the world of surfing. There are several excellent surf schools offering expert tuition, whether you are a total beginner (whatever your age) or looking to brush up on your technique. Boscombe is the official surf capital of Bournemouth and offers a surf reef as well as hot showers. Try Sorted Surf Shop at Boscombe (sortedsurfshop.co.uk) and the Bournemouth Surf School (bournemouthsurfschool.co.uk).
For a wonderfully exhilarating way to discover the Dorset coastline try a jetski safari with an expert instructor by your side. Jetski Safaris in Poole will take you on a tour of Poole Harbour, the second largest natural harbour in the world, before taking off to explore areas such as the chalk pinnacles at Old Harry Rocks, Dancing Ledge and Lulworth Cove. If you want to see this special part of the coast in a different way this is the watersport for you! For more details visit jetskisafaris.co.uk.
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The Coast With The Most is an online resource that has everything you need for the ultimate watersports experience in Bournemouth & Poole including where to find expert tuition, watersports hire, tide times and weather reports. To find out more visit coastwiththemost.com.