Let the sea be your blue gym. You can search out the perfect activity for your ability, whether you’re seeking something for beginners or a more advanced adventure.

Sea swimming

East Devon is a fabulous place to swim, with lots of lovely, safe beaches and a variety of scenery. Please be reminded that outdoor and cold-water swimming can be dangerous. You can find a number of small clubs and friends groups via Devon and Cornwall Wild Swimming

Exmouth, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth beaches have lifeguards in the summer months.  While Exmouth does have more sand it does have strong tides. So, for a safety-first approach head to Sidmouth.

If you want crystal, clear water but with the pay off of large pebbles go to Budleigh Salterton beach. 


Although no match for North Devon, when the waves are working, surfers suddenly appear from nowhere on Sidmouth beach. But only when the waves are breaking on the sand. You can see what’s happening with the waves via the Sidmouth Esplanade webcam.  

Gig Clubs

Get your fitness to new levels with sea rowing or just enjoy the comradeship of the clubs on regatta days. Sidmouth, Exmouth and Lyme Regis gig clubs are open to new members and offer introductory sessions and taster days.

For more information:

Email Sidmouth: sidmouthgigclub@gmail.com

Exmouth: exmouthgigclub.com

Lyme Regis: lymeregisgigclub.com

Sailing Clubs

East Devon clubs are family orientated with sailing encouraged from an early age. There’s a healthy and friendly competitiveness amongst their sailors. Their clubhouse offer restaurant and bar areas with outside space to watch the races.

Exe Sailing Club

Sidmouth Sailing Club

Beer Sailing Club

Paddle boarding     

The following businesses operate in the summer and school holidays from Easter to October. The teams that run them put safety first and provide support if required.

Jurassic Paddle Sports

Sidmouth Beach, by rock island and the Life Saving Surf Club.

Tel: 07580 161367

Email: Jurassicpaddlesports@gmail.com

Get on the water and experience the fun of being out in nature and staying fit and healthy in a SUP and Kayak. All ages and abilities welcome.

Budleigh Paddle Sports

Budleigh Salterton Beach

Tel: 07745 526596

Email: mail@budleighpaddlesports.co.uk

Ian and Moss provide guided tours, or you’re welcome you to hire their SUPs and sit on top kayaks on your own.  Safety first and customer service is their mantra.

Edge Watersports

Sideshore, Queen’s Drive Space, Exmouth EX8 2GD

Tel: 01395 222551

Email: info@edgewatersports.com

Edge Watersports provides top quality tuition and has a plethora of gear to rent or buy. Embrace a new sport or simply come and get some advice from one of the world’s most famous kitesurfing families –Team Bridge.

Sea Kayak Exmouth

Lime Kiln car park, Granary Lane, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6JD

Tel: 07814 405803

Email: info@seakayakexmouth.co.uk  

Explore the Exe Estuary, with golden sands and beautiful sea close to its base in Exmouth. Sign up for a tour as a family, individual or group.

Exmouth Watersports

Royal Avenue, Exmouth, EX8 1DG

Tel: 01395 276599

Email: info@exmouthwatersports.co.uk

Come, make a splash. Enjoy lessons in windsurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking and the Mega sups. Equipment available for hire.

Lyme Kayak Hire

The Tackle Box, Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, DT7 3JF

Tel: 01297 443373

Lyme’s best water sports provided. Head to the metal box on the beach front.