Get outside, get down to Torpoint and get in the water.
Our summers are gloriously down here and we like to make the most of them each year!
We love the water here in Cornwall and so do the thousands of visitors that travel down each summer to enjoy our beaches, catch a break on our legendary surf and take a dip in our lovely outdoor pools. During the winter the beaches are a little deserted. Without the summer sun, the majority of the tourists stay inside but you can always guarantee that you’ll see a dedicated crew of surfers throughout this low-season. From April onwards the days get longer and the sea gets warmer; little by little the beaches and the pools begin to come back to life.
If you’re thinking about trying your hand at some watersports this summer, then a useful date for your diary will be the annual Waterports Festival. Head to the Mount Batten Watersports Centre on the 5th May 2018 to take advantage of much cheaper sessions (£5 for a 1.5 hour taster). All you need to bring are an old pair of trainers, a spare t-shirt and a towel – the rest is all provided for you. Try everything from dinghy sailing to kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.
Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club
Founded in 1892, you’ll find the friendly members of the Torpoint Mosquito Sailing Club just below the Torpoint Ferry, handy if you’re making the crossing for a day trip. They offer a wide variety of courses in watersports including scuba diving, kayaks and dinghy sailing in addition to running a number of community projects focused at getting more people from the local area involved with the club.
Outdoor Swimming Pools
If you’d rather have a simple splash around in some water (without having to venture out into the open water) then there are a couple of outdoor swimming pools that offer a safe place to do just that – just be warned, you won’t find any pool heat pumps here, so the water may be a little chilly at first! Mount Wise Swimming Pool is a publicly operated swimming bath that is completely free of charge and only opens during the summer. If you’d prefer something a little saltier you can head to the Royal William Yard’s Tidal Pool. Filled with the warm summer sea, this pool is often warmer than the sea itself.
Hightide Sailing & Racing
Have you ever fancied taking the wheel of a real-life sail boat? Or taking part in a thrilling point-to-point race across open water? The team at Hightide Sailing & Racing are specialists in making that kind of dream come true. Choose from a number of options to fulfil your sailing fantasy: train towards an internationally recognised qualification, simply relax on a fully catered gourmet sailing cruise or plan your very own journey.
Adventure Bay: Surfing
Just a short drive from Torpoint, the guys at Adventure Bay have been operating since 2011, taking scores of eager individuals out on their super-accessible surf lessons. A team of three local lads set up the company and they’ve been offering personal surf lessons with an excellent safety record ever since. You can take your whole family out on a course together or send the kids out by themselves for a string of lessons – so you can take a much needed break.