What to expect
It's a good idea to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time as there is a little 'faff' associated with boating activities, usually getting changed, allocating equipment, having a chat and deciding what to pack in the dry bag. We tailor sessions to a group and ask so what you would like to get from a session, if we don't already know. At the start of the session you will receive a short shore briefing covering:-
- The tour route or outline session plan
- Safety considerations including, communication, equipment and hazards
- An introduction on how to Stand Up Paddleboard
- Then it's time to hit the water
There will be plenty of time for asking questions and paddling tips are provided during the trip as appropriate.
What to wear
What to wear on a SUP is personal choice, but we recommend:-
- Spring: full length wetsuits are best even on sunny days as the water hasn't warmed up yet. It is always good to bring a wind proof jacket and warm hat even if we stow them in a dry bag. If you know you get cold it may be worth bringing gloves.
- Summer: a shortie wetsuit is ideal, but plenty of us paddle in summer with a full length wetsuit on. A wind proof and a hat are always a good idea for longer journeys or if you feel the cold.
- Autumn: The weather varies so much and the water is warm in Autumn. We would recommend a full length wetsuit (Winter wetsuit later in Autumn) and bring along spares of a waterproof jacket and hat. Wetsuit boots if you feel the cold and if the weather is cooler.
- On your feet: Stand up Paddle Boarding is easier bare feet, however many people opt to wear wetsuit shoes or old trainers, particularly for launching off rocky shores and on cold days neoprene boots are essential. The launch at Dennis Cove is a bit stony.
If you require a wetsuit we recommend hiring through Bathsheba Surf Shop in Perranporth and you will receive a discount if you mention SUP in a Bag.
What to bring?
- Bring a drinks bottle (reusable ideally) and small snack for two hour sessions
- Picnics or refreshment options will be discussed on booking for longer trips.
- Suncream, as the effects of the sun while on the water are stronger than on land. Don't forget your feet!
Bring a towel for the shore
Valuables and spares
We carry a dry bag for paddlers for anything they want to carry with them. For keys we put a dry bag inside a dry bag to keep them safe. There is limited space.
Dennis Cove on the Camel estuary
Map of Dennis Cove launch area
Beach, river, estuary or creek, even arrive in style in Padstow. This location has it all. Located next to the Camel Trail just 1 km from Padstow, the launch is from the small rocky beach.
Parking There is free on road parking and a small pull in on Porthilly view. The pull in provides safe unloading space even if you have to move to park on the surrounding streets. Do check parking restrictions as these are subject to change. This is a hot bed of activity and parking for people doing the Camel Trail and dog walkers. Allow plenty of time.
There are no facilities in the immediate vicinity, but a short walk away is Padstow, where there are public toilets.
If you have any questions at all please Contact Us.