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About: Paddleboarding has been becoming increasingly popular and in Poole, you can enjoy both the tranquility of paddleboarding and even a spot of paddleboard yoga on the calm waters, or you can have some good fun paddleboarding when there's a bit of a swell on Poole's coastline.
Paddleboard Hire and Schools: Sandbanks Paddleboard Hire offer free delivery and collection in central Poole, Poole Harbour Watersports have a range of wetsuits, inflatable and hard SUPs for hire or for sale. The Watersports Academy on Banks Road have kit for hire but it's popular with wind and kitesurfers so might be a bit crowded for Paddleboarding when it's windy.
TGt's favourite Paddleboarding spot: Sandbanks Peninsula for experiencing the beauty, calmness and clear waters
Kitesurfing and Windsurfing
About: Poole is home to some of the best wind and kitesurfing spots in the UK. If you're looking for the best kite-surfing and windsurfing spots in Poole then we recommend you head to Poole Harbour, Sandbanks Beach and Banks Road where there's plentiful street and off road car parking, a kitsurfing shop and school and plenty of sandy areas to launch from.
These beaches boast shallow bay and are great spot for learners as you can safely walk almost 200m out. Conditions are often flat with a just a bit of chop.
We really like Hamworthy too which is on the north bank; it's a flat to choppy south-facing spot that works in south-east to north-westerly winds. There's plenty of areas to launch, it doesn't tend to get too busy and there's plentiful parking close by. Follow signs to Poole Lifting Bridge for Hamworthy Park and Beach.
Wind and Kitesurfing Hire and Schools: No hire or schools in Hamworthy, the nearest spot for lessons would be Rockley point.
TGt's favourite Wind/Kitesurfing spot: Banks Road, Sandbanks for it's large launch areas, good atmosphere, facilities and parking.
Kayaking and Canoeing
About: There's so much coastline to enable you to enjoy some fun on a kayak or canoe in Poole. You can also Kayak in Poole Park Lake (Rockley) and if you're feeling fit, why not kayak or canoe around Brownsea Island? It's free to land on the south side of the Island and it's quieter this end too, you'll be able to see a lot, so well worth doing.
Kayak and Canoe Shops: For a specialist Kayak and Canoe shop, we recommend you go just outside of Poole to Bournemouth to Bournemouth Canoes.
TGt's favourite Kayaking/Canoeing spot: A trip around Brownsea Island
About: The conditions for surfing in and around Poole aren't consistent, but you can have a lot of fun in stunning locations when it does work.
There are a number of surf schools, shops and surf cafes in the area which tend to be open year-round.
If you like a bit of a reef break we recommend you take a trip across to Kimmeridge Bay; we love it here when the conditions are right. It's popular with long-boarders with it's long, fun and mellow reefbreaks. Watch out for a few rocks and rips. You'll need to park near the slipway and walk to the cliffs on the east. No facilities so bring your own food and drink if you're thinking of spending some time here.
Bournemouth Beach, Southbourne and Branksome and lovely spots when there's a bit of a swell and really good for beginners too.
We particularly recommend you head to Branksome Dene as there's some lovely breaks there which tend to be fairly consistent. The waves can be small but they're perfect for learning and for long boarders. You can get some really awesome clean waves there too so it's definitely worth keeping an eye on. The fantastic surf school Shaka Surf is based there too so you can hire your kit and have lessons too!
Surf Hire and Schools: Shaka Surf in Branksome is a really popular surf school in a good location, Poole Harbour Watersports for a wide selection of kit hire or purchases. We love Coast. Fine Surf + Moto located on Salterns Road. It's a fantastic hub for all things surfing; repairs, surfboard sales and they also have a fantastic cafe and regular events; well worth a visit.
TGt's favourite surf spot: Kimmeridge when it's working
Scuba Diving and Snorkelling
About: With sheltered clear waters, diverse sealife and numerous diving and snorkelling clubs in Poole, it's a popular sport amongst locals and tourists; with diving and snorkelling enthusiasts travelling from across the country. We absolutely love snorkelling around Studland Bay and Kimmeridge Bay. There are various activities too including snorkel safaris or snorkelling from kayaks.
Diving and Snorkelling Equipment and Schools: Poole Diving is the place to go for courses, equipment and diving events.
TGt's favourite Snorkelling spot: Snorkelling in Studland Bay when there's no-one else around is our idea of bliss!