Cornwall is the ideal place to enjoy watersports. With a variety of water-based activities in Cornwall and lots of companies available, we’ve put together some recommendations of activities and local companies. From snorkelling, diving and surfing to canoeing, kayaking and boating, there is so much choice! Guests can try jet bodyboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding or simply yachting or sea swimming, there’s something for everyone!

We recommend companies throughout Cornwall but the best places for watersports activities in Cornwall are Newquay and Falmouth, both around a 30 minute drive from Merchant House and both accessible by bus from Truro. You can also reach Falmouth by train.

Merchant House makes the ideal base for a watersports break in Cornwall. Check in and enjoy our free car parking, complimentary tea/coffee and afternoon treat on arrival and free WiFi then return from a day on the water to a comfy bed, a hot shower, washing and drying facilities to dry your wetsuits and a delicious full English breakfast to fuel you for another exhilarating day out in the fresh Cornish sea air! We can even pack you a packed lunch to take on your journey.

Find out more about booking a watersports break at Merchant House by contacting us today. All watersports activities must be booked directly with the companies below.


Watersports Companies in Cornwall

Here are some local watersports activity companies in Cornwall that we recommend:

Diving in Cornwall

Kennack Diving

Kennack Diving is the most Southerly Dive Centre in Mainland Britain. They teach a full range of PADI courses from Bubblemaker up to Assistant Instructor as well as many specialist dive qualifications. As a beginner if you are aged 8 -80 & are reasonably fit, they offer a Discover SCUBA trial dives in their own heated swimming pool.

Anyone over the age of 12 can then follow this with a trial dive in the sea, where you are guaranteed an unforgettable encounter with the local marine life. Kennack Diving offer Bespoke Guided dives here in the warm clear Gulfstream fed waters off the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.

Prolific Marine life is guaranteed, with maybe the chance of sighting Basking Sharks, Dolphins & Seals. Kennack Diving is run by two experienced local instructors & with over 7000 dives between them they offer a wealth of friendly advice to visiting divers & their families.

diving and watersports breaks

Atlantic SCUBA

Atlantic SCUBA is a multi agency dive centre. They can take you on your first diving experience, or on a deep water exploration dive for the technical diver. Their school teaches a wide range of courses, from training agencies such as PADI, SDI, TDI, PSAI and Microdive. The retail shop offers a comprehensive range of diving equipment and they also service certain makes of equipment and test SCUBA diving cylinders on site. They can fill your cylinders with air or nitrox, up to 300 bar.

Atlantic SCUBA operate a shuttle dive boat service from Mylor, near Falmouth, running out to dive sites like the Mohegan, Volnay, Hera and the Manacles. They can also offer full boat charter for SCUBA diving, free diving or wildlife watching.