Dorset is an ideal county for enjoying the pleasures of water-based activity whether it is sailing, diving, surfing, swimming (in lovely isolated coves or by child friendly beaches) or on of our leisurely Boat Trips for a different perspective of the amazing Jurassic Coast.
Coasteering is now a hugely popular water based activity, see Dorset's dramatic coast up close and personal as you climb it, abseil from it and throw yourself off it!
Location of the 2012 Olympic Sailing at Weymouth, Portland has raised the profile of sailing tuition in Dorset above other locations, Devon and Cornwall. All levels of ability are catered for along with inspiration from the National Sailing Academy, which trains the elite of the sport.
So if you want to learn to sail, scuba dive, kite-surf, sea kayak or just paddle on the beach, Dorset has the coast line for you. Spend all day out on the water then come home and relax in your Dorset Coastal Cottage.
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With coverage of the entire Dorset coast from Lyme Regis to Bournemouth and Christchurch iCoast is the definitive guide to all available watersports in Dorset.
iCoast provides a fully interactive experience with all possible recommendations for dive spots, surf spots, sea kayaking, kite surfing and sailing. In addition the site can direct you to who to contact for coasteering, water-skiing and wake-boarding.
The site even has up to date links for public transport to access everything that Dorset's fantastic coastline has to offer.
Land and Wave are primarily based on the Isle of Purbeck and specialise in waterbased adventure activities.
If you haven't tried coasteering before then it is an experience of a lifetime. Coasteering gives you the ultimate in alternative views of Dorset's magnificent coastline. Experience Dorset's wild beauty as you climb its cliffs, explore its caves and hurl yourself into its deepest plunge pools!
Land and Wave, in addition to coasteering, also organise climbing, sea kayaking, mountain biking and bush craft adventures.
Dorset is a fabulous destination for diving with wrecks at every depth for every level of diver.
Divers Down is Britain's oldest dive school established in 1958, and can arrange everything from just air refills to an all inclusive double dive with Nitrox. They also do all Padi courses from intro dives to Divemaster.
If you just fancy a distraction for a few hours then a dive at the Swanage pier is highly recommended, just grab the gear from Divers Down and wander on in to visit the many weird pier creatures that lie beneath. From crustaceans to large wrasse there's all sorts under the pier!
Situated on Middle Beach in Studland, Dorset.
Studland Sea School arranges guided sea kayak tours and courses on the Isle of Purbeck.
A sea kayak is a wonderful way to escape the crowds on Studland Beach and enjoy views of Old Harry Rocks and Kimmeridge under the expert guidance of one of their BCU level 3 qualified instructors. Tours of Poole Harbour are also very popular.
Stay at one of our many Studland self catering holiday cottages and join Studland Sea School on an adventure around some of Dorset's most beautiful coastline.
Second Wind are based at the end of the sea wall in Preston, Weymouth. In addition to having a fantastic shop that sells clothing and equipment for most watersports they also arrange many activities on the water.
Jurassic Kayak Tours are very popular and give an unique perspective of the area around Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. These sea kayaking tours can also be combined with another of their specialist watersports, such as coasteering, to create a full day adventure package.
Kite Surfing courses and stand up paddle board hire are also available.
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