Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding in Dorset

Below we’ve listed a few of the best places where you can hire a paddleboard in Dorset (aka SUP or Stand-Up Paddleboard). Usually the place where you can hire a board is right next to a beautiful place to take your board out onto the water. I’ve included a list of some of the best places to take your SUP at the bottom of the page.

The Watersports Academy (Sandbanks)

Address: 15 Banks Rd, Sandbanks, BH13 7PS (Google map)
Telephone: 01202 708283
Website: https://thewatersportsacademy.com
Description: With a great waterside location at Sandbanks the Watersports Academy offer a comprehensive selection of adventure activities, equipment hire and professional tuition.

Paddleboard Hire
1 hour £15pp / 24 hrs £65pp
includes paddleboard, paddle & life jacket.

Paddleboard Lessons
1 hour £25pp / 2 hour lesson & tour £40pp
includes tuition, paddleboard, paddle, life jacket & wetsuit

Paddleboard Harbour Tour
2 hours £40 Minimum of 3 per tour required.
includes tuition, paddleboard, paddle & life jacket

All prices subject to change. Info last checked/updated 01 June 2022

Fluid Surf Shop (Sandbanks)

Address: 4 Banks Rd, Sandbanks, BH13 7QB (Google map)
Telephone: 01202 619327
Website: https://www.redboathire.co.uk
Description: Fluid Surf Shop is mainly a clothing shop selling wetsuits and beach equipment. However they do have a small selection of stand-up paddleboards and kayaks for hire. The shop has on-site lockers and changing facilities.

Paddleboard Hire
1 hour £15, 2 hours £25
includes paddleboard, paddle & life jacket.

Paddleboard Lessons
1 hour tuition £25
includes tuition, paddleboard, paddle, life jacket

All prices subject to change. Info last checked/updated 01 June 2022

Studland Watersports (Knoll Beach, Studland)

Address: Knoll Beach, Studland, BH19 3AX (Google map)
Telephone: 
Website: http://studlandwatersports.co.uk
Description: Studland Watersports operate out of a small beach “shack” at Knoll Beach. They do, however, have quite a large range of watersports equipment that they hire our including pedaloes, waterbikes, kayaks, SUPs, windsurfers and sailing dinghies. They also offer waterskiing, wake boarding, powerboat rides and banana rides.

Paddleboard Hire
Standard S.U.P 1/2 hour £10
Large S.U.P 1/2 hour £15
Monster S.U.P 1/2 hour £25
includes paddle board, paddle & life jacket.

All prices subject to change. Info last checked/updated 01 June 2022

Fore Adventure (Middle Beach, Studland)

Address: The Hutquarters, Middle Beach, Studland, BH19 3AP (Google map)
Telephone: 01929 761515
Website: https://www.foreadventure.co.uk
Description: Services include kayaking tours to Old Harry Rocks, bushcraft, standup paddleboard, kayak fishing, snorkelling, foraging and feasting. Stunning location. Fore Adventures is a family run business that offers a personal experience with professional and safe tuition rather than just hourly-rate equipment hire.

Paddleboard Hire
1 hour £15
includes paddleboard, paddle & life jacket.

Paddleboard Lessons
2 hour lesson £40
includes tuition, paddleboard, paddle, life jacket & wetsuit

Paddleboard Half Day Old Harry Rocks Tour
Half day £60 (intermediate level)
includes tuition, paddleboard, paddle & life jacket

All prices subject to change. Info last checked/updated 01 June 2022

Wareham Boat Hire (Wareham)

Address: Abbots Quay, Wareham, BH20 4LW – on the opposite side of the bridge to main Wareham Quay and Old Granary restaurant. (Google map)
Telephone: 01929 550688
Website: https://www.warehamboathire.co.uk
Description: Wareham Boat Hire Ltd was established more than 60 years ago and offers small self-drive motor boats, kayaks, canoe, paddleboard and rowing boat hire. Also available are guided boat trips and tuition / RYA powerboat courses.

Paddleboard Hire
half hour £12.50, 1 hour £17.50, two hours £30, 3 hours £40, half day £50, full day £75.

All prices subject to change. Info last checked/updated 01 June 2022

The Official Test Centre (Portland / Weymouth)

Address: Osprey Quay, Portland, DT5 1SA
Telephone: 01305 230296
Website: https://otc-watersports.com
Description: Offer windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddleboarding tuition within the grounds of the National Sailing Academy on Portland.

Adventure4All (Portland / Weymouth)

Address: They operate activities at a number of locations in Weymouth & Portland
Telephone: 07870 659081
Website: http://www.adventure4all.co.uk
Description: Coasteering, Paddleboarding, Kayaking and Rock Climbing tuition based around Weymouth and Portland

Best Locations for Paddle Boarding in Dorset

Sandbanks, Poole Harbour

Sandbanks at Poole Harbour is a great place to learn and practice because there is plenty of waterside parking (Banks Road Google map), there’s easy access to the water via several slips ways and the water is shallow for literally hundreds of meters out which means when you fall off the water only goes up to your knees 🙂

Middle Beach & South Beach, Studland

Stunning location with Old Harry Rocks as the perfect backdrop. Easy beach front parking at the National Trust Car Park at Knoll Beach or a short walk down from Middle Beach Car Park.

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