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TK Watersports provides a five star rated kayak and paddleboard hire service across Devon and Cornwall, from Sennen Cove to Sidmouth, from Barnstable to Plymouth.
Darren and the team at TK Watersports Devon & Cornwall can’t wait to meet you.
Rated 5 stars on our own website, on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google by our customers, we are TKL Leisure Ltd, the owners of the TK Watersports brand. We are the authorised operators of TK Watersports in a multi-franchise area of
Plymouth, West Devon and North & South East Cornwall (TK Watersports Tamar Valley)
Torbay & South Devon (TK Watersports South Devon),
Exeter & East Devon (TK Watersports East Devon),
Barnstable & North Devon (TK Watersports North Devon),
Falmouth, Penzance & West Cornwall (TK Watersports West Cornwall).
We provide top quality kayak hire, trips and excursions. We can even arrange with our partner company, personal watercraft hire and excursions too! Plus we only use the very best equipment from Islander®, Wavesport®, Palm Equipment, Aztron, and Seadoo.
Paddle the four local rivers around Plymouth, Saltash, St. Germans, Millbrook and Torpoint, or go kayak surfing at Bantham, or explore the sandy beaches of the Cornish Coast. For that longer trip paddle from Saltash to Calstock and back on the wonderful River Tamar. Why not wonder along the coastline of Wembury and Heybrook Bay in South Devon or the beaches around Torbay, or paddle the River Dart. Or you can try exploring Exeter Canal and stopping off for a pub lunch at Double Locks! Or with our friends at Mayflower Jetski Tours, why not take a thrill seeking, high speed ride across Plymouth Sound! Kayaking, or jet skiing, the choice is yours and Devon and Cornwall are your playground!
We’ve now been operating for ten years and in 2021, we celebrate our tenth anniversary.
At TK Watersports™ you’ll find a highly reputable Devon and Cornwall based kayak hire and excursion company with years of experience providing safe, insured, top quality sit on kayaks, and sit in kayak hire. All of our kayaks are fitted with GPS trackers provided by Vodafone, and we pride ourselves on keeping all our kayaks well maintained in first class condition, and updated. In fact, we’ve invested over £25,000 in new equipment over the last three years!
Paddlesports is overseen and governed by British Canoeing, and we follow their guidance. We provide comprehensive safety briefings from our in-house team of highly experienced and fully trained instructors and guides, who are trained by our in house former SAS instructor Pete Bray! We carry £5 Million of Public Liability and £1 Million of Professional Indemnity Insurance for your peace of mind.
So you can rest assured that your hired kayak from TK Watersports™ is a safe vessel from which to explore the water. After all, we’ve been doing, what we do since we launched in August 2011 as Tamar Kayak Hire, becoming TK Watersports in 2014, and we have seen competitors come and go!
From our headquarters in Plymouth, we operate from the first Saturday in April to the last Sunday in October each year, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK. Please note we do not operate from 1st November to 31st March each year. To book your kayak hire give us a call on 01752 601617 or 07939 483737 today!
Our current GPS tracked kayak fleet of boats consists of -
And we also have one road trailer that can hold 8 boats!
At TK Watersports, we don‘t cut corners on your safety. Ww also have a selection of the finesst top of the range buoyancy aids, dry tops, cags and paddles in both left handed and right handed varieties, all from the leading manufacturers, Palm Eqiopment.
All our kayaks are British made. The Jive, and Calypso kayaks are made at the Palm factory in Clevedon, just outside Bristol and the Scooter and Scooter Gemini kayaks are made at the Gaybo factory in Brighton!
Your highly experienced guides, Plymouth, UK based Darren Evans, Gavin Bennett, Linzi Taylor, John Griffiths, Simon Tucker and Pete Bray all look forward to paddling with you.
Hi, I'm Darren, the Chief Instructor, and Chief Executive Officer of TKL Leisure Ltd, a British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor, and a local boy through and through, I am a member of the Water Safety Team with the RNLI in Plymouth, and I have been paddling for well over 35 years with extensive experience of the Exeter Canal, Plymouth Sound and the local rivers. With many years teaching experience, I am also a qualified emergency field medic, and hold the following tickets -
BC Paddlesport Instructor (Kayaks)
BC Foundation Safety and Rescue (Kayaks & Paddleboards)
RYA Personal Watercraft (PWC) Licenced Operator
RYA Marine Radio Operator
CAA Aviation Radio Operator
SJA First Aid at Work
SJA Medical Gases (Oxygen and Entonox)
SJA AED Defibrillation.
I will soon also have the RYA Personal Watercraft Instructor, and PWC Rescue Certificates.
I started kayaking whilst still at school which inspired me to join the local canoeing club, the Port of Plymouth Canoe Association. When I moved to Farnborough in 1996, I continued kayaking on the River Blackwater, and the canals and lakes of the Blackwater Valley. I then came back to Devon three years later, taking a new posting with the Driving Standards Agency as an ADI instructor and examiner. I left the DSA eleven years later to set up and run TKL Leisure Ltd and TK Watersports.
When I'm not working at TK Watersports, I‘m on my day job with Royal Mail. I also work as a freelance PWC instructor‘s assistant. When not working you’ll find me on the water or in the air as I'm also a CAA private pilot on single engine prop aircraft, or tinkering about in my award winning rose garden!
I’m available daytimes, evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays by appointment. British Canoeing coach number 472691
I'm Gavin. I’m one of the authorised safety boat operators at TKL Leisure Ltd. I first learnt to kayak as a youngster, on Drakes island. I've been a regular Plymouth sound paddler for the last 35 years. I've also paddled in Arctic Norway and around the Canaries and the far corners of the British Isles. My paddling preference is using sea kayaks. More surfing and rock hopping orientated than a2b distance paddling. I'm an active member of Port of Plymouth Canoe Association, and lead recreational and sea kayak paddling trips for the club. I'm also hold the following -
BC Sea Kayak Leader
RYA Powerboat Level 2
RYA Powerboat Instructor
RYA Marine Radio Operator
RYA Safety Boat Captain
Emergency First Aid
and cover a lot of swim events.
I've been lucky to paddle with orcas and humpbacks in Norway and Hammerheads and Loggerheads in warmer waters. Can't promise aquatic wildlife in Plymouth sound but if anything is around, I know where they're likely to be spotted, and at what times they generally make an appearance.
I’m the deputy chief instructor at TK Watersports™ and I conduct our introduction to paddlesport courses. Outside of TK Watersports™, I work in the building trade and I‘m also a paddlesport instructor with The Port of Plymouth Canoeing Association. I’m available weekdays except Thursdays and at weekends.
When it comes to kayaking, you name it, former SAS instructor and world record holder Pete Bray’s done it! One of the most experienced kayakers you’ll ever meet, Pete is the third person to paddle solo across the Atlantic, but he’s the first to have paddled West to East, from the USA to Ireland without using sails, and he carried out the trip, SOLO!
We’re pleased to have Pete as part of the team and he’s our Head of Training, keeping our instructors and guides trained and up to date.
Pete also teaches outdoor survival skills holding regular camps on Dartmoor and classes in mountaineering. He also has a passion for motorcycling and loves time riding his Triumph!
Pete even has his own Wikipedia page, lucky man!
Pete is available by prior booking only.
John, our gentle giant and weekday guide, is one of our most popular guides and great with the kids! A Brummie at heart, John is a real asset to the TK Watersports™ team! John currently assists the instructional team whilst working towards gaining his instructor qualifications.
Originally from Birmingham in the West Midlands, John is an expert in the field of logistics and an keen avid kayaker. To be truthful, he’s a bit of a show off on the water! John may come from a landlocked city but he’s right at home on the water!.
When not working at TK Watersports™ John works as a delivery driver for a well known pizza chain. John is available weekdays.
Simon is one of our authorised safety boat operators. Simon Tucker has been kayaking for four year full time as sea scout won his under 15‘s summer mile and half race. He has done white water kayaking with the Army in 2002 in Canada, sailing with scouts as well jetskiing for 1 year and three weeks. He enjoys most water sports and will try anything once happy to help or teach if he can. He always enjoy a good banter. He is ex-army and lived in Plymouth for the last 18 months.
Holds the following certificates.
RYA PWC Proficiency
Basic First Aid
One of the newest members of the team, Tavistock based Linzi has many years of kayaking experience and is an excellent guide. Linzi is available most Saturdays for a gentle paddle around Calstock, Gunnislake, Morwellham Quay and the River Tamar.
She is also working towards gaining her instructor qualifications with TK Watersports™ and is often assisting our instructors on group paddles. Linzi also provides fantastic ground based support at the annual Paddlefest each year!
Jukey is our Nissan Juke! Well someone’s got to get us from A to B. He’s used to tow our kayak and safety boat trailers.
We put the safety of our customers at the heart of everything we do, so we’ve invested in ‘Tehree Keya‘, our Seadoo GTI LE RFI 800cc Direct Injection 2-stroke personal watercraft which we use as our safety watercraft. Having gone through a complete engine rebuild to ensure reliability, the fully refurbished watercraft is finished in TK Watersports colours.
It is equipped with two way marine radio, rescue sled (as used by the RNLI), first aid kits, fenders, flares, additional cags, swimming torpedo buoys (like the ones on Baywatch), throw lines, night time navigation lights, 12v power point, fuel caddy (to carry extra fuel) and towlines. With this, we’re able to get you safely back on your kayak in the event you have capsized.
The watercraft which is extremely manoeuvrable, is capable of carrying two people in addition to the operator and can be with you fast thanks to its top on the water speed of 45mph.
SAFETY WATERCRAFT SERVICE STATUS
5 STARS - We, a group of 7, booked half a day canoeing experince with TK watersports and thanks to Darren, Gavin and Jon, all in all, we had an amazing time! Darren provided a top notch service from booking to canoeing day experience. He provided flexibility on dates and times as the weather was so unpredictable. I, along with my family, had an amazing day learning how to canoe, whilst taking in the beauty of Plymouth! They were all very friendly and kept us entertained while sharing their knowledge of Plymouth with us, which made the experince even more interesting. Gavin even towed the kids when they got tired of rowing! Once again, thank you for this wonderful experience!!
5 STARS - Excellent service from Darren and Gavin for our family. Darren was very helpful on the phone to guide and book everything and Gavin was very helpful during our first ever Kayaking experience. TK Watersports provided all the necessary equipment/gear for us to make us feel secure and comfortable at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended for anyone who want to give Kayaking a go.
5 STARS - When I phoned up to book a days kayaking Darren was extremely helpful sorting out a route for me and charged a very reasonable price... Had a great day on the water and couldn't ask for better service!! A+
5 STARS - Superb service, and support. They always put safety first and had a jetski and a guide with us to help and teach our group.
5 STARS - Great service. Gave us some recommendations and quick safety tips before heading off. Comes with all safety gear and pouches for valuables. We called the night before, and Darren found us a slot for the next day. Really easy to organise, will definitely Use again, a great day!
5 STARS - Great service highly recommend
5 STARS - I’d highly recommend Darren and co! We had the most fantastic time. What an experience! They were very patient with me and we had so much fun. Hugely knowledgeable and great value too! They even surprised us with sandwiches. Will see you again! Thank you!
5 STARS - Yesterday was our second time using the services of TK and they didn't disappoint. Very reasonably priced hire of quality kayaks, and we all had a great time! 5 star service throughout.
5 STARS - Had a brilliant time earlier this week, thanks Darren. We really enjoyed going over to the island, learning some interesting things on the way and of course learning to paddle - Harry and I were novices but we soon got to grips with it. Great tuition from Darren, the kit was all good and safety was second to none. Would definitely recommend and hope maybe to book again on another trip to Plymouth. Good luck with all you've got planned Darren.
5 STARS - Darren gave us (group of novice kayaker's) a great day out. All his kit is high quality and safe - he was an excellent guide and instructor combining fun, safety and skill
5 STARS - Thanks Darren, great day out kayaking down The Carrick Roads. Great advice & tuition helped me get the hang of it very quickly. Look forward to our next trip out.
5 STARS - Never Kayaked before, Went with TK Watersports . Darren the instructor was very good at teaching the basics of Kayaking to myself and Alison, he offered good advice. and was coaching us on the safety aspects of kayaking. The location was excellent. Exeter Canal . ideal for a first timer. Would happily recommend to others.
5 STARS - Hired 6 kayaks for 6 hours for myself and visiting friends. We all thoroughly enjoyed it! We didn't want a tour guide as I'm familiar with the Plymouth bay, but the option was there. Darren, very friendly, dropped the kayaks off at a beach of our choice, and collected them again at the end. Cash or card accepted for hire. Really good kayaks - comes with free use of late jackets, helmets, waterproof bags, paddles, backrests for kayaks. Would 100% do again!
Call Plymouth 01752 601617
or mobile 07462 427327
Unit PL204, Westcountry Storage Solutions, Ernesettle Lane, Plymouth, PL5 2SA
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MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO
During this recent crisis with COVID19, TK Watersports like many other businesses, have evolved, partly thanks to grant funding received. We can now offer many more activities in more locations through our trusted network of franchised providers and operators. This is in addition to our core services offered by ourselves in the Devon & Cornwall area.
I’d like to thank those franchisees for coming onboard the TK Watersports platform and look forward to a rewarding year ahead.