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Canoeing & Kayaking Sunderland

Roker Beach, near Sunderland

  • Watersports at Roker Beach in Sunderland
  • Kayaking & canoeing activities offered
  • Group taster & individual sessions 
  • No need to swim - just be confident in water 


What's Included

  • A two hour paddlesports session
  • Choose from canoeing or kayaking (including sea kayaking)
  • Small group taster or 1:1 vouchers available
  • Welcome, introduction and safety briefing
  • All equipment required will be provided on the day
  • For the taster session you may form part of a small group
  • 1:1 sessions can be tailored to your requirements

What Can I Expect

Fun on the water with these watersports experiences in Sunderland! Choose canoeing or kayaking on the River Wear, or go sea kayaking from Roker Beach on the open waters. The choice is all yours! 

We are offering vouchers for shared group taster sessions or one-to-one private lessons for you to learn how to canoe or kayak. You’ll be on site for around two hours.

All activities are supervised and hosted by qualified instructors. They're all super friendly and patient, encouraging you all the time. The idea here is that everyone is welcome to come and have a go at whichever watersport you fancy.

And this sunny corner of Sunderland, with its calm estuary and large stretch of golden sand and a superb backdrop of cliffs and rocks, is a great place for trying out watersports like canoeing and kayaking.

Indeed, the family-friendly Roker Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status, meaning it is clean and safe and the waves aren't too big or intimidating.

Everything you need for your chosen watersport is included, you just need to bring swimwear, towel and a pair of shoes that you don't mind getting wet (and they have to be ones that won't come off!).

The watersports school hosting these experiences is Sunderland's finest. It boasts a prime position literally right on the beachfront and offers great facilities, including changing rooms, clothes lockers, hot showers and a teaching room. There’s also a great café next door too!


  • May to October weekdays and weekends 09:00 until 21:30
  • October to April weekends and some weekdays 09:00 until 17:00
  • Subject to availability and weather conditions


  • Sunderland Watersports Centre at Sunderland Marina

Suitable For

  • Minimum age 6
  • 6-8 year olds need to be accompanied by a participating adult
  • 9-16 year olds must be accompanied by a spectating adult
  • No experience is required however you must be water confident


  • Spectators are welcome to come along and watch

Anything Else

  • There are changing facilities and showers on site
  • Please bring swimwear and a towel
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