• A 2 hour watersports session for two people
• Choose from canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, body boarding, surfing, pier jumping or bell boating on the day (dependent on weather conditions)
• Canoeing - Great for leisure paddling
• Kayaking - A fun and rewarding lesson
• Stand up Paddleboarding - Taster session from a state of the art water-side location
• Surfing - Learn the basics of surfing or fine tune your surfing technique
• Pier Jumping - Learn how to safely take part in a jump off Roker Pier
• Bell Boating - Work together to provide the momentum to get the activity moving
What Can I Expect
Fun in and on the water with these watersports experiences in Sunderland! The way these sessions work is really cool. You buy your voucher for two, book your date and then you get to choose which watersports activity you fancy doing from a whole load that are laid on for you on the day at this impressive centre.
So what sort of watersports are on offer in Sunderland? Well, you can go on the water with canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding or even bell boating. For the uninitiated, a bell boat is like two large side-by-side canoes connected by a platform - and you all have to paddle in time. Then there’s surfing and bodyboarding. And last but definitely not least, there’s pier jumping. Sounds mad? Well, yes it is a bit…
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 they fancy. And this sunny corner of Sunderland, with its large stretch of golden sand and superb backdrop of cliffs and rocks is a great place for watersports.
Roker is a family-friendly beach just north of Sunderland's city centre and has been awarded Blue Flag state, meaning it is clean and safe. The waters are ideal for getting to grips with all those paddle and board sports, as the waves aren’t too huge or intimidating.
The watersports school is Sunderland’s finest. It boasts a prime position right on the beachfront and offers great facilities, including changing rooms, clothes lockers, hot showers and a teaching room. 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!).
So the surf’s definitely up for watersports in Sunderland - the question is are you? People often ask if you need to be a good swimmer to try these waterborne activities. The answer is you need to be water confident and comfortable splashing around in the water with a buoyancy aid on, not necessarily a swimmer. We reckon everyone will have fun at Roker!
• May to October weekdays and weekends 09:00 until 21:30
• October to April weekends and some weekdays 09:00 until 17:00
• Minimum age 6
• 6-8 year olds need to be accompanied by a participating adult
• Under 16s 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 the action
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• There are no on site facilities for spectator’s but there are lots of local cafes etc on the seafront
• Sunderland Watersports Centre at Sunderland Marina