The Ultimate Watersports Adventure: Kayak, Paddleboard, and Bodyboard Hire by Fore Adventure in Studland, Dorset

Jun 29, 2023 | Sea Adventures, Kayaking Adventures, Kayaking Tours, Sea Kayaking, Watersports Equiptment Hire

Fore Adventure Watersports Hire

Welcome to Studland, Dorset, the perfect destination for watersports enthusiasts seeking an exhilarating experience amidst stunning coastal scenery. It’s from this very spot that we offer our Kayak hire, paddleboard hire, and bodyboard hire services.

Studland bay watersports hire location in dorset with views across grass to Old Harry Rocks

If you’re looking to hire watersports equipment to explore the pristine waters and enjoy thrilling adventures, look no further than Fore Adventure, located on Middle Beach in Studland, Dorset. There is no need to be lugging a kayak, pumping up a paddleboard, or risking your bodyboard during transport. We have them all here for you, ready to go. We offer top-notch kayak, paddleboard, and bodyboard hire, and are your gateway to an unforgettable aquatic adventure.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the details of our equipment hire for these exciting watersports, highlight the beauty of Studland, and shed light on the safety measures to ensure a fun and safe experience.

Quick links:

    1. Studland Bay – The Perfect Place For Watersports
    2. Sit On Top & Sea Kayak Hire
    3. Paddleboard (SUP) Hire
    4. Bodyboard Hire
    5. Watersports Safety
    6. Watersports Equipment Hire Pricing
    7. How To Hire Watersports Equipment
    8. Getting To Fore Adventure Hire

Studland Bay: The Ideal Location for Watersports Equipment Hire

Nestled along the spectacular Dorset coastline, Studland boasts an idyllic setting with its crystal-clear waters, golden sandy beaches, and diverse marine life.
The area is renowned for its unspoiled beauty, calm waters, and tranquil atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for watersports enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to dip your toes into the world of watersports, Studland provides the perfect playground to unleash your adventurous spirit.

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Kayak Hire Dorset: Paddling into Serenity

Kayaking offers an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in nature while gliding through the water. At Fore Adventure, you can rent high-quality kayaks and explore the pristine coastline, hidden coves, and breathtaking cliffs of Studland.

Kayaks are versatile vessels that allow you to navigate both calm waters and explore more challenging sea conditions. Whether you embark on a peaceful solo excursion or join one of our guided tours, kayaking is an excellent way to appreciate the beauty of Studland’s diverse ecosystems while enjoying a full-body workout.

family kayaking sit on top hire studland bay dorset old harry rocks

Technical Details Of Our Kayak Hire

For those wondering about technical details, we have a well-maintained fleet of Perception Gemini double scooter sit-on-top kayaks and Perception Triumph Fishing spec single kayaks, and RTM triple sit-on-top kayaks.

*Please note paddles are included with the hire.

kayak hire dorset fore adventure staff member amongst sea kayak sit on top kayak fleet of brightly coloursed kayaks



Paddleboard Hire Dorset: Stand Above the Waves

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) has gained immense popularity in recent years and for a good reason. Standing atop a paddleboard, you’ll enjoy a unique perspective as you float across the water. SUP provides an excellent core workout while allowing you to peer below the waves and soak up the incredible coastal views surrounding Studland and Old Harry Rocks.

Fore Adventure offers paddleboard rentals suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced paddlers. Whether you prefer a leisurely paddle along the shoreline or an adventurous journey further out to sea, paddleboarding promises an unforgettable experience for water sports enthusiasts of all ages.

We offer Nahskwell and Jobe composite Stand Up Paddleboards, which have a couple of advantages over inflatable SUPs:

  • Composite boards tend to be faster, glide better, and tend to maintain momentum better than inflatables.
  • Composite boards handle wind better. Wind can have a significant effect on an inflatable paddleboard, even in moderate wind conditions. Composite SUPs can handle wind much better than inflatables can, ensuring you don’t have to wait for the perfect weather day to go SUPing.
  • Hiring a paddleboard means that you don’t have to worry about it taking up room in your car or spending ages wearing yourself out pumping it up, and the often forgotten cleaning it down and drying it off afterward!

*Please note paddles are included with the hire.


Man enjoying SUP adventure in Dorset sea



Bodyboard Hire Dorset: Ride the Waves

For those seeking an exhilarating ride on the waves, bodyboarding is the perfect choice. Designed to ride waves close to the shore, bodyboards offer an accessible and thrilling watersports option.

*note: it’s only on easterly winds you can catch waves. At other times kids can use them to play on – they are great family fun and children are amused for hours!

At Fore Adventure, you can rent top-quality bodyboards that are lightweight, easy to maneuver, and built to withstand the power of the sea. Whether you’re a novice catching your first wave or a seasoned rider looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush, bodyboarding in Studland is an unforgettable experience.


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Watersports Safety: Things To Know Before Hiring Watersports Equipment

While watersports provide endless excitement, safety should always be your top priority as it is ours. Before venturing out onto the water, consider these essential safety tips:

Always Wear A Personal Flotation Device (PFD):

A well-fitting PFD is crucial for all watersports activities, ensuring your safety in case of unexpected falls or accidents. With each kayak, paddleboard or bodyboard hire we include one CE-approved buoyancy aid to fit your individual size.

kayaker wearing pfd safety buoyancy aid

Check The Weather Conditions:

Before heading out, always check the weather forecast and be aware of any potential changes in wind, tides, or currents that could affect your safety. We are always keeping an eye on the local tides and weather and are here to help you understand them. Here are our favourite apps we use to check the weather conditions before every adventure:

  1. XC Weather – great for wind forecasting
  2. Easy Tide – shows tidal information, times of high and low tide, as well as a handy graph for various UK locations
  3. Met Office Inshore Forecast – another great place to check wind forecast, as well as sea state, visibility, and general forecast
  4. Lightning Maps – no one wants to get caught out with lightning on the water! We can track storms live here.

Use The ‘Buddy System’

Unless you are well experienced, participate in watersports activities with a friend or in a group. This ensures mutual support and assistance in case of emergencies and makes the shared experience even more fun.

buddy sytem being used paddlboard hire studland dorset

Be Mindful Of Your Ability

There is an important pre-requisite that should be met before hiring kayaks, SUPs, or bodyboards. You need to be confident in the water. Know your skill level and choose activities that align with your capabilities.

Although parts of Studland Bay are very shallow at certain tide times, you need to be able to swim in the sea and confident enough to safely use the equipment. Our team will give you some paddling tips and show you how to use the equipment.

No prior experience is necessary to hire our watersports equipment but  If you’re a beginner, it’s essential to start with guided tours or lessons to build confidence and develop proper techniques. If you are looking for help to get your paddling skills up to scratch or to develop your skills further then join one of our tuition sessions. We have beginner sup lessons and intermediate sup lessons available and introduction to sea kayaking courses as well as more advanced sea kayaking sessions, bespoke sea kayaking tuition, and BC kayaking courses. 

body board hire on dorset beach with surfing in the sea

Respect The Marine Environment

Studland Bay is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected Marine Conservation Zone. You should preserve the natural beauty of Studland by adhering to local environmental regulations and respecting wildlife habitats. Avoid disturbing marine life or fragile ecosystems.

For more information, you can check out our blog post on How To Stay Safe In Your Sea Kayak

seal swimming sea marine ecology studland bay


The Unique Sights Of Studland Bay

When you embark on a watersports adventure at Studland Bay in Dorset, not only will you have an incredible time on the water, but you’ll also be surrounded by a wealth of natural wonders to discover. From the historic Fort Henry to the rich marine and bird life, Studland Bay offers a visual feast for nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Fort Henry

As you navigate the waters of Studland Bay, you’ll catch glimpses of the historic Fort Henry. Perched proudly on the cliffs, this 19th-century fort stands as a testament to the region’s military history. Built to defend against potential invasions, Fort Henry offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Take a moment to admire its imposing structure and imagine the stories it holds within its walls.

Marine Wildlife

Studland Bay is teeming with marine life, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and snorkeling enthusiasts (remember to bring a snorkel or sign up for one of our guided snorkeling tours). While you’re out on the water, keep an eye out for curious seals popping their heads up or basking on nearby rocks. If you’re lucky, you might even spot playful dolphins frolicking in the bay. The crystal-clear waters provide an excellent opportunity to observe colorful fish and other fascinating creatures that call this area their home.

Bird Life

Studland Bay is also a haven for bird lovers. The bay’s diverse coastal habitats, including sand dunes, heathland, and marshes, attract a wide range of bird species. Look out for graceful herons gracefully stalking their prey along the water’s edge or catch a glimpse of elegant avocets feeding in the shallows. Birdwatching enthusiasts will be thrilled to spot rare species such as the Dartford warbler or the little tern, adding a touch of wonder to their watersports experience.

Two oyster cacthers studland bay dorset marine wildlife

Old Harry Rocks

These iconic chalk stacks rise majestically from the sea, creating a stunning backdrop. Marvel at the contrasting white chalk against the deep blue waters and appreciate the beauty as you engage in watersports. Experience the thrill of watersports while surrounded by the timeless beauty of Studland Bay’s natural landmarks.

old harry rocks dorset outdoor adventure location


Watersports Hire Price & Duration

Our current pricing can be found on our watersport equipment hire page and at the time of writing is:

  1. Perception Gemini double scooter sit-on-top kayaks for hire: £30 per hour.
  2. Perception Triumph (Fishing spec) single sit-on-top kayaks for hire: £20 per hour.
  3. RTM triple sit-on-top for hire: £35 per hour.
  4. Nahskwell composite Stand Up Paddleboards for hire: £20 per hour
  5. Bodyboard for hire: £10 for three hours

*Please note Buoyancy aids are mandatory and included with the hire.

sea kayaks on studland beach dorset



How To Hire Kayaks, Paddleboards & Body Boards

We are open every weekend from June and every day throughout the summer holidays for hire. We have the option to prebook some of our hire slots every day during the summer holidays online. If there are no slots available then please phone on the morning of your visit to see if we have equipment available and are open for hire as this is weather dependant and subject to available equipment on the day.

Hire is based on a walk-up service and we also offer the option to prebook some slots on our booking page. You can also book a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboarding tour with one of our guides if you wish to take part in an experience with us.

Hire is unsupervised and you will be asked to leave a photo ID. The person hiring must be over 18, there is no minimum age but children under 16 must be accompanied on the water by an adult.

To keep you safe we have a restricted area when hiring our equipment, the larger range is from the end of Middle Beach to Knoll Beach, on some days we may have to limit this further if conditions require us to. If you want to go further along the coast or to Old Harry Rocks join our Kayak tours or sup sessions.

Paddleboard hire on Studland Beach, Dorset, man walkign iwth SUP to watersports equiptment beach hut



Unleash The Group Fun

When it comes to group activities, Fore Adventure’s watersports equipment hire offers an unbeatable experience for families, friends, and any gathering of adventure seekers. From the opportunity to try out a variety of equipment to the sheer joy of sharing unforgettable moments together, renting watersports gear as a group brings an array of benefits and endless excitement. So gather your loved ones, rally your friends, and get ready for a day of fun and bonding like no other.

Equipment Selection And Trying New Things

One of the fantastic aspects of our watersports equipment hire at Studland Bay is the range of options available. Whether you’re keen to explore the waters on kayaks, paddleboards, or bodyboards, there’s something for everyone. Hiring equipment as a group allows you to mix and match, ensuring everyone can try out their preferred watersport or even experiment with something new. It’s an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourselves, and create unforgettable memories together.

Bonding Time For Families And Friends

Renting watersports equipment as a group presents an ideal setting for families and friends to bond and strengthen their relationships. Spend quality time together as you navigate the waters, share laughter, and cheer each other on. Whether it’s a friendly paddleboard race, a tandem kayak adventure, or simply enjoying the thrill of being out on the water together, the shared experience fosters a sense of camaraderie and creates cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

family watersports outdoor adventure dorset

Watersports for Families and Children

Embrace the opportunity to spend quality time outdoors, away from screens and technology, while trying something new and exciting. Watersports adventures not only provide endless fun but also contribute to building children’s confidence and creating lasting family memories.

In today’s digital age, it’s crucial to encourage children to spend time outdoors and away from screens.  Families can disconnect from technology and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the bay. It’s a chance to bond as a family, enjoy the fresh air, and create treasured memories that will be cherished for years to come.

Introduce children to new and exciting experiences. At Studland Bay kids have the chance to explore the water in a safe and controlled environment. Trying out these activities broadens their horizons, encourages them to step out of their comfort zones, and instills a sense of adventure that will stay with them as they grow.

Engaging in watersports activities can greatly contribute to building children’s confidence. As they navigate the water and master new skills, children learn to overcome challenges, embrace their capabilities, and develop a sense of accomplishment. With each successful paddle stroke or balanced stance on a paddleboard, their self-assurance grows, and they become more resilient in the face of new experiences.

Watersports equipment hire allows children to play and explore in the water under parental supervision. With the appropriate safety measures in place, children can have a blast with the hired equipment, building sandcastles on the beach, splashing in the shallow waters at Studland, or venturing slightly further with parental guidance. It’s an opportunity for parents to actively participate, support their children’s exploration, and create joyful family memories together.

double sea kayaking family fun dorset

Cost-Effectiveness Of Group Hire

Renting watersports equipment as a group can be a cost-effective option, especially when resources are pooled. By splitting the cost among participants, you can enjoy the exhilaration of watersports without breaking the bank. This makes it an accessible and budget-friendly activity for larger groups or families who want to make the most of their time at Studland Bay.

Perfect For Parties And Get-Togethers

Are you looking for an exciting and unique idea for a party or get-together? Watersports equipment hire at Studland Bay is an excellent choice. Celebrate birthdays, reunions, or special occasions in a thrilling and memorable way. Create a festive atmosphere as you all embark on your watersports adventure, enjoying the thrill of the activities and sharing the joy of being together. It’s an experience that will leave a lasting impression on all your guests.

family group watersports hire booking studland dorset celebration party


Make A Day Of It In Studland

Morning Fuel – Local Cafes

Before diving into your watersports adventure, start your day with a delicious breakfast or a freshly brewed cup of coffee at one of the charming local cafes.  Indulge in a hearty meal or opt for a lighter option, and soak up the relaxed coastal atmosphere as you plan your day ahead. With cafes at Middle and South Beach offering outdoor seating areas, you can enjoy stunning views of the bay while savoring your morning treat.

coffee by the sea dorset cafe studland

Coastal Walks

After your watersports session, take some time to stretch your legs and embark on a captivating coastal walk to Old Harry Rocks. This iconic natural formation features stunning white chalk stacks rising majestically from the sea, providing a picture-perfect backdrop for your adventure. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the rugged cliffs, breathe in the fresh sea air, and capture some incredible photographs along the way. The panoramic views from the top of the cliffs are simply awe-inspiring. For more details on coastal walks around Studland (including maps) check out our blog post: Top Walking Routes In Studland, Dorset.

south coast footpath walk above old harry rocks

Quench Your Thirst

As your coastal walk comes to an end, make your way to The Bankes Arms, a historic pub with coastal views. Known for its welcoming ambiance, picturesque beer garden, and wide selection of beverages (including its own on-site brews), this pub is the perfect spot to unwind and reflect on your day’s activities. Treat yourself to a refreshing beverage and a tasty meal while relishing the charm of this traditional English pub.

bankes arms studland pub

Refuel In Style

Treat yourself to an unforgettable dining experience at The Pig on the Beach. This charming country house hotel and restaurant offers rustic elegance and coastal charm, with breathtaking views of the coastline. The menu showcases seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, including succulent seafood and organic vegetables. Indulge in dishes like Dorset crab tart and pan-fried sea bass, complemented by a thoughtfully curated wine list. The Pig on the Beach combines exceptional flavors with a commitment to sustainability, making it the perfect end to your day in Studland Bay.

pig on the beach studland dorset food




Getting To Fore Adventure In Studland, Dorset

So you want to visit our gem on the Dorset coast and hire some water sports equipment for an aquatic adventure? Here is how to get to us:

Access Watersport & Kayak Hire By Bike

You can access Middle Beach by following the signs from Ferry Road or across the heathland. Bikes are available to hire from Sandbanks and Shell Bay

Access Watersport & Kayak Hire By Bus

The number 50 bus (Purbeck Breezer from Bournemouth to Swanage) has a stop very near to Middle Beach just before beach road (from the ferry side). It’s a quick 10-minute walk down Beach Road to Middle Beach. As a side note the number 50 was recently voted one of the most scenic bus routes in Britain!

Access Watersport & Kayak Hire By Foot

The South West Coastal path actually passes by Middle Beach and provides spectacular views along the way.

Access Watersport & Kayak Hire By Car

Via Corfe follow Sat Nav to Middle Beach Car Park turning off Ferry Road or via the Sandbanks Ferry. Middle Beach Car Park is run by Purbeck National Trust, so parking is free for members.

*Please note that changing is all in the great outdoors, there are toilets available in the car park and food outlets are nearby (with seasonal opening).

Detail photo of multi coloursed sit top kayaks available for hire studland dorset



Watersports Equipment & Kayak Hire Opening Times

We are open for watersports hire from 09:00, with the last hire at 16:00 and ending at 17:00 seven days a week during peak season. If you have any questions about hire times please contact us.


Watersports equiptment in dorset studland beach hut run by Fore Adventure



Summing Up Watersports & Kayak Hire In Dorset

Studland, Dorset, is a haven for watersports enthusiasts, and Fore Adventure provides an exceptional opportunity to explore the coastal wonders through kayak, paddleboard, and bodyboard hire.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery, engage in exhilarating adventures, and create unforgettable memories in this idyllic setting. Remember to prioritize safety at all times, ensuring a fantastic experience while respecting the natural environment.

Visiting Studland Bay in Dorset is not just about the thrill of watersports; it’s an opportunity to experience a complete day of coastal delights. From hiring watersports equipment and exploring the magnificent coastline to enjoying delicious meals at local cafes and ending the day with a well-deserved drink at The Bankes Arms pub or The Pig On The Beach, Studland Bay offers a unique blend of adventure, natural beauty, and relaxation. So, plan your day, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready to create unforgettable memories in this stunning corner of Dorset.

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