You may want to make the most of our amazing beaches and coastline by taking part in some boating or water sports activities.


Sailing Boats or boats less than 4½hp can be launched from Meadfoot Beach and Broadsands Beach or from the harbour slipways at Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

  • There is a 5 knot speed limit inside the marker buoys that must be adhered to.
  • If you use a powered boat do not discharge diesel or other fuels into the water.
  • Never refuel your boat on the beach.


There are designated windsurfing areas at Torre Abbey Sands, Paignton Sands and Broadsands Beach.

Water skiing

There are designated water-ski areas off Elberry Cove and Livermead Sands.

Jet Skis

Personal watercraft such as jet-skis can only be launched from the harbours at Paignton and Torquay. Please contact the Harbour Master offices before launching.

Jet-skis cannot be launched from any beach.

Safety advice, information on where to launch and how to register your Jet Ski can be found on Tor Bay Harbour's Jet Ski page.

Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddleboards

Safety advice and information on where to launch your paddle craft can be found on Tor Bay Harbour's Canoes and Kayaks page.