Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to all of the questions that we get asked most often.  Hopefully these will help you to be confident in your booking and fully prepared to join us for a fun few hours on the water.

What should we bring with us?

We provide all the equipment needed for your activity.

Please note – we don’t have any changing facilities, therefore you will be getting changed on the beach so please bring a changing robe or large towel.

For swimming, please bring your own wetsuit if you have one, a tow float (not essential), a bright coloured swim hat, goggles and a drink of water.

Do you have changing facilities?

No, we get changed on the beach or on the grass outside of our cellar.
Please bring a large towel or changing robe to use. We do sell changing robes if you’d like one.

What shall we do with valuables?

We recommend that you only bring what is essential for your time with us. We can store bags in our equipment store but please note we don’t have any lockers and/or secure storage. Any valuables left in the care of Cornish Rock Tors are left at the owners risk.

Can we wear/bring a GoPro or Action Camera?

Yes, although we prefer that you have a floating attachment so that it doesn’t get lost or sink. We are not liable for the loss or damage of your camera. We don’t have any helmets with a mount attached.

What should we do if we’re early?

We recommend allowing plenty of time to find a parking space as the local area can be very busy. Please only check in with us 5-10minutes prior to your activity start time. We operate out of a very small cellar and have staggered start times for each of our activities to avoid congestion, especially during the current period with COVID-19 social distancing regulations.

Where should we park?

We meet at Port Gaverne beach prior to our activities unless otherwise stated.


We recommend allowing plenty of time to find parking. Alternatively to minimise traffic congestion it might be easier if somebody can drop you off for the activity. The public conveniences in Port Gaverne aren’t always open and we’d recommend using the public toilets in St Endellion Car Park (20p) before coming down into Port Gaverne.

map of car parks in port isaac and port gaverne

Map of Car Parks

The address to find us is: Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, Cornwall PL29 3SQ

Where are the toilets?

The public conveniences in Port Gaverne (just back from the beach next to Raleigh Cellar and the hard-standing boat park) aren’t always open and we’d recommend using the public toilets in St Endellion Car Park (20p) before coming down into Port Gaverne.

Can we use our own wetsuits?

For Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding you’re more than welcome to wear your own wetsuits providing they’re suitable for the water temperature at the time of your activity.
For Coasteering, we need people to be wearing ‘winter wetsuits’ or 5mm thick wetsuits. If you have your own you’re more than welcome to wear it but please note coasteering can damage them. CRT are not liable for any damage caused during the activity.

For Swimming, please bring your wetsuit if you have one. We can provide wetsuits to use during the session but please note they’re not swim specific due to wear and tear.

Where can we find availability and information about the activity?

We now have an online booking system that will provide you with all of the relevant information for each activity we offer and enables you to choose a time and date that’s convenient. You’ll notice that available dates appear green and we run our activities at specific times daily.
It allows you to enter the number of people coming along and will then send you a booking confirmation with all the relevant information for your booking.

Please follow this link for the booking system.


Can I watch the activity?

Yes, we run all of our activities off the beach here at Port Gaverne.
There is a headland on the right hand side of the beach called ‘The
Main’ there are some steps on the right hand side of the beach that lead up onto the headland (cut off at high tide) or a path half way up the road. There is a bench to sit on and it’s a great spot for a picnic or taking photos.

How long are the activity sessions?

All of our activities are 2 hours in duration on the water. We recommend allowing 3 hours for the whole experience. There is half an hour either side for getting changed and health and safety briefs.

Can we book hire?

Our hire operates on a first come first serve basis as we also operate guided trips with the same equipment. It is always subject to the conditions being deemed calm enough. If we think it is not suitable for people to paddle unaccompanied at the venue then we won’t be hiring. We have some boundaries to our hire as it is a remote section of coastline. The boundaries we ask you to stay between may depend on the day’s conditions.
We hire out in 2 hour time slots from our base at Port Gaverne.  Please click here to visit our hire page to view our current pricing.

If you think you might want to hire equipment we’d suggest checking with us in the morning to enquire about the day’s sea conditions.

What’s the best time for hire?

Port Gaverne is a natural harbour/port/inlet. At high tide it’s more sheltered from wind and swell. If the conditions are very calm hire is suitable at any stage of tide.

What’s the tide doing?

We sell tide-time tables. If it’s far away then it’s out. If it’s close then it’s in  : )