We want to inspire people to get out on the water irrelevant of age or ability and enjoy the magnificent coastal environment of St. Ives. In short, to get a buzz out of being active in a unique way.

The Ocean Sports Centre is a family run business based on the stunning beach of Carbis Bay, currently the only Blue Flag beach in Cornwall. We provide a variety of water and beach based activities catering for individuals, groups, parties and families.

From our centre we can arrange equipment hire, guided tours or approved lessons. We have a variety of single and double kayaks, Stand-up-paddleboards, sailing dinghies, a Hobie Cat and are proud to be the only centre in the country who can offer an authentic out-rigger experience in our four and six man Hawaiian canoe’s.

The Ocean Sports Centre is Accredited by:

You are in Safe Hands.

We are the only provider of sailing lessons and hire on the North coast of Cornwall and licensed by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA). We have our own in house Royal Yachting Association (RYA) senior instructor, British Canoe Union (BCU) and beach lifeguard qualified staff and our own safety boat.

We are constantly evolving the centre and the activities and services we offer. We have recently registered the volunteer work we do as a community interest company (community ocean sports) to enable us to work with marginalised youngsters, women only groups and the disabled; encouraging them to engage with the ocean in a safe and enjoyable environment.


Carbis bay is one of the safest beaches around boasting it’s own unique ‘micro climate’ often, rain can be seen hitting the opposite beaches at Godrevy while we’re basking in glorious sunshine. We are very fortunate to be able to operate fully on most days throughout the summer, only suffering on a strong Northerly wind. So rather than watch the weather forecast, take a quick look out of the window in the morning – if you don’t like what you see look again in five minutes the sun will be out and so will we…

See you at the Beach!

The Ocean Sports Centre is proud to be in Association with:

Osprey Surf Test Centre

Carbis Bay Hotel