WHAT’S INCLUDED? Gylly Adventures will provide all the equipment needed for your activity. (e.g. kayaks, paddles, SUPs). This includes wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets where appropriate. A friendly instructor plus all other safety equipment is also included.
CAN I WEAR MY OWN WETSUIT? Yes. We do however, recommend a full-length wetsuit. Shorty wetsuits are okay only on very warm days.
DO I NEED TO BOOK IN ADVANCE? We will do our best to cater last minute bookings however to guarantee availability and avoid disappointment booking in advance is strongly recommended. Where possible booking online is best. The Activity FAQ’s on the website provide all the information you need.
HOW LONG IS THE LESSON/TOUR? All paddleboard lessons are 1.5 hours. Paddleboard tours are approximately 2 hours on the water. The Invoice/ booking times indicates your arrival and approximate departure time
WHAT TIME DO THE TOURS START? This can vary. Click on the book now button to see available time slots. The booking times indicates your arrival and approximate departure time.
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE? Many families and groups with no prior experience successfully take part on our paddleboard Lessons and Adventures. Participants should be comfortable to swim 50 meters unaided. Some of our Paddle boarding activities we recommend a certain level of experience before taking part. Please see the ‘What SUP level am I’ tab for more details.
CAN I WATCH IF I AM NOT TAKING PART? Most of our Adventures follow the coast, therefore you can follow the groups progress walking along the coastal path.
WHAT TO BRING? Please bring any medication you require e.g. inhalers. Swimming costumes, sun cream, water bottle, wetsuit boots and laced closed toe shoes you do not mind getting wet should all be brought. A towel and warm clothes to put on at the end are recommended. We recommend arriving with swimming costumes already on. This saves time getting ready, additionally we have no private changing facilities.
WHAT IS THE WEIGHT LIMIT? The weight limit for our Paddleboards is approximately 21st/133kg. This does not consider the paddler skill, fitness, and sea conditions. These factors also influence the maximum weight limit for successful paddle boarding. If you are over 18 stone, please let us know and we can discuss alternative options if paddle boarding is not successful.
WHAT IS THE MIN AGE? For ‘Join The Next’ paddleboard lessons and tours the minimum age is 12 years. For a ‘Pick Your Own’ Paddleboard lesson the minimum age is 9 years.
CAN I WEAR GLASSES OR TAKE MY PHONE / CAMERA OUT WITH ME? We advise against it, but these can be brought – this at your own risk however. We have seen plenty of sunglasses and phones drown over the years.
What SUP Level am I?
Like all sports the more experience you gain the more comfortable you feel. At Gylly Adventures we really want to give you the best possible paddling adventure for your skill level. All our adventures have a level rating to help you decide the best adventure for you.
Read the following descriptions and pick the level that best applies to you:
LEVEL 1: I’m new to paddle boarding. I have paddled once before but don’t remember much. I want to learn the basics and have a go in a safe environment. I have never been taught to paddle board.
Level 2: I have paddle boarded several times. I can stand and paddle in smooth conditions. If I fall in I can self-recover. I’m confident knee paddling in slightly choppy water. I’m confident I can independently land and launch on flat water (novices with other paddling experience such as canoeing, and kayaking can enter at this level).
LEVEL 3: I am a reasonably confident paddle boarder. I have been on several paddle board journeys. I can stand and paddle in slightly choppy water rarely falling in. I can self-recover in choppy conditions. I can paddle on my knee in choppy conditions. I can continuously paddle for 3+ hours. I am happy turning in moderate winds.
LEVEL 4: I am an experienced paddler and paddle regularly. I can paddle continuously for 5+ hours. I can stand and paddle in choppy conditions, rarely falling in. I am happy turning in strong winds. I can paddle out through small surf and self-recover. I am confident prone paddling continuously for 1+ hours.
ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?
Gylly Beach Activities: There is an open Courtyard next to our base on the beach which provides a space for changing. There is also a large public toilet if more discretion is required. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There is also a freshwater shower by the public toilets however it is not warm! Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers whilst you are on the water. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.
Charlestown Activities: There is plenty of open space to get changed at our venue at Charlestown Harbour. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. Please note that the nearest public toilets (20 pence charge) are located at Charlestown Car Park. Your belongings will be kept safe in our container while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.
Greenbank Activities: There is plenty of open space to get changed at our venue at the Greenbank Gardens. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. Please note that the nearest public toilet is a 10-minute walk from the Gardens into Falmouth. There are toilets at the Working boat pub and Greenbank Hotel if open. Your belongings will be kept safe in our containers while you are on activity. We have never had any issues, but we do not have any lockers therefore we recommend leaving valuables behind.
Helford Activities: There are no changing facilities at this location. You will get changed in the open at the Bosveal National Trust Carpark. We recommend that you arrive already changed into your swimwear. There are toilets in Durgan village, we recommend that you visit the loo before arrival as we only go past these toilets once you are already changed. Belongings during the activity will be locked in the Gylly Adventures Van or your own Vehicles.
WHERE DO WE PARK AND MEET?
Gylly Beach Activities: Please meet us at our base on the left-hand side of Gylly Café as you look out to sea. There are lots of parking options near Gylly beach. There is a pay and display carpark in easy walking distance, as well as free residential parking if you are happy to walk a little further. Please note that parking directly opposite Gylly beach café is not permitted in summer months and is regularly patrolled by traffic wardens. Sat Nav postcode is TR114PA.
Charlestown Activities: Please meet us at our base on the Eastern Wall of the outer harbour at Charlestown. If you approach from the Western side of the harbour you will need to cross the Harbour Gate bridge. Our base is within the hut lean-to on the outer harbour below the round house. Kayaks and Paddleboards are positioned on the harbour side to make things clearer. Sat Nav Postcode is PL25 3NH.
Greenbank Activities: Please meet us at our base on the Greenbank Gardens between the Greenbank Hotel and the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Please note there is strictly no parking permitted on the pontoon carpark or on Greenbank Hotel property. If you are a guest staying at the hotel or have a meal reservation pre-booked, then parking onsite is permitted. Free residential parking is easily found around the Greenbank hotel on Stratton terrace and Dunstanville Terrace. Sat Nav Postcode is TR11 2SR.
Helford River Activities (Durgan): Please meet in the Bosveal National Trust carpark at the top of Durgen Village. The car park has an all-day charge of £2 per vehicle and is free to National Trust members. Sat Nav postcode is TR115JR.