Coronavirus covid-19 - updated 19th May 2020

UPDATE - As of Tuesday 19th May and in accordance with the latest government guidance we are pleased to announce that we are able to offer limited kayak and stand up paddle board hire and tours. 

Our primary objective will always be to keep staff and customers safe from both Covid 19 and on the water. In order for us to do this we have radically changed our hire and tour operations as follows:

To minimise customers congestion at our centre, only designated time slots will be available and must be booked and paid for online or over the phone.  

Customers will be required to declare that they/their group are within the government guidelines of that time and are symptom free of Covid 19.

Our kayaks, SUP's and equipment will only be available for 1 booking per day before they are washed/cleaned/sanitised to be ready for the following day. 

With this in mind only a 3hr booking is available.

Customers will report to a safer outside "check in" area at our centre where they will be given paddles and buoyancy aids. 

A safety briefing will be conducted at the waters edge.

Customers must adhere to government guidance re social distance at all times.

We will not supply or hire wetsuits at this time. Customers will require suitable clothing for the conditions. We reserve the right to refuse hire if not suitably dressed. Please contact us if you are unsure.

Wetsuits are available to purchase.

Our centre facilities including changing rooms and toilet will not be available at this time.


Unfortunately, our store face to face service will remain closed however, our on line store is very much open! With this in mind, and complying with current guidelines we are able to offer a "click and collect" service with over the phone or internet purchases. We have also put in place a zero contact policy for collections to ensure maximum safety. We are also pleased to announce free delivery on kayaks/SUP's for areas within 10 miles along with a delivery service for Devon, Somerset and Cornwall starting at £30. Delivery is available for outside the South West, please contact us for prices. 

Latest government advice can be found here:


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The OSKC - Outdoor Shop & Kayak Centre is located in Combe Martin, North Devon and is the premier kayak and stand up paddle board hire / sales centre in North Devon, along with being the only company operating out of Combe Martin that is AALA licensed and that have British Canoeing qualified kayak and stand up paddle board instructors. We also offer various other watersport activities including our very popular sea kayak guided tours, so please check out the Activities | Hire | Kayak Tours tab for further information. Our qualified British Canoeing instructors and sea kayak guides enable us to offer kayaking and stand up paddle boarding lessons and taster sessions for all ages and abilities. Most of our kayak tours and lessons are on sit-on-top type kayaks, easy to use and very stable. We are also able to offer local knowledge experience and lessons in cockpit sea kayaks by our ex HM Coastguard instructor. We are situated just 50m from the beach with pay and display parking next to our centre. We are within easy reach of Ilfracombe, Woolacombe, Braunton, Croyde, Barnstaple, Lynton and Lynmouth. Bideford, Westward-Ho! and Appledore are about 45 minutes drive away.  

Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding in Combe Martin has become very popular and is now one of the "must things to do" in North Devon, It also boasts  some of the best scenery in the united kingdom as well as being one of the safest bays to paddle.  If the surf is flat or you want a break from surfing then join us for a relaxing paddle around our stunning coastline.

Our shop is well stocked having all your kayak and stand up paddle board essentials including paddles, new and used kayaks for sale, wetsuits, buoyancy aids/life jackets and decks. Brands including Palm, Dagger, Wilderness Systems - Tarpon, Islander, Wave Sport, Tiki and Dryrobe.