Paddleboard & Pub

Paddleboard & Pub

We are going paddleboarding, and you are invited!

Social SUP paddle on the Exeter Canal
It’s going to be a bit of a social and a jolly, come down on your own or bring some friends. Once we have our balance we will gently cruise about, play on the water and maybe visit one of the great waterside pubs. We will throw out some tips and make sure people are comfortable but this is not a teaching session. If you have your own board – no booking needed and it’s free to come! If you need to hire a board it’s £20 and booking is essential
The LocationPaddleboard Hire

Upcoming Dates

Be at the shop, ready to go at 6.30pm. We will aim to be back at the shop around 8.45pm

Wednesday 5th June








Wednesday 5th June 2019
Wednesday 26th June 2019
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Wednesday 24th July 2019
Wednesday 7th August 2019
Wednesday 21st August 2019

What’s The Plan?

Be at the shop 6.30pm ready to go. It’s going to be a bit of a social and a jolly. Come down on your own or bring some friends. Once we have our balance we will gently cruise about, play on the water and maybe visit one of the great waterside pubs. We will aim to be back at the shop around 8.45pm (ish) We have a couple of fitting rooms at the shop and secure place to leave bags.

If you have your own board – no booking needed and it’s free to come!

If you need to hire a board it’s £20 and booking is essential – 01392 219600

Whose it for?

For those that want to experience paddle boarding, have a fun evening and meet some other paddle boarders. This session is for over 18s only (Sorry).

We will throw out some tips and make sure people are comfortable but this is not a teaching session – if you feel like you need some tuition before you join something like this then book onto one of our Paddleboard taster sessions

How to Book and what do you provide?

Book a board by calling 01392 219600 and mention the “Paddleboard and Pub” Full payment is required for booking. We supply a paddleboard, paddle, leash and buoyancyaid (a buoyancyaid must be worn if you are using one of our boards)

If you have your own board No need to book – just turn up and be ready to get on the water at 6.30pm.

Liam, one of our instructors will be there to hand out some boards, tips and to answer questions.

Where We Are

AS Watersports, 1 Terracina Court,

Haven Road, Exeter, EX2 8DP

If you have your own board – no booking needed and it’s free to come!

If you need to hire a board it’s £20 and booking is essential.
01392 219600

Red Paddle Demo Day 2019

Red Paddle Demo Day 2019

Red Paddle Co Demo Day

Saturday 25th May 10am – 4pm

AS Watersports, Exeter, EX2 8DP

The BoardsThe Shop

Join AS Watersports and Red Paddle Co for a day trying out the world’s most popular inflatable paddleboards!

What’s on?

  • Red Paddle Co Demo fleet – Come and try their range of inflatable paddleboards out on the water.
  • Already have a board? Have a go on something different! All-round, Touring, Race, Surf, Multiperson – there will be something new for you to try.
  • Free 30 minute taster sessions – want a bit of instruction to find your feet? Book onto one of our free taster sessions below.
  • Red Paddle Co staff will be here with expert advice to help you choose the perfect board.
  • Games & Challenges to win great prizes throughout the day.
  • Plenty of packages in stock for those who want to take away a board on the day!
  • Dewerstone will be here with their latest range of clothing and sunglasses.
  • The shop will be open as usual for kayak & canoe hire, and fully stocked with everything else you might need.

Free Red Paddle Co Taster Sessions

As a Demo Day special, we are offering four 30 minute taster sessions for absolutely free!

Aimed at those who have never been on a paddleboard before and perhaps a little nervous or doubtful about the sport. Our qualified instructor will take you out in small groups of 6, with the aim of getting you standing up and paddling the board with some top tips from along the way.

Looking to get into paddleboarding as a family? Book you and the kids onto one of our child – friendly sessions. Available for over 8’s and must be accompanied by someone 18 or over.

Book online now through the link below.

Red Paddle Co Paddleboard Demos

We will have all of the paddleboards below inflated and ready to try out on the water. Give them all a go and see which is your favourite!

Want to try a board not listed? Contact us and we will see if we can arrange it.


  • 12’6″ X 26″ Elite
  • 14’0″ X 25″ Elite


  • 10’8 Activ



  • 10’7″ Windsurf (No sail)

What you need to know

  • 25/05/19 10am – 4pm at AS Watersports, EX2 8DP
  • Paddleboard Demos available from 10am – 4pm – sign up on the day.
  • Nearest public car park is Haven Banks Car Park just past the shop.
  • Wear lightweight clothes or a wetsuit if you want to demo, bring a change of clothes for after.
  • Under 18’s need to be accompanied on the water by an adult. Children must be over the age of 8 to go on the water.
  • You must be able to swim 25m
  • Buoyancy aids are required and will be provided.
  • Dogs welcome, however you are fully responsible for their safety on the water. We have dog lifejackets for sale in the shop.

Hosted By:

AS Watersports

1 Terracina Court

Haven Road




01392 21900

[email protected]

Easter Opening Times 2019

Easter Opening Times 2019

Shop opening times for the upcoming Easter Weekend:

  • Good Friday 19th April – 9.30 – 5.30
  • Saturday 20th April – 9.30 – 5.00
  • Easter Sunday 21th April – 10.00 – 4.00
  • Easter Monday 222nd April – 10.00 – 4.00

We are now open every Sunday, 10am – 4pm, until October.

All internet orders placed after Thursday afternoon will be dispatched on Tuesday.

We are up and running for Kayak, Canoe & Paddleboard hire! Call us to book now – 01392 219600

We hope you have a great weekend!

Crewsaver Petfloat Dog Buoyancy Aid – Product Feature

Crewsaver Petfloat Dog Buoyancy Aid – Product Feature


Find out how Beth’s background and experience bought her to Crewsaver and her involvement in developing the popular Petfloat

About Beth… Beth started off by working as a machinist for a clothing manufacturer, which inspired her to complete a master’s degree in performance sportswear. As part of her degree Beth took up a work experience opportunity at Crewsaver, during this time Beth took the lead role on the redesign of the Petfloat buoyancy aid and completed her dissertation on the innovative developments. On completion of her dissertation Beth then joined Crewsaver as a full time employee.

When was Crewsaver founded and how has it evolved since? How would you describe the philosophy behind the brand?

Crewsaver are experts in the design and manufacture of personal flotation devices for marine use, whether it be for adults,
children or even your beloved four legged friend, we will have a lifejacket or buoyancy aid to suit. Crewsaver was founded
in 1957 and our brand ethos is ‘safer by design’ which is something that we are passionate about and take to heart. Our
design team is always looking to push the boundaries in design to offer the safest products on the market, whilst delivering
the ultimate in comfort. This ensures the user wears their lifejacket or buoyancy aid happily for long periods of time. After all,
a lifejacket or buoyancy aid is only going to work if worn!

What is the story behind the Petfloat? What inspired its design?

Here at Crewsaver we want to ensure your loved ones don’t
miss out on a day around (and in!) the water with you. Humans
shouldn’t be the only species that are kept safe whilst on the
water. From the soft foam construction to the development of
the ergonomic shape, a lot of the key inspirations for the Crewsaver Petfloat
were drawn from the Crewsaver (and Crewsaver’s paddling
brand, Yak) buoyancy aid range that I am also heavily involved
in designing.

Where is this Petfloat designed? What is it made of?

The Petfloat is fully designed at Crewsaver HQ in Hampshire, UK the same as all Crewsaver products. The core component of
the Petfloat is the super soft foam which ensures that it moulds to the pet’s body and remains comfortable to wear throughout
the day.


What are the strengths of this Petfloat that truly set it apart?

As with all of our products, we have put a lot of thought into the design of the product. We wanted to design something that
was as safe as possible whilst ensuring superior comfort. The soft closed-cell foam provides your pet with their own buoyancy
aid which works to reduce fatigue when in the water either during an emergency or for general in-water play. The low profile
design is comfortable, easy to fit and includes an integral handle that provides a load spreader lift point, perfect for when your
pet decides to go for a swim! The Petfloat also comes with a handy pocket for lead and disposable bag storage.

How have floating devices evolved and improved over the last few years?

The Petfloat has developed into a number of different things, in particular our work with the military has lead us to design a
specialist Petfloat for military application and also a Petfloat with an integrated harness point so that the dog can be airlifted if

Did you test the Petfloat with various types of dogs in real-life scenarios?

Absolutely, this is vital for the products development. After
an extensive design process, we spent many weekends
in Southsea approaching people and much to their
amusement… borrowing their dogs to test the Petfloat!
We also have a great video on Petfloats which we did with
the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) below, you will see a
variety of dogs comfortably swimming and staying safe in
the Petfloat.

Since designing the Petfloat what has this lead on to?

The Crewsaver internship opened up many unusual and wonderful
projects for me. Crewsaver is the only company to hold an exclusive
contract to supply lifejackets to the UK government’s Environment
Agency and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and I can
proudly say that I have been involved with both. A very recent project
of ours and one that has involved over 18 months of development
are the custom buoyancy aids for America’s Cup Challenger, Artemis
Racing. From built in body armour to spare air integration points these
unique buoyancy aids offer the very best in racing performance. A lot of
technology found in our leisure range (Crewsaver and paddling brand,
Yak) has been inspired from developments made within our commercial
sector and also with our top sponsored athletes. For example the
ErgoFit 50N Extreme buoyancy aid, as designed for Artemis Racing will
soon be made available to purchase, giving everybody the opportunity
to benefit from the same advanced safety and performance technology
as an America’s Cup sailor!

Crewsaver Petfloat

Crewsaver Petfloat

Crewsaver Petfloat Dog PFD

AS Winter Warmers 2019

AS Winter Warmers 2019

When the days get short we host a series of chats, presentations, lectures, workshops for anyone interested in paddling or the outdoors.

From mental preparation workshops to films of daring escapades in far flung places sit down and be inspired at AS Watersports.

We are delighted to have Steve Whetman (of Whetman Equipment) here at 7pm Thursday Jan 24th to deliver “I’m A Kayaker get me out of here- A series of rescue short stories, reflections on misadventures in far flung lands and lucky escapes”

Steve has a wealth of experience and incredible stories from around the world, though he doesn’t often speak about it so make sure to come, sit down, drink tea and have another entertaining evening at Winter warmers at AS Watersports.

28th Feb Staff member Liam will be talking about his own solo 13 day winter white water trip in the Grand Canyon. The evening will also look at many other royal river rats who have fallen in love with the greatest ditch of them all.