About Us

Tom started Totnes Kayaks Ltd over fifteen years ago at that time being based at Baltic Wharf in Totnes, hence the name! Being a water baby he left his corporate job travelling the world teaching for Massey Ferguson agricultural machinery to return to his home town of Totnes. Having always been on the water in either kayaks, canoes or sailboats it seemed only natural to Tom to set up a business offering others the opportunity to see South Devon at its best, from the water!
Tom is a British Canoe Union (BCU) Level 3 Inland Coach and holds licenses in RYA Powerboat, Coastal/Yachtmaster theory and is a SHDC Boatman. Holds a outdoor first aid qualification and spent most of his life on the river Dart so has the knowledge to ensure you stay safe on the water. 
Will has been working for us for over 5 years now, and loves the fact he can get broadband at the quay! 

Now studying a sports management degree in Rugby Will is "bulking up" during the summer and can be found pulling three kayaks up the pontoon at a go, or eating lots of cake in the van!!! 

Will has qualified as a SHDC Boatman and holds a outdoor first aid qualification. 
Staying in Devon Longer?
Hopefully you enjoy your time with us and return, or recommend to others by putting a review on Trip advisor or a picture on Facebook. But we understand you want to see what “South Devon has to offer” and can give you loads of ideas from a locals perspective for both water based and land activities. Bring a map and some ideas of what you like to do and we will happily advise…

Camping and Caravan parks 

Higher Well Farm is a quiet, secluded setting in beautiful countryside close to us on the outskirts of Stoke Gabriel village. Dogs welcome, and loads of space for tents, hard standing for caravans, or on site static caravans.

Broadleigh Farm Park Looking for a campsite that is open fields, allows dogs and BBQ’s than this is for you. A working farm family which provide great camping, and make their own cider. What more do you need!!

Pubs & Places

The Cellar Door An hours paddle upriver towards totnes on the Sharpham Estate. It's an open air restaurant where you can sit and enjoy a glass of Sharphams finest white wine while enjoying beautifully prepared local food taking in the glorious river views.  

The Maltsters Arms Tuckenhay
Across the River from us lies Bow creek. A suitable place for new paddlers to explore on an easy three hour paddle and a great pub lunch! Once owned by the infamous TV chef Keith Floyd, The Maltsters Arms is a warm and welcoming place and extremely popular with locals and visitors alike. 

FBI Dittisham, or the Ferry Boat Inn. The best view from a pub window  anywhere… Great food and beer plus lots of summer activities. Very memorable…

Kayak Retail Shop / Kayak Clubs

The best equipped and most helpful retail shop in the South West take a look at AS WATERSPORTS  based in Exeter. They have been established for a long time, have good local knowledge and can help anyone who is either starting out in kayaking or canoeing for the first time, or experienced club or seasoned paddlers.

Totnes Canoe Club Operating by the wear in Totnes, the club caters for children and adults with introduction to BCU 1,2 and 3 star courses.   

Paignton Canoe Club Very friendly club with a mixture of sea, river and white water paddlers. 

UK Rivers Guide Book The main site/forum to see whats going on in the world of UK kayaking.