Welcome to Encounter Cornwall, soon to be known as Paddle Cornwall River Encounters (PCRE), following the purchase of Encounter Cornwall by the co-owners of Paddle Cornwall SUP, Clair, Jules, Phil & Ben.
Up until November 2020, Paddle Cornwall SUP were a mobile, Stand Up Paddle Board school offering SUP lessons and tours on the stunning River Fowey, launching from the slipway in Golant in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After trading for 18 months and receiving some great feedback from our customers we were inspired to look at ways to further diversify our service offer, and so when the opportunity to purchase the award winning Encounter Cornwall from Karen & David presented itself it was the perfect opportunity to put down some roots and offer both Kayak & SUP lessons & tours, and so Paddle Cornwall River Encounters was born.
Clair & Phil, your instructors & tour guides, are both qualified as Paddle Sport Leaders with British Canoe, having already completed their BSUPA L1 SUP Instructor training and gaining their licenses from Fowey Harbour Commissioners to operate on the River Fowey. Now out on the river most days, sharing their knowledge of the waterways and its wildlife, with both Kayak and SUP enthusiasts alike, no two days are ever the same, and each tour and lesson brings an opportunity for our guests to witness the ever changing landscape and wildlife on the river, and learn new skills or enhance existing ones. In 2021 we will be welcoming Ben Connibeer our business partner and husband of Clair to the team as an additional Instructor along with our good friend Jamie Leonard, so we are all set for a busy season.
Our passion is the water, and whether you are a newcomer to Kayak or SUP, rest assured you are in safe hands.
Now with our offices based full time at The Boatshed and our "Boatshed" cafe open daily from 10am till 4pm we look forward to welcoming both old friends and new.
Meet the Team:
Clair, our Lead Instructor (and to be honest, the reason our business exists) was born & raised in Golant and after extensive travels around the world, returned home to complete her degree in Tourism Management and to raise her family with husband Ben. Having held various roles in her chosen field, Clair was always drawn back to the playground of her childhood, the River Fowey, from Golant, always looking for opportunities to turn her passion for the village of Golant and its waterways into a business. Clair was introduced to SUP several years ago and was hooked after her first venture out on a board and made the decision to train as a SUP instructor.
Enter stage left, Jules, wife of Phil and former corporate girl looking for a way to embrace the county in which she now lived and to find a way of relaxing after a busy day in the office. By no means a natural to any sport! let alone one that involved water, Jules joined Clair out on the boards for a SUP lesson and has been hooked ever since. Utilising her office skills, Jules is the "Go To" land-based OP's Manager and your first point of contact for bookings and event management, and as I am writing this, I will add the "backbone" of the company tee hee!
Phil is our in house "surfer", and has travelled the world in search of that perfect wave! More at home on the water than on land, Phil is a dry liner by trade, but completed his BSUPA L1 SUP instructor course 18 months ago and after joining Clair on the British Canoeing Paddle Sport Leader course has now joined the team full time, swapping plaster boarding for a very different kid of boarding! Phil loves our SUP parties and the kids will agree he is the life and soul and the first to get wet!
And then there is Ben, Plumber by day, designer by night and the brainchild behind STAND. clothing our very own SUP clothing range. Ben is responsible for our online shop and the designs that feature on our merchandise, adding yet another string to our bow. Ben will be joining the team on the water in April as a Paddle Sport Leader and tour guide and although he has loved his career as a plumber the thought of spending his days on the water are a huge motivator for his designs.
As a team we are thrilled at the opportunity to take up the reigns from Karen & David the former owners of Encounter Cornwall and bring a wider range of water-based activities to the local community and visitors alike. We have big shoes to fill, but we are committed to offering the same standards of service enjoyed by previous Encounter Cornwall guests and our aim is to further enhance the experiences of our guests and to create an all-inclusive ethos around everything we do. You don't have to be experienced or the fittest of folk to enjoy being out on the water and we promise we will help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
Encounter Cornwall is a member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the local Friends of the Fowey Estuary, and were one of 12 specially chosen members of Coast (Cornwall Sustainable Tourism) Reboot – an experimental programme to show the positive environmental impact that businesses can have, which has helped shape our thinking! with the takeover of Encounter by Paddle Cornwall SUP we have also added our partnership with "Plastic patrol" to our portfolio, further enhancing our commitment to caretake the waterways and actively work towards a sustainable business future.
See FAQ's for our Green Policy.
Opening For Business
After spending BOTH lockdowns carrying out a complete refurb of The Boatshed & Cafe, we hope to be open for business again from Monday 29th March 2021!! COVID-19 restrictions permitting.
Opening Hours will be 10am - 5pm for the CAFE (Takeaway only until further notice) Tours, hire & sessions as per the on line schedule.
Please call the Boatshed for any enquiries on: 01726-832451
Stay safe and see you all soon.....