Sea Kayak

ACADEMY

 

Coaching and Qualifications

Sea Kayaking Courses

Sea Kayak Academy provides quality courses, from first-time paddlers to advanced sea kayaking assessments.

Expect to improve skills, increase awareness and meet like-minded people, all whilst having fun enjoying the spectacular beauty of Pembrokeshire in Wales.

Excellent instructor-to-group ratios

To ensure you get the personal attention you need. From complete beginner to advanced sea kayak guru, we are here to help you along every step of that wonderful journey.

 

Located in the Beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

We have access to the Pembrokeshire coastline which is the perfect environment for learning, exploring and developing your sea kayaking skills.

 

Skill Level

Courses are listed in order of difficulty and experience level. Find where you are now and work your way down the list from there!

Sea Kayaking Courses

Sea Kayak Academy provides quality courses, from first-time paddlers to advanced sea kayaking assessments.

Expect to improve skills, increase awareness and meet like-minded people, all whilst having fun enjoying the spectacular beauty of Pembrokeshire in Wales.

Discover your potential

Excellent instructor-to-group ratios

To ensure you get the personal attention you need. From complete beginner to advanced sea kayak guru, we are here to help you along every step of that wonderful journey.

 

Located in the Beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

We have access to the Pembrokeshire coastline which is the perfect environment for learning, exploring and developing your sea kayaking skills.

 

Skill Level

Courses are listed in order of difficulty and experience level. Find where you are now and work your way down the list from there!

Stunning Pembrokeshire view with sea kayakers
Kayaking through arches
Safety sea kayak rescue portrait
Sea kayaker surfing
Stunning Pembrokeshire view with sea kayakers

Our Reviews at Sea Kayak Academy

Based on 11 reviews.
Nuala Galazka
Nuala Galazka
5. September, 2022.
Fantastic day kayaking Ramsay Island. Lots of seals. Great tips for technique I would thoroughly recommend going out with Ian
Ben Pickering
Ben Pickering
16. August, 2022.
Cracking morning doing some advanced water skills round Dinas Head. Learnt so much and the coaches were really supportive. Will definitely come back again.
Steve Wise
Steve Wise
16. August, 2022.
Great weather and tides awareness course. Thought I knew enough to stay safe but learnt a lot more than expected. Taught in a fun and relaxing way in small group numbers. Ian is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructor. We even covered understanding wildlife behaviour and when to approach or stay away from birds, seals and dolphins. I'm looking at other courses here.
Ian Mackay
Ian Mackay
25. July, 2022.
My two sons and I had a fantastic day with Sea Kayak Academy the experience is one I would thoroughly recommend to those who want to try out sea kayaking. Amy's sea safety coaching and kayaking instruction was very informative without impacting on the enjoyment of our day on the water. We felt safe and comfortable at all times. A very enjoyable day including the non-mandatory dunking at the end!
Neil Pattinson
Neil Pattinson
4. July, 2022.
We had a day with Amy - a mix of guided paddle plus tuition to build our confidence after a long winter lay-off! Amy was great at picking up on our weaknesses (and strengths!) and giving us exercises and tips to improve our paddling. She's also excellent company and a good person to paddle with. I've no hesitation in recommending Sea Kayak Academy - we'll be using them again, for sure!
Andrew Prosser
Andrew Prosser
28. June, 2022.
Had a fantastic days safety course with Kayak Kings Very windy day made safe Very knowledgeable excellently put across Amy was an amazing host went the extra mile to help us Highly recommended for everyone 10 out of 10 Many Thanks Amy Andrew Prosser
Jeanette Holder
Jeanette Holder
25. June, 2022.
An absolutely great Sea kayaking weekend with Ian, he is a very professional coach, his experience is second to none and he has excellent local knowledge of good paddles around the coastline to suit all abilities. Our 26km paddle around the southern part of the coast was spectacular and the paddle to Skomer Island to see the puffins is well worth a visit in May. Would also recommend these guys if you want to have the most enjoyable training and trips. He is a great coach and We shall be back!
Bethan Pryke
Bethan Pryke
14. June, 2022.
Super coastal navigation course with Ian. Really knowledgeable and has loads of different ways of explaining a pretty complex subject in a way that wasn’t death by powerpoint. Really patient with even the most basic questions, never made me feel like I couldn’t ask something. 10/10!
Kajak Sport
Kajak Sport
14. June, 2022.
I had excellent day out in the water with Ian. Ian is professional and easy going guide that I enjoy paddling with. Surroundings and the water is spectacular. There are lots of sea and bird life. If you have never paddled in Pembrokeshire it is definitely must thing to do! Thanks!
Steven Adams
Steven Adams
1. June, 2022.
The course was very informative refreshing knowledge that I had and Ian introduced new ways of looking at forecasts ,tides and conditions to help with informed decision making.

Sea Kayak Academy

 Highlights

Top level coaching

Low group to coach ratios

No minimum booking numbers to run

Pembrokeshire coast

Dedicated training room

Equipment included

Sea kayaker surfing

About us

A team of kayakers who are dedicated to providing quality kayaking courses and qualifications.

Sea Kayak Academy
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The Sea Kayak Academy focus on the individual development of each and every paddler we meet.

We aim to help you become the safest, most confident paddler you can be. Whilst qualifications are great for measuring our abilities we intend to focus on making better paddlers first.

We have dedicated onsite facilities including a drying tunnel, training room and a kayak shop.

Plan Your Next Course With Us

From complete beginner to advanced sea kayak guru, we are here to help you along every step of that wonderful journey.

View our courses and book with us today!

 

 

Plan Your Next Course With Us

From complete beginner to advanced sea kayak guru, we are here to help you along every step of that wonderful journey.

View our courses and book with us today!

 

 

Sit On Top - Safety Day

Learn about the basics of using a sit-on-top kayak safely in the sea environment.

Gain the ability to plan simple trips and paddle them with confidence.

Sit On Top - Improvers Day

Coaching on your specific needs to improve skills, knowledge and confidence allows you to get to more adventurous locations in the future.

Introduction to Sea Kayaking

For those who’ve never kayaked before but who are intrigued by the more traditional sit-inside sea kayaks.

Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning

Plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions.

What Our Clients Say

"SoT Kayak Safety course

Amy, our instructor for the day, was excellent, communicating everything clearly. I was immediately reassured. Guidance, tuition and activity were nicely balanced with plenty of time for exploring caves and observing wildlife. I’d highly recommend this course to anyone looking to explore their local coastline. I feel much more confident in planning and executing a trip now.

– Jonathon S

"Fantastic!!!

Thoroughly enjoyed our day and learnt so much. Amy our instructor was amazing and very knowledgeable in terms of using the Kayak safely as well as the local area and its wildlife. Thanks very much – we will be back.

– Gareth

FAQs

What kit do you provide?

Here at Sea Kayak Academy, we believe in providing the absolute best experience possible.

We feel that your experience is a far more enjoyable one if you are using the best equipment and staying warm and dry, which is why we are proud to provide quality kit including dry suits.

  • Equipment you will be provided with for all water-based courses includes:
  • Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Spraydeck (for sit-in kayak courses)
  • Drysuit / Wetsuit*
  • Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Drybag (for your sandwiches, spare warm layers, etc)

In winter and on cold days you can wear one of our dry suits, on cooler days one of our long john wetsuits and paddle jackets and on those particularly hot days, just your own shorts and t-shirt will do. 

 

What do I need to bring with me?

Water-based courses

Always bring:

  • Comfortable warm layers to be worn underneath a drysuit.
  • Shoes
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch
  • Extra snacks

Also bring on…

Hot days:
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear if you opt to wear a wetsuit, or for that lunchtime swim
Cold days:
  • Extra sweatshirt
  • Warm hat

Land-based courses

Always bring:

  • Lunch (Alternatively the nearest garage is located a 10-minute drive away in Letterston)
  • A notepad and pen

We will provide tea, coffee and water.

Can I bring my own kit:

You are most welcome to bring any or all of your own kit.

You do not need to notify us ahead of time what kit you require, we will be able to organise all required equipment when we meet you.

Before heading out from the base for the day your coach will check to ensure that your kit is suitable for the environment and is in good condition. If anything is deemed unsuitable for the course we will ask you to use our equipment.

We can also help you with any questions you may have about your equipment.

Sea Kayak Academy has a range of equipment for sale. Please visit our online shop or get in contact for details.

Our Blog

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Kajak Sport – Marko’s Sea kayak in Pembrokeshire

Marko from Kajak Sports experience with Sea Kayak Academy. Kajak Sport is a company based in Finland that designs and manufactures high-quality kayak parts – if you own a sea kayak it’s highly likely that at least some of the parts are manufactured by Kajak Sport. One...

Toddler kayaks to Skomer Island

Toddler kayaks to Skomer Island

Toddler kayaks on a sea kayaking adventure.Toddler kayaks to Skomer Island to see the puffins. Tristan loves puffins, ever since he was a baby Amy and I have been telling him stories and showing him pictures and videos of us paddling over to, and around, Skomer...

How to ensure a good fit on your buoyancy aid

How to ensure a good fit on your buoyancy aid

Inspect your buoyancy aid Check for any rips or tears in the fabric or webbing. Note also that buoyancy aids degrade with time so if it is an older model, it may be worth weight testing it to ensure it is up to the job (More information on this coming in a later...

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