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Welcome to

Sea Kayak Academy

At the Sea Kayak Academy, we are passionate about sharing our love for sea kayaking and providing you with exceptional experiences on the water.

Our mission

To provide comprehensive sea kayaking courses and holidays that cater to all skill levels and interests.

We aim to help you become the safest, most confident paddler you can be.

Our primary focus is on helping you achieve your aspirations whether that be confidence building, skills or achieving a qualification.

Whether you are a beginner eager to learn the fundamentals, an intermediate paddler seeking to refine your technique, or an experienced kayaker looking for thrilling adventures, we have the perfect program for you.

 

Location

Sea Kayak Academy is located in Letterston, North Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom.

From our central location, we have easy access to both sheltered and exposed coastlines along the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales.

We are thrilled to be able to provide kayaking courses in some of the most awe-inspiring coastal landscapes in the world.

Onsite facilities include camping, accommodation, drying facilities, a shop and a dedicated classroom.

We are thrilled to be able to provide kayaking courses in some of the most awe-inspiring coastal landscapes in the world.

What to expect

Expert coaching, small group sizes, and top-of-the-line kayaks and equipment to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment on the water.

Our knowledgeable coaches will guide you through tailored itineraries, providing valuable coaching and support.

 

How to book

Booking a course is easy. Below are three different ways to match your required learning with the courses we offer.

Don’t forget that if you want truly bespoke training we offer private coaching.

1. Find a course to match your skills level

1. Use this guide by clicking on the level tabs above. ↑

2. Find the tab that describes your level best.

3. Match your level with the courses available below. ↓

Previous experience required:

None, start here if you haven't been in a kayak before or only a few times. We will endeavour to find the most *sheltered water* possible.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

 

Previous experience required:

For our level 2 courses, you should have a small amount of previous kayak/watersport experience or at least be fairly water confident. We stay mostly in *sheltered water* but will look to start developing your confidence in small waves and light winds.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

Previous experience required:

For our level 3 courses, you should have a fair amount of experience in a kayak in *sheltered water* - whether it be in a Sit-on-Top, sea kayak or other. At this level, we start to guide you out of *sheltered water* and spend some time in areas of *moderate water* conditions.

Level 3 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award.

 

Sheltered Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group from being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow-moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)

Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Previous experience required:

For our level 4 courses, you should have plenty of sea kayak experience, be very comfortable with the use of a spray-skirt and be comfortable with being rescued in flat water.

Level 4 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Award and aspirant British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leaders.

At this level, we generally aim to be in sustained *moderate* sea conditions with the possibility of venturing into some low level *advanced* conditions such as gentle tide races and overfalls.

 

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Advanced Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered and which cannot be avoided; sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or are difficult; sea state 4 and winds above Beaufort force 4; launching and landing through surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

Previous experience required:

For our level 5 courses, you should have plenty of sea kayak specific experience in *moderate* sea conditions. You should be comfortable with being rescued in *moderate* sea conditions and an ability to roll is desirable.

Level 5 courses are often pitched at paddlers looking to obtain their British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Award and aspirant British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leaders.

At this level, we are seeking out *advanced* sea conditions, tidal rapids and/or exposed swell.

 

Moderate Water as defined by British Canoeing:

A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Advanced Water as defined by British Canoeing:

Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered and which cannot be avoided; sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or are difficult; sea state 4 and winds above Beaufort force 4; launching and landing through surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

 

2. Want for a specific date?

Use the calendar below to find a course by date. Can’t see the date you require please contact us to set something up.

3. Looking for a specific course?

Explore our course catalogue and use the filtering options to select a specific course. Once you’ve chosen a course, you can view all available dates for that particular program.

Discover your potential

Join us at Sea Kayak Academy and embark on an incredible journey of discovery, camaraderie, and personal growth.

Our Reviews at Sea Kayak Academy

paul cokeley
paul cokeley
2. November, 2023.
Very professional, and an excellent supportive environment. I thoroughly recommend Sea Kayak Academy for training and assessment. Fantastic.
Russell Sheen
Russell Sheen
23. October, 2023.
Great weekend splashing about on, and in the sea, lots of valuable instruction given in such a short period, plenty enough for me think about at least. Camping worked well and coastline is of course stunning.
Guido S
Guido S
23. October, 2023.
We did the beginners course with Amy and what can I say, it was a fantastic day! A warm welcome was followed by a compact briefing with really helpful tips for the day and route planning in general. Even the required safety briefing was good and useful (see end of the day). Then we went to Fischguard and got into the boats and onto the water. As we wound our way along the cliffs around the rocks, Amy was a source of information in the most beautiful "classroom" imaginable. We were particularly proud when we successfully rescued each other at the end of the day in a rescue exercise. The only negative thing is that we are now completely addicted to kayaking and we are planning when we can book the next course. So watch this space! :-) Guido
Sandrine Perkins
Sandrine Perkins
13. October, 2023.
I had a great day with Amy learning about safety measures and practising rescue. What a privilege to have one to one coaching! The day started in the classroom where I was provided with so much relevant and useful information to prepare a kayak outing. We then moved to the sea where I felt in good hands to practise new skills such as edging and rescue. I can't wait for the next course
Stephen Morris
Stephen Morris
12. October, 2023.
Had a very informative theory session before a well-chosen trip on the water. Amy was extremely knowledgeable.
Tracey John
Tracey John
9. October, 2023.
We have just spent a day sea kayaking with Jake off the Pembrokeshire coast - it was amazing! Jake was kind, supportive, encouraging and a great instructor. From the beginning of our interactions with the Sea Kayaking Academy it has been a good experience they have been accommodating of our small group and communicated well throughout the booking. We will definitely go back and hopefully sea kayak again with Jake. Thank you 😊
huw samuel
huw samuel
6. October, 2023.
Attended another course at Sea Kayak Academy. As always totally professional, make for a great two days. Weather was challenging but felt very safe with Ian's guidance. I'll be back.
Amanda MacIntyre
Amanda MacIntyre
2. October, 2023.
Attended a sea kayaking course run by the academy. It was very well delivered and planned out. Totally enjoyable wonderful two days. Due to weather the format was changed slightly to accommodate for safe time on the water plus time in class room working on improving our knowledge as well as paddling skills. Ian was great and made the whole event so enjoyable and fun. Could not recommend highly enough.
Rachel Chamberlain
Rachel Chamberlain
25. September, 2023.
Fantastic week led by Amy. As well as being a great holiday she gave us individual coaching to improve our kayaking and involved us in the decision making every day. I would definitely recommend.
Lynda Chipperfield
Lynda Chipperfield
17. September, 2023.
Super time, very informative course and we totally enjoyed our stay.
Stunning Pembrokeshire view with sea kayakers
Kayaking through arches
Safety sea kayak rescue portrait
Sea kayaker surfing
Stunning Pembrokeshire view with sea kayakers

Sea Kayak Academy

 Highlights

Top level coaching

Low group to coach ratios

No minimum booking numbers to run

Drying facilities

Dedicated training room

On-site camping and accommodation

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Kajak sport - marco close up

Our Team

Passionate kayakers from a variety of disciplines specialising in Sea Kayaking. Every day is a kayaking day for our team.

Our dedicated team of experienced coaches is committed to helping you unlock your full potential as a kayaker.

Plan Your Next Course With Us

Embark on an unforgettable sea kayaking journey with Sea Kayak Academy. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced sea kayaker, we’re dedicated to helping you develop your skills and have an amazing experience.

 Popular courses:

Plan Your Next Course With Us

Embark on an unforgettable sea kayaking journey with Sea Kayak Academy. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced sea kayaker, we’re dedicated to helping you develop your skills and have an amazing experience.

Popular courses:

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.

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 kayaks and equipment to keep you warm and dry. Which is why we are proud to provide quality equipment, 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 & paddle jacket*
  • Shoes
  • Helmet
  • Drybag (for your sandwiches, spare warm layers, etc)

*Drysuits are provided on cold days.
Long-john wetsuits and paddle jackets are better for milder conditions.
On particularly hot days, just your own shorts and T-shirt will do.

More info on the equipment we provide.

 

What do I need to bring with me?

Water-based courses

Always bring:

  • Comfortable warm layers to be worn underneath a drysuit
  • Towel (for changing afterwards)
  • Shoes
  • 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.

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

GIFT VOUCHERS

Want to send a unique gift to a loved one?

How about the opportunity to kayak the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline?

A Sea Kayak Academy gift voucher allows the holder to make memories and improve safety at sea.

A gift that will last a lifetime!

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