Sea Kayak



Coaching and Qualifications

Sea Kayak



Coaching and Qualifications



Looking for an exhilarating and unforgettable sea kayaking experience? Look no further than Sea Kayak Academy! Our top-rated sea kayaking courses are designed to provide a unique and enjoyable learning experience for paddlers of all skill levels.

Personalized Attention with Excellent Instructor-to-Group Ratios

At Sea Kayak Academy, we believe in providing personalized attention to our clients. That’s why we offer excellent instructor-to-group ratios, ensuring that you receive the attention and support you need to develop your skills and have an amazing experience. Our experienced instructors will provide you with the guidance and feedback you need to improve your skills and gain confidence on the water.

Discover Your Skill Level with Our Skill Level Guide

We understand that everyone has a different skill level and experience when it comes to sea kayaking. That’s why we’ve created a Skill Level Guide that helps you figure out where you are now and what course is best suited for you. Our courses are listed in order of difficulty and experience level, making it easy for you to find the course that best suits your needs and interests.

Located in the Heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Our courses take place in the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, providing a breathtaking and inspiring backdrop for your sea kayaking course. Our instructors have extensive knowledge of the area and will take you to the best spots for learning, exploring, and having fun.

High-Quality Equipment for Maximum Comfort and Safety

We provide high-quality equipment, including top-of-the-line drysuits and women-specific buoyancy aids, ensuring that you stay warm, dry, and comfortable throughout your sea kayaking experience. Our equipment is regularly maintained and replaced to ensure that you have the best experience possible.

Book Your Sea Kayaking Course Today

Join us for a sea kayaking learning experience you’ll never forget. Book your course with Sea Kayak Academy today and experience the beauty of sea kayaking in Pembrokeshire. Don’t forget to check out our Skill Level Guide to find the course that’s right for you.

Our Reviews at Sea Kayak Academy

22. February, 2023.
I just finished a few days of moderate water training with Ian. What a great experience! Ian is a natural born teacher; patient, calm, constructive and able to nudge you out of your comfort zone in a way that feels controlled. He had me paddling in a tidal race on the first day, which is something I never thought I’d have the confidence to do. I feel I have gained so much confidence and skill from my time out along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, and also really enjoyed Ian’s extensive knowledge of the local wildlife and geology. I’m already planning to return for more!
Martin Bates
Martin Bates
27. January, 2023.
2 days with Ian on an intermediate sea kayaking course. Throughout the 2 days Ian was flexible,supportive and completely client focused. A great 2 days with loads learnt and techniques improved. Plenty of laughs along the way. Thanks. Martin
Darren Wynne
Darren Wynne
26. January, 2023.
Had a brilliant couple of days on a BC Sea Kayak Award Course with a mate. Very informative, excellent local knowledge, totally flexible with the itinerary, relaxed and helpful. Hadn't met any of the team prior to booking, but through a series of messages I was happy that they could cater for our objectives. Excellent communication throughout, simple to pay and even got a free camp spot into the bargain! We learnt way more than we could have expected, from planning with charts, maps and apps through to reading the water and picking routes through the rocks. Got some surfing into the bargain and some tide race action too! Maneuvering was practiced through some caves and rocks with some nice pour over features. Did some rough water rescue and a some risk assessment. SKA couldn't have been more accommodating throughout. The excellent photos taken by Ian were a really nice additional touch.....not many people take a DSLR out on the water! Thanks for a brilliant couple of days. We will be back for sure! Darren.
huw samuel
huw samuel
19. January, 2023.
Earlier review was for a previous session, but just been for a two day improvers course with Amy and Ian, as always totally professional but very relaxed and enjoyable. Considering the time of year we had great weather with plenty of sunshine, adding to a great experience. 👍
Jolien Gekiere
Jolien Gekiere
4. December, 2022.
I did an Advance sea kayak leader course with Ian and it was everything I was looking for. Ian is inspirational coach and did a great job with getting the best out off the conditions and tried to give every member off the group what they were looking for. I learned a lot and this was for sure not my last paddle with Ian.
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
1. December, 2022.
Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training with Ian Jennings from Sea Kayak Academy; Had a fantastic 4 days training on the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast. Along with his expert knowledge and wealth of experience, Ian's approach and coaching style in leadership was exceptional! I can highly recommend Sea Kayak Academy for any level of paddler. Truly inspirational!
Ian Kavanagh
Ian Kavanagh
21. November, 2022.
Pembrokeshire is a hidden gem for sea kayakers; tidal races, rockhopping and scenery that can only be experienced, not described. Ian Jennings found exactly the conditions we were looking for and guided us safely through to its best bits, all done with his easy going manner. We'll definitely be back.
neil buckland
neil buckland
17. November, 2022.
I had an amazing coaching session with Ian and faced some demons and came away feeling that I had progressed and was ready for more 🙂
Helen Platel (Solva Holiday Cottages)
Helen Platel (Solva Holiday Cottages)
4. October, 2022.
I was very lucky to have one to one instruction with Amy, it was a fantastic session, very concise but relaxed all at the same time ❤️ I’ve learnt loads and am hoping to come back for more. I’d recommend Sea Kayak Academy to all
26. September, 2022.
I learnt to sea kayak some years ago with Ian who taught me to be an independent paddler. I still go back and book trips and training with Ian, he has amazing local knowledge and is a great coach so you always have an enjoyable day on the water.
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


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.

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

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.

Browse our courses now and book your adventure 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


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


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.

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