Your Gateway to Unforgettable Sea Kayaking Adventures!

Welcome to the Sea Kayak Academy

Welcome to

the 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. We are a dedicated team of experienced instructors and guides, committed to helping you unlock your full potential as a kayaker.

Our mission is simple: to offer comprehensive sea kayaking courses and holidays that cater to all skill levels and interests. 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.

Located in the heart of the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Wales, our courses take place in some of the most awe-inspiring coastal landscapes in the world. From towering cliffs and hidden coves to pristine beaches and abundant wildlife, this is a kayaker’s paradise that offers endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

When you choose the Sea Kayak Academy, you can expect expert instruction, small group sizes, and top-of-the-line equipment to ensure your comfort, safety, and enjoyment on the water. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide you through tailored itineraries, providing valuable coaching and support along the way. 

We invite you to browse through our website and discover the diverse range of courses and holidays we offer. From introductory lessons to advanced skill development, from serene coastal explorations to adrenaline-pumping expeditions, we have something to suit every kayaker’s desires.

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


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.

High-Quality Equipment for Maximum Comfort and Safety

We understand the importance of providing high-quality equipment for a comfortable and enjoyable sea kayaking experience. That’s why we offer top-of-the-line drysuits and women-specific buoyancy aids to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable throughout your adventure. Our equipment is regularly maintained and replaced, guaranteeing that you have the best gear at your disposal.

Guests are Welcome to Use Their Own Equipment

We also understand that some guests may prefer to use their own trusted equipment. If you have your own sea kayaking gear, you are more than welcome to use it during our courses. We encourage you to bring your own equipment if you feel most comfortable and confident with it.

Located in the Heart of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Immerse yourself in the natural splendour of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park as you embark on our sea kayaking courses. Set against a breathtaking backdrop, our courses offer a perfect blend of learning, exploration, and fun. With extensive knowledge of the area, our experienced instructors will take you to the best spots for an unforgettable sea kayaking experience.

Holiday Cottage and Camping Available

Make the most of your time with us by staying in our convenient onsite accommodations. We offer a cosy holiday cottage where you can unwind in ultimate comfort. Wake up to panoramic views and enjoy the convenience of being just steps away from your sea kayaking adventures.

For those seeking a closer connection with nature, we also have camping available onsite. Our dedicated campsite offers a small and quiet atmosphere, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings.

Kit Washing and Drying Facilities

To further enhance your experience, we provide convenient kit washing and drying rooms. After a day on the water, you can easily clean and dry your gear, ensuring it’s ready for your next excursion. We strive to make your sea kayaking journey as convenient and hassle-free as possible, allowing you to focus on getting the most out of your time with us.

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

Equipment drying rooms

Pembrokeshire coast

Dedicated training room

On-site camping and Accommodation

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, camping, self contained holiday cottage 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.

 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.

Camping & Holiday Cottage

Imagine spending your days paddling along the stunning coastline, exploring hidden coves and majestic cliffs. And when it’s time to rest and rejuvenate, we have you covered with our on-site camping and holiday cottage options.

For those who enjoy the simplicity of camping, we provide spacious and well-maintained camping areas where you can pitch your tent or park your campervan. Immerse yourself in nature as you wake up to the sound of birdsong, breathe in the fresh Pembrokeshire air, and sip your morning coffee while planning your kayaking adventures for the day.

If you prefer a more cosy and private experience, our holiday cottage is the perfect choice. Designed with comfort in mind, the cottage is equipped with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. It features a comfortable bedroom that sleeps two, a fully equipped kitchen, a cosy living area, and a private bathroom. After a day of paddling, return to the cottage to unwind and recharge for another exciting day on the water.

Our on-site camping and holiday cottage options provide you with the convenience and flexibility to fully immerse yourself in the sea kayaking experience. No need to worry about commuting or finding accommodation elsewhere. Everything you need is right here, allowing you to focus on honing your kayaking skills and exploring the breathtaking surroundings.

Whether you choose camping or the holiday cottage, you’ll have access to our knowledgeable and friendly staff who are passionate about sea kayaking. They’ll be more than happy to provide guidance, answer any questions, and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to combine your sea kayaking course with comfortable on-site accommodation. Book your stay with us today and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.

Kit Washing & Drying Rooms

We understand the importance of properly washing and drying your kayaking equipment. That’s why at Sea Kayak Academy, our dedicated washing and drying facilities are designed to provide a safe and efficient environment for your gear.

Whether it’s your wetsuit, drysuit, or other kayaking gear, our facilities are equipped with rinsing baths, hanging racks, ventilation systems, and designated areas for storage. This ensures that your equipment is properly washed, aired out and dried, minimising the risk of mould, mildew, or odours.

By utilizing our washing and drying facilities, you can have peace of mind knowing that your gear will be well taken care of.

After a day of thrilling paddling, you can trust that your equipment will be ready for your next adventure.

We believe that maintaining and preserving your gear is essential for both its longevity and your overall kayaking experience.

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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