Meet the Team

Our team of dedicated sea kayaking coaches is a blend of seasoned paddlers, united by a shared love for adventure and a commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for every enthusiast.

Ian Jennings - Chief Sea Kayak Coach

Ian Jennings

  • Sea Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) – British Canoeing
  • White Water Coach – British Canoeing

Ian had his first kayaking experience at the age of 9 on a family holiday to Centre Parcs. He enjoyed the experience so much that he then joined a local canoe club.

In his early twenties during a paddle at a local activity centre. Ian had a light bulb moment whilst conversing with one of the activity staff “…you mean you can do this stuff and get paid for it?!?!”. He immediately joined as a volunteer, quickly gaining many outdoor qualifications. Later Ian joined the centre as a member of staff the following season.

Since then Ian’s love for kayaking and the sea has drawn him to spend most of his time out on the water guiding, leading, coaching or just paddling for himself.

Ian has worked all over the UK, New Zealand and Switzerland but feels truly at home whilst paddling the Pembrokeshire coast. With the exception of a few wayward teenage years; Ian has over 25 years of kayaking experience.

Amy Jennings - Sea Kayak Coach

Amy Jennings

  • Sea Kayak Coach – British Canoeing
  • Qualified yoga teacher

Amy’s introduction to kayaking came when she acquired a job at a local kayak shop (despite not knowing the front of a canoe from the back at that point!), surrounded by likeminded people she quickly developed a love of kayaking and spent as much time as possible on the water, widening her product knowledge and progressing her skills.

Once working for the shop Amy immediately began to develop her product knowledge in the most exciting way possible – out on the water.

Since then Amy has kayaked all over the world guiding, leading and coaching groups as far as New Zealand and Switzerland.

 

Kayaker holding a Spider crab

Ant Goddard

  • Level 3 Sea Coach
  • Level 4 Inland Coach
  • Kayak Surfer

Sea Kayak Academy owner, builder of websites, builder of buildings, the acquirer of kit, fixer of problems and realiser of dreams…

Water mad and loves sharing the Pembrokeshire coast with people…

These days far more likely found running the office for “Kayak-King Pembrokeshire LTD” under which, Sea Kayak Academy operates.

Tristan toddler kayaking

Tristan Jennings

  • Level 10 Fun Coach
  • Advanced Duplo Engineer
  • Legend 

Son of Amy and Ian, this cheeky little ball of energy spends most of his time outside enjoying the world around him. He often appears on the website and on our social media pages.

Our Affiliates

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Established in 1936, British Canoeing is the National Governing Body for paddlesport in the United Kingdom. British Canoeing has distinguished qualifications that are recognized all over the world.

The Pembrokeshire Marine Code protects the amazing marine flora and fauna for which our area is renowned.

Here at the Academy we strictly adhere to these voluntary codes and access restrictions to help preserve the splendour for future generations.

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Sea Kayak Academy is the distributor of Segla Gear Paddles in the United Kingdom.

As direct sales partners and the official test centre in the UK, we are dedicated to bringing you the pinnacle of paddling excellence through Segla’s cutting-edge products.