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Enjoy awe-inspiring days along the Pembrokeshire coast by sea kayak
Sea kayaking weekends and holidays in Wales
The best possible way to experience the wild beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast, the spectacular sea cliffs and abundant wildlife is by sea kayak.
We have crafted a series of sea kayaking weekends and holidays which offer a slice of the inspirational Pembrokeshire National Park coast of Wales, a world renowned sea kayakers paradise
Experience the clean Atlantic ocean waters, the beauty and variety of the coastal scenery with fascinating features to be found under the high sea cliffs; waterfalls, sea caves and natural rock arches. Kayak through beautiful rock gardens, and discover a variety of fun conditions in which to explore and play, from bobbing between sea stacks, catching waves through rocky channels, chilling out in idyllic sheltered coves, to surfing onto secluded sandy beaches.
Choose from our progression of sea kayaking courses and holidays to suit the total ‘beginner’, stretch the ‘improver’ paddler and ensure that knowledge and experience are acquired to become a competent intermediate sea kayaker.
What’s a sea kayaking weekend or holiday?
Our sea kayaking weekends and holidays provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy fantastic sea kayaking exploration along this awe-inspiring coastline.
Learn to sea kayak and improve your existing kayaking skills whilst exploring our Coastal National Park in Wales. From floating in a tranquil bay surrounded by sea birds and seals, surfing on clean green waves into a sheltered bay, through to the exhilaration of surfing a sea kayak through roaring tidal races and exploring our numerous off-shore islands.
Preseli Venture has been exploring this coastline for over 30 years, so join the experts for the ultimate Pembrokeshire adventure.
The British Canoeing personal performance awards, relaunched in January 2019 as the new ‘Paddle Start, Paddle Discover and Paddle Explore’ awards, as well as the more advanced ‘sea kayak award’ can be taken, or worked towards, as part of this personal ability progression.
Choose from a weekend or a longer mid-week holiday. Full days out sea kayaking will be led by our fully qualified and friendly guides who really know their stuff. You’ll stay cosy in our well-appointed 5 star graded eco lodge accommodation. All your food is provided, meals are home cooked and delicious, and vegetarians and special diets are happily catered for.
We are a British Canoeing approved centre, with a fantastic purpose built equipment stores and changing facilities here on site, together with minibus transport to take you from the eco lodge to the nearby venues on the coast.
Sea kayak weekends
Friday evening to Sunday afternoon or Monday afternoon programmes. Beginners: At sea with the seals (2 days) Improvers: Sea kayak explorer (2 days) Intermediate: Rock and roll (3 days)
Sea kayak Odyssey holidays
Commence Sunday evenings with 3 or 4 full days of sea kayaking Beginner sea kayak odyssey (choice of 3 or 4 days), Improver sea kayak odyssey (choice of 3 or 4 days), Intermediate sea kayak odyssey (4 days)
What do the sea kayaking weekends and holiday include?
- lovely accommodation at the eco lodge, all home cooked meals (delicious packed lunches to take out paddling)
- full days sea kayaking exploration with our professional, friendly and qualified guides
- all specialist equipment including wet suits and wet suit boots
- minibus transport
- train station transfers for certain trains
Choose from three different levels to suit your sea kayaking aspirations and experience
Beginners course – At sea with the seals 2 day weekend or Beginners Odyssey 3 day or 4 day holiday: For beginner paddlers, or for those with a little experience of kayaking on rivers, lakes and flat water. The main aim for this level is to enjoy easy day trips along the most spectacular sections of the Pembrokeshire coast, taking in sheltered bays, beautiful rock gardens and booming sea caves, with plenty of time to enjoy the abundance of sea birds, seals and rocky shore life. Your guides will help you develop efficient basic paddling skills, gaining the confidence to take your knowledge and experience to the next level. On the longer holiday we can include a day out exploring the tranquil waters of the upper reaches of the Milford Haven estuary, a paradise for wildlife. By the end of the holiday we’re sure you’ll have been bitten by the sea kayaking bug and you’ll be raring to come back for some more watery adventures. The British Canoeing Paddle Start and Discover awards can be taken at the end of this course.
Improvers course – Explorer 2 day weekend or Improvers Odyssey 3 or 4 day holiday: aimed at those with some previous experience of paddling on rivers or on the sea, who would like to progress their confidence and expertise at sea kayaking. Moving water and swells will become your friends as you encounter tidal streams, play at rock hopping and ride clean green waves on longer coastal trips. You’ll acquire support strokes, try eskimo rolling (if you choose), and learn about basic rescue techniques. You will work towards becoming a competent member of a group able to travel safely and efficiently on the sea. You’ll be introduced to trip planning with a basic understanding of tides and weather. At the end of this course you’ll be able to take the British Canoeing Paddle Explore award if you wish.
Intermediate course – Rock and roll 3 day weekend or Intermediate Odyssey 4 day holiday: We’ll aim for longer more committed coastal trips including exploring out to the beautiful Pembrokeshire offshore islands. We’ll teach you to master more advanced techniques and give you the expertise and experience so you can reliably handle yourself and your kayak in rough water and tide races. You’ll get training in rescue techniques, and improving your eskimo roll. We’ll teach you about the weather and tides so you can gain confidence in your own trip planning. You will acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need for the British Canoeing Sea Kayak award which can be taken on day 3 of the Intermediate weekend or day 4 of the Intermediate Odyssey. You can read more about this award on our BC personal performance awards page. After this course you will be ready to continue your progression towards the British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak award.
To read about all the British Canoeing personal performance awards please go to www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/new-personal-performance-awards/
For those wanting to progress to a leadership award on the sea, your next step will be to attend the BC Sea kayak Leader award training and assessment courses. Please see details on the British Canoeing website www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/sea-kayak-leader
At sea with the seals beginners weekend (2 day)
April 19-21 Easter weekend
May 17 – 19
June 14 – 16
July 12 – 14
August 9 – 11
September 6 – 8
Explorer improvers weekend (2 day)
May 10 – 12
Aug 16 – 18
Sept 13 – 15
Rock and roll intermediate weekend (3 day)
May 3 – 6 Bank Holiday
June 6 – 9
Sept 20 – 23
Beginners sea kayak odyssey
May 19 – 23
June 2 – 6
July 14 – 18
August 28 – Sept 1st
Sept 8 – 12
Improvers sea kayak odyssey
April 28 – May 2
July 21 – 25
Sept 1 – 5
Intermediate sea kayak odyssey
April 21 – April 25
Sept 16 – 20
£295: weekend/two full days sea kayaking, two nights stay at the eco lodge
£439: three full days sea kayaking, three nights stay at the eco lodge
£575: four full days sea kayaking, four nights stay at the eco lodge
Frequently asked questions
Can I take any sea kayak awards?
On our beginners weekends and holidays you can work towards the British Canoeing (BC) Paddle Start and Discover awards. On our improvers courses you can take the Paddle Discover and Explore awards. On the intermediate courses we will work towards the BC Sea Kayak personal performance award.
Do you offer stand alone British Canoeing courses?
Yes, we offer the Sea Kayak award (similar level to the old 3 star test) intermediate paddler performance award and the 4 star leadership award on dedicated courses. Please check out our sea kayaking courses page for more information.
What if I can’t make one of the advertised dates?
If you have a group of 4 or more, we can look to run a sea kayaking event on a weekend or mid week date that suits you. Please do contact us and we can organise a dedicated course for your club or group of friends on your preferred dates and group rates are available.
Is this for adults only? Do I need to be super fit?
On our sea kayaking weekends and holidays we welcome adults of 17 years and over. We offer a separate dedicated family sea kayaking holiday for families with children aged 16 and under. The weekends and holidays are open to everyone, just pick the abilioty level that best suits you. As a beginner you don’t even need to be able to swim, you just need to be happy to go in the water wearing the flotation jacket. You’ll also need to fit into a wet suit that we provide. Any questions at all regarding ability or medical issues, please do contact us and we can answer any questions.
Do you offer group rates?
If you are organising a group or a club trip, discounts are available and we are happy to tailor make your holiday to suit your individual needs, interests and budget.
What equipment do you supply?
We’ll provide you with a kayaking ‘long john wet suit’, kayak jacket, buoyancy aid, a helmet wet suit boots. You’ll be warm, safely floaty and well protected. We supply a specialist sea kayak for these courses and holidays, and you are welcome to try the different types of kayaks during the course.
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