Sea Kayak Guides
Sea Kayak Guides
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We specialise in bespoke guiding and coaching - whether you want to explore the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline, or have personal skills coaching or work towards yournext BCU award.We are some of the UK's most experienced coaches and we take great pride in offering you top quality equipment and a tailor-made experience.
St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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Travellers' Choice
2024

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Marcus189
Winchester, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
I had read about kayaking on the tidal standing wave in William Thomson's book The Book of Tides.

It sounded an amazing experience for me and my son with the only problem being that we had MINIMAL kayaking experience (although a fair bit of paddleboarding and sailing). I booked day of learning in Chichester harbour to prepare for the trip and then found sea kayak guides online.

I had a couple of chats with Martin and we agreed a plan to see if we might be able to get out there.

Our first morning, Martin took us out and led us around the rugged coastline, encouraging us to play near the rocks to see how we handled it. Martin gave us a lot of confidence we felt really safe trying exciting manoevures in the waves and small swell.

After lunch, he actually took us out to the waves and we were delighted he felt we were safe to go out there. We had a gentle play kayaking with the current before returning home with a plan to come back in two days to have a more serious go.

Martin got up extra early for a 7am start to give us the best chance to get out there and an early morning fog didn't stop us.

What really stood out was Martin's kindness and extremely relaxed manner and we all picked up paddling tips just by watching him.

We enjoyed some seal spotting whilst we waited for the current to turn and then headed to the rapids. Martin carefuly explained how to cross eddy lines and ferry glide into the main current. Both my son and I enjoyed a short surf on some baby waves before we had to leave as they quickly become too strong for novice paddlers.

Martin did everything we could have asked for and more and we are eternally grateful to him for such a great expereince.

His knowledge of the tide and currents is staggering and we even managed another little surf on the paddle back to Whitesands.

It is a stunning a beautiful place and the perfect playground for an active family like ours and I can see us heading back there very regulalry - the next trip will be to see more seals and the Puffins of Skomer Island.

There is no doubt we will use sea kayaks guides again. A small company passionate about helping people have memorable experiences.

We also had a cracking morning coasteering with Martin :-)
Written 25 August 2023
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zippyk2
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
WHAT A DAY!!! Arranged a bespoke kayak with Ben and expressed the desire for a little instruction balanced with getting to know the coastal landscape of Wales for 3 of us- and WOW! We were set up with great kit and prepared for any weather, learned the weather and wind in our location choice and finally brought to the truly spectacular coastline near Abercastle for an all-day sea kayak, exploring coves, beaches and caves. Our guide John couldn’t have been nicer and more informative, a truly great companion for the adventure, just right for us and our older teen. His experience and generosity helped us to navigate and gain confidence on the water, and most of all to appreciate every moment we had in the beautiful landscape. We got some sun and the luck of crystal blue water, spotted jellies, crabs and ventured into tight spots when the water was right. Each kayaker found their rhythm, learned to love the water and read the changes. Can’t recommend these guys enough- they know (and love) what they’re doing and John instilled confidence in us all for next time. A truly memorable experience. We hope to return for more someday. THANK YOU!
Written 6 June 2021
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Tini D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Had a fantastic day with Martin, looking for wildlife. The wildlife weren't keen at first, so he seamlessly moved to taking us rock-hopping and showing us the fun side of playing around on sea kayaks, improving our skills at the same time.

The kit was good quality and fitted well, and the boats and paddles were similarly very high quality and well maintained, and he took the time to make sure the boats and kit fitted well and were right for us.

The weather was not ideal for paddling, but Martin found somewhere we could go that was sheltered and safe, and included us in the planning. He was friendly and open, with a wealth of knowledge about the area and the wildlife. Didn't even mind fishing me out of the water 3 times! Will definitely be booking here again!

Oh, and there are dolphins here!
Written 10 April 2023
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Canopus
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Wonderful experience overall. They said they'd have a larger kayak for a larger person like me (120kg) and they delivered. I'd had to use a double kayak a few years ago when a different company in Devon had said they had a larger kayak but didn't. These guys made an effort to find me a kayak I could use which allowed to experience kayaking in a very different way. My friend and I spent two days with Ben on a bespoke course and it was wonderful. Ben starter with introducing us to the planning required to kayak safely. We wanted to sight see and gain some skills at the same time and Ben chose the appropriate coast near Fishguard for it's calmer conditions on the day for our requirements. He gradually eased us into different kayaking skills as we travelled. At the end of the first day we practiced being rescued by Ben close to the beach to remove any anxiety we might've had about turning over in the sea. Ben also has a wealth of knowledge about the local environment. It really felt like he was trying to pass on his knowledge, skills, and love for kayaking and Pembrokeshire. My previous feeling with the company in Devon had felt commercial.

So overall, I'd highly recommend Sea Kayak Guides. They know their stuff and try to make it a worthwhile experience for you while passing on their knowledge and love of kayaking.
Written 14 July 2021
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Jeremy
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
As enthusiastic amateurs, my son and I wanted a day where we were pushed a bit while learning a new technique or two. We were not disappointed. Martin and Rachael did a thorough job of discussing the best places to launch, trip planning and overall safety prior to setting off (it was blowing a force 5/6 so this was important). Once on the water, we felt that we could push a bit harder than if we had been out on our own as we knew that if it all went south, we were in safe hands. Both Martin and Rachael spent time pointing out ways of improving our technique and adding new ideas as we paddled and went through some self rescue methods before we finished. A really great and memorable day. Thanks, we will be back.
Written 12 September 2020
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Samuel O
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
This was a brillient adventurous day out - we couldn't recommend it more!

Ben, our guide for the day, took me and my partner out for her 30th birthday. We wanted to see the coast and lots of wildlife - Ben was happy to deliver. We got to see the wildlife up close, including puffins, seels, porpoises and more!

It's been years since we've been kayaking so our skill levels were low, but Ben was very accomodating and made sure we were always comfortable with what we were doing. Ben provided lots of helpful tips as we went along and made us feel safe the whole time, what a great guide.

Before we set off for the day, Ben went through how to safely plan a sea kayaking tirp in an unexpected amount of detail, taking into account wind direction/speed, swell and current timings ect. This was extremely interesting and valuable, and has provided us with a solid starting point if we want to plan our own trips in the future.

Towards the end of the day my partner started to feel sea sick, but Ben imediately jumped into acction made sure we quickly got back to shore and she soon felt better without incident. Ben went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience - a brillient guide. We would definately like to go again!
Written 17 April 2022
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Rich H
London23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Just a single day guiding for me (wish it was more but the wife would only allow me so much!) but it was truly excellent. You are in safe hands with this outfit and the approach is really professional plus they are really sound guys. I had some specific needs having been a regular kayaker but with a 10 year gap and Martin was able to tailor his approach, being encouraging but also delivering so much good advice. I was particularly impressed with Martin's approach to planning the day and how to look at the tides and prevailing wind conditions. Don't go with the big companies, these guys are the real deal and you won't be sorry!
Written 1 September 2020
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Danni B
Sheffield, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
This is our second time this year booking with Sea Kayak Guides. We had a guiding session in July with Ben, and enjoyed it so much we came back to increase our skills for 2 days personal coaching.

During our 2 days we had Ben and Rachel instruct and guide us, and I can not speak highly enough on how they provide you with the skills and encouragement you need to be more confident on the water.

We really liked how Ben and Rachel both start out the day by planning routes with you based on the conditions, using maps to write on and relevant apps for weather, wind, swell, tide times etc. We’ve taken these skills to become more confident to rock hop and paddle on our own.

We will definitely be back to enhance our skills further. Communication with the team was great.
Written 19 September 2021
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Geraldine J
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We have just had a brilliant couple of days out with Ben coaching our moving water skills around Ramsey Island and crossing the sound. Ben pitched it perfectly for us with just the right amount of challenge to keep it fun while helping us develop our skills and build our confidence. We came back buzzing and eager to go back for more. Thank you Ben for some fab coaching!
Written 9 August 2023
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Paul J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Had 2 days with Ben, Martin & Bramble as part of a large group. Highly recommended. they take the time before you get on the water to demonstrate the very important planning aspects of the trip. On the water they split the group into experienced and not and made sure everyone got what they wanted out of the day. They built trust in everybody's ability to make their own decisions, but always with safety as paramount. Very easy teaching style that comes with year's of experience. Good equipment if you need it. Oh, and fun. Lots.
Written 29 June 2022
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