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St Davids Sea and Surf Kayaking Festival 2017

General Information

This May we are very excited to be working with our friends Sea Kayak Guides to bring you St David's first ever Sea and Surf Kayak Festival! Come and join us for a weekend in sunny St David’s where we will show off our world class coastline. Not many places in the world have such a diversity of paddling environments. You can choose to go on a gentle wildlife extravaganza, surf on one of our stunning beaches or a play in our world class tide races.

We believe in low student to guide ratios to maintain top quality coaching and a high level of safety.

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Sea Kayaking

Sea Kayak Skills – What level are you at?



You may or may not have tried sea kayaking before; this is an opportunity to give it a go. You need to be happy in or on the water.


You should have some previous kayaking experience (not necessarily in a sea kayak), with the ability to control a kayak enough to allow efficient travel along the coastline. You will be introduced to gentle swells and surf and look at paddling with and against wind and tide (approx. BC 2*skill level).


Paddlers should have a reasonable level of paddling ability. They should have paddled before in swell, wind and some gently moving water. We will endeavour to help paddlers develop their skills to allow them to become a more independent paddler and an active team member (approx. BC 3* skill level).


This is for those paddlers who hold BC 4* certificate. They need to be happy paddling in moderate sea states in winds up to force 4. We will be working in more advanced tidal and surf conditions to help develop personal and leadership skills.


If you are still not sure which level you fit in to please give us a ring. It is essential that all attendees only book on to sessions which are appropriate to their skills and aims to ensure the best possible experience both for themselves and other group members.


Sea Kayak Sessions

Introduction to the Pembrokeshire coastline

Day trips along our wonderful coastline practicing old skills and learning new ones.

Skill level: Introductory upwards


Marine and Environmental workshop

This session will concentrate on exploring the pristine local marine environment. From the nooks and crannies of our rocky shore to the wide expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and its inhabitants.

Skill level: Introductory upwards


Rock Hopping

Personal boat handling skills in and around the rocks, reading swell, swell forecasting, group management, rescue skills and lots and lots of fun.

Skill level: Intermediate upwards


Introduction to tide races

Pembrokeshire has some of the best tide races in the world. This session will focus on introducing paddlers to this dynamic, exciting and challenging environment. We will coach you on basic techniques for handling your kayak such as breaking in and out, surfing over-falls and above all group safety and rescue techniques.

Skill level: Intermediate only


Playing the sea

This session is all about developing paddling, leadership and rescue skills in some of our more exciting tide races.

Skill level: Advanced only


Incident management

With all this fun sometimes things can go awry, to lead or be an active member of a group we need a range of rescue skills in our bag of tricks. This session will concentrate on the fundamentals of incident avoidance and how to manage and carry out rescues when needed.

Skill level: Intermediate upwards


Real World Navigation

This session will review the fundamentals of navigation and tidal planning in the class room before hitting the water and looking at real life navigation on the move. This is an essential skill for all sea kayakers. We’ll hopefully convince you that navigation can be fun.

Skill level: Intro-mediate upwards


Sea boat handling in the surf zone

This session will look at launching and landing from surf beaches and bays. We’ll refine personal boat handling skills and look at what to do if it all goes wrong. It is likely you will get a bit damp during the day but that’s all part of the fun.

Skill level: Intermediate upwards


Surf Kayaking

 Surf Kayak Skills – What level are you at?



Preferably you will have had some previous experience in a kayak. This is your opportunity to give surf kayaking a go, learning the basics of safety and technique. You need to be comfortable in the water and happy to get wet.


Preferably you should be able to roll a kayak, you might have some previous kayaking experience in other boats or maybe even have tried surf kayaking before (approx. BC 3* skills in any discipline)


You would like to take your surf kayaking to the next level, you should be able to roll and perform some simple surf kayak manoeuvres such as bottom turns and top turns maybe even a re-entry (approx. BC 4*). You could also be a ripper.


If you are still not sure which level you fit into please give us a ring. It is essential that all attendees only book onto sessions which are appropriate to their skills and aims to ensure the best possible experience both for themselves and other group members.


Surf Kayaking Sessions

Intro to Surfing

An opportunity to play in the waves, learning top tips on how to catch waves, select waves, take offs and what to do when you’re up and surfing. Most importantly handy tips to get out behind the breaking waves and have fun!


Intermediate surf class

Expanding on some of your basic skills; getting you turning and carving on ‘green’ waves. We will be looking the fundamentals such as ‘S’ turns, getting your boat in the right position and improving your rolling skills in a rough water environment.


Advanced Surf class

During this session we will be looking at advanced technical skills such as perfecting those top and bottom turns, maximising both your speed and position on the wave. We will focus on fine tuning your technique; by the end of the session we want you to be making every wave count.


Surf safety and rescues

Sometimes in the surf environment things don’t go to plan. During this session we will look at some of the most likely incidents and scenarios and how to deal with them effectively.

Alongside this we will explore surf specific hazards, group management, essential safety equipment and choosing an appropriate venue.

Skill level: Intermediate upwards


Mini competition workshop

We will go through competition rules, flags, timings, and the scoring process. We will also be looking at tactics and game plan when out on the water.

Following this we will hold a fun mini competition on the final day to give you all a chance to put everything you have learnt into practice!

Skill level: Advanced only


Evening Events


Friday Night ‘Life on the Edge’ a marine wildlife talk by Dr Lou Luddington

Saturday Night Nige Robinson: Sea kayaking trips abroad



St Davids Bunk Barns

This will be the main base for the festival and venue for the evening events. It is a working farm situated on the outskirts of St Davids with several pubs, restaurants and shops within easy walking distance. It boasts stunning views across St Bides Bay and has easy access to the coast path and several beaches. They offer room only, B&B or full board accommodation in recently converted bunkhouses. They will also have spaces available for camping or van parking during the festival.


Other Accommodation

There are many other accommodation options in the area, if you need further information about these please contact us for details.


1 Day paddling and entry to the evening events £80

2 days paddling and entry to the evening events (excluding food/accommodation): £150

Kayak hire (must be booked in advanced) £20

Accommodation at St Davids Bunk Barns:

Room only £18 p/night

B&B £24 p/night

Full board £36 p/night


Other Information

We will have several trade stands present with a selection of shiny new kit to buy and demo. These will include P&H Custom Sea Kayaks, Whetman Equipment and Ride Surf Kayaks along with others still to be confirmed.


All of the weekend’s sessions can be used as part of your coach update process. 

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