Kayaking

A whole new world to explore.

TYF’s well travelled customers know that coastal kayaking in Pembrokeshire is as good as anything in the world, with a combination of sheltered coves and creeks, surf beaches, cliffs, islands and tide races that are hard to find anywhere else on the planet.

Our protected coastline is rich in opportunities for adventures at any level with stunning rock formations and vibrant wildlife that includes porpoise and dolphins to see on some trips. Whilst the Pembrokeshire Coast Path can take you around the top of cliffs, it’s only from the sea that you’ll get to experience the best caves, arches and views of the edge of Wales.

TYF have an extensive range of sit on top kayaks that are perfect for beginners and sunny days, surf and white water kayaks for frothy play, and sea kayaks for longer journeys or multi-day expeditions.
 

Our Kayaking experiences

CLASSIC

Classic Kayak

3.5 hours

If you’ve never tried kayaking before and would love to experience the joy of paddling around the spectacular Pembrokeshire Coast, look no further. TYF’s Classic Kayak is a perfect introduction to this varied sport that teaches the essentials of kayaking, using a harbour session and a short journey (weather permitting) to learn launching and landing, basic strokes, turning, efficient forward paddling, capsize drill and safety at sea.

Child: £42 (Jul-Aug) £38 (Sept-Jun)
Adult: £62 (Jul-Aug) £58 (Sept-Jun)

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Coastal Explorer

8 hours

TYF’s Coastal Explorer is one of the best ways to fully connect with the Pembrokeshire coast. In a highly flexible, full day adventure that uses a sit-on-top kayak journey from Porthclais, we take you to the best snorkelling and coasteering locations on St.Davids’ southern bay coastline. Lunch on a secluded beach and maybe a driftwood fire will ensure well filled bellies, smoke in your hair and salt on smiling faces.

Child: £80 (Jul-Aug) £75 (Sept-Jun)
Adult: £105 (Jul-Aug) £99 (Sept-Jun)

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Kayak Day Tour

8 hours

For people who wish to spend a whole day kayaking we offers full day sea kayak trips for intermediate kayakers. Using a variety of locations around the St Davids peninsular, this course will give you a knowledge of coastal waters and the kayak handling skills specific to the sea. Theory work will encompass: planning a coastal journey, tides, weather forecasting and sea safety.

This course is aimed at paddlers with sea kayaking experience in tidal waters. You should already have sea kayak control skills, and be able to:
• Paddle a sea kayak heading into, across and down a moderate wind
• Paddle a straight course and turn the boat using edge control and lean rather than merely paddle strokes
• Have effective support strokes and be able to cope with moderate seas

Child 14+: £80 (Jul-Aug) £75 (Sept-Jun)
Adult: £105 (Jul-Aug) £99 (Sept-Jun)

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Kayak Ramsey

6 hours

Kayak Ramsey is a special sit-on-top experience which takes you on a guided kayak journey to Ramsey island, about 1km off the coast of St Davids Peninsula. From loading the power boat with your equipment to exploring Ramsey’s diverse geological features and lunch on the island itself, this is a highly memorable adventure for anyone wishing to escape the mainland for a unique paddle.

Child 14+: £125 (May-Sept)
Adult: £125 (May-Sept)

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Sit-on-Top Safety

8 hours

At TYF we have been using sit on top kayaks to explore the Pembrokeshire coast for nearly a decade. Over this time our guide team has developed a unique understanding of how to safely use Sit-on-Top kayaks in this dynamic exciting environment. TYF’s full day ‘Sit-on-Top Safety’ course is aimed at those who own their own kayak or who are looking to buy. This course will leave you with the knowledge of how to head out and explore the coastline with the confidence that you know what to do if it all goes wrong.

Child 14+: £80 (Jul-Aug) £75 (Sept-Jun)
Adult: £105 (Jul-Aug) £99 (Sept-Jun)

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Kayak Fundamentals Weekend

Weekend

Our Kayak Fundamentals weekend course is aimed at those who have never been in a kayak before or who have kayaked a hand full of times but never had any formal instruction.

During the course you will spend plenty of time on the water with the backdrop of the stunning North Pembrokeshire coastline providing the inspiration to improve your skills, to enable you to explore further and enjoy more spectacular scenery and wildlife. You will get to experience a range of kayaking craft from, sit on tops, general purpose kayaks to expedition sea kayaks.

Child 14+: £190
Adult: £190

Dates for 2014:
• April 19th – 20th
• April 26th – 27th
• May 17th – 18th
• June 14th -15th
• Sept 20th – 21st

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KAYAK FOR LIFE

Explore Sea Kayak Weekend

Weekend

This is a 2-day course for those who have some amount of kayaking experience (two or three days’ time on the water in a kayak) who want to progress and experience a little more of the limitless world of sea kayaking. This is the perfect progression from TYF’s Kayak Fundamentals weekend and suitable for those ‘de-rusting’ old skills.

Using a variety of locations around the St Davids peninsular to make the most of tides, currents and weather, TYF’s experienced guides will give you an opportunity to gain experience of coastal waters, and more of the kayak handling skills & knowledge to help you safely make the most of the coast.

Child 14+: £190
Adult: £190

Dates for 2014:
• May 31st – June 1st
• Sept 13th -14th

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Video Coaching Session

3.5 hours

Video analysis is a great way to focus on developing skills and techniques. Our video coaching sessions are tailored to suit your needs, and can be planned around whatever it is you’d like to work on. If you wish, our fully qualified guides can suggest ideas for moves and techniques to tackle that will be most fun and beneficial to your long term development.

The coaching begin with an introduction and briefing with your TYF guide followed by a dedicated physical session. We finish with reviewing the video footage and writing a comprehensive appraisal of the session with pointers for your future endeavours.

Child: £42 (Jul-Aug) £38 (Sept-Jun)
Adult: £62 (Jul-Aug) £58 (Sept-Jun)

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1-2 Star Kayak Courses

1 Star: 1 day | 2 Star: 2 day

These qualification courses are pitched at an introductory level, designed to develop aspiring paddlers fundamental skills in a broad range of crafts. Specifically focusing on the relationship between your boat and paddle.

1 Star:
Child 14+: £190 (Jan-Dec)
Adult: £190 (Jan-Dec)

2 Star:
Child 14+: £190 (Jan-Dec)
Adult: £190 (Jan-Dec)

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MASTERY

3-5 Star Sea Kayak Courses

3 Star: 2 days | 4 Star: 2 days | 5 Star: 5 days

The progression through these qualification courses indicates development from an intermediate paddler to the top level of performance, along with developing essential leadership skills in progressively more challenging conditions.

3 Star:
Child 14+: £190 (Jan-Dec)
Adult: £190 (Jan-Dec)

4 Star:
Adult: £225 (Jan-Dec)

5 Star:
Adult: £450 (Jan-Dec)

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Coastal Navigation

8 hours

A theory land based qualification course, designed for adult paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles off shore in areas of tidal flow of up to 2 knots and winds up to force 4.

Adult: £105 (Jan-Dec)

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Open Water Navigation

8 hours

An advanced qualification for adult paddlers looking to paddler further than 2 nautical miles off shore in stronger tides, designed to complement the 5 star leader award.

Adult: strong>£105 (Jan-Dec)

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Kayak ‘The Bitches’

4.5 hours

Experience the thrill of paddling one of nature most dramatic tidal play spots, ‘The Bitches’ rapids are formed amongst a jagged line of rocks jutting out from the east coast of Ramsey Island. Impressive standing waves, holes, whirlpools and stoppers lie in wait to provide you with an intoxicating experience.

Child 14+: £85 (Jan-Dec)
Adult: £85 (Jan-Dec)

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TYF Associate Guide Scheme

Train to become one of the very best adventure guides in the UK.

TYF have an incredible pedigree of fully qualified and experienced guides, covering all aspects of adventurous outdoor activities. Our Associate Guide Scheme gives you the opportunity to shadow the very best guides in the industry, joining us on multiple sessions and learning direct skills and techniques which will aide you in your pursuit of becoming a fully qualified guide.

If you are interested in the TYF Associate Guide Scheme, please email our Head of Adventure Jon Haylock on jon.h@tyf.com for more details.