Sit on Top Safety


If you are looking to get out on a sit-on-top kayak without a guide, we’d suggest getting to grips with some basic safety understanding first. In this session we’ll look at some of the more basic but important safety aspects of venturing on a kayaking trip independently. Learn how to forecast conditions when planning a trip, basic rescue techniques, and appropriate kit. Expect to get wet during this session!


Wonderful and unforgettable

Steve Perry, 13th October 2020

Amazing, informative guides with a real passion for nature and the experience.

The experiences on offer are wonderful and unforgettable. You’ll never forget what you did here and that’s the greatest recommendation I can give !

Desperate to do it all over again

Kate Nicholls, 16th September 2020

Setting off from Porthclais Harbour, our kayaking adventure was so much fun. Our instructor, Hayden, was reassuring, knowledgeable, calm and full of great ideas to make our morning on the sea really memorable. We were left feeling so invigorated, alive and desperate to do it all over again.

We thought we'd been unlucky as the weather was rainy and cool on the day we'd booked - but to the contrary, this proved to be the best gift ever. There was a breeze and the waves were big enough to really feel that we were at one with nature.

Highly recommended. We'll be back.


Kailea Shaw, 3rd September 2020

We did sea kayaking with our pooch with Martin and it was a fantastic experience all round from booking all the way through to the end. The team were very accommodating and out on the water Martin was extremely experienced and professional, and very patient and helpful trying to make sure both myself and my husband as well as the dog were comfortable and having a good time. I couldn't rate this experience highly enough.

Sea Kayaking

Lawrence-rocks, 6th September 2019

We took our two young daughters out on this sea kayaking trip with TYF. Our Guides name was Ben and he was excellent, kept the girls engaged and even when our youngest had a meltdown out on the kayak he got her back enjoying it. Also as a bonus I saw a sea otter. Have used TYF for over a decade now and will continue to.


Sarahmorgs86, 15th August 2019

Arrived in TYF for a sea kayaking experience and was greeted by the loveliest team of people, and we were made to feel at home and at ease straight away.There was a massive buzz getting ready to go on our adventure, and the experience from start to finish was an exceptional one. 

I live in St Davids, and yet this was a brand new and thrilling opportunity to do something, new, different and really fun.Special mentions go to Reece and Jamie for being incredibly passionate and able guides - keeping my nerves at bay. Their skills were clear, and they made the whole experience feel personal, fun, exciting and honestly, just brilliant!Thank you so much.

Sublime Sea Kayaking

ClarissaScribblez, 4th August 2019

Super smooth professional set up from start to finish. Great experience touring the clear beautiful waters and coast off Porth Clais. Ben our guide was friendly and informative. He stretched our abilities and made sure we had all had a great time.

Family Kayak

Jacqui S, 26th July 2019

Boys - aged 49, 9 and 6 absolutely loved their family kayak adventure. It was epic according to my 6 year old. Thank you Matt and Reece for the awesome adventure and the education along the way.

Sea Kayaking

EmmaMadeira, 29th September 2018

Great family sea kayaking adventure, equally fun for adults and kids in a beautiful location and a fantastic way to see the coast.

Sea Kayaking

daustin176, 9th August 2018

Spent a fantastic morning sea kayaking with TYF, our guide Tom was brilliant, he showed us some wonderful caves and taught us loads about the natural environment and we are now all experts on jellyfish! I would definitely recommend such a fun activity particularly with TYF who do everything so well.

Sea kayaking from Porth Clais near St David's

Keith B, 1st June 2018

Hadn't been in a kayak for over 20 years, previously done some white water and some slalom but never been to sea.Signed up for an afternoon of sea kayaking whilst on holiday in St David's and enjoyed it tremendously. 

Our group consisted of myself and three ladies and our leader was Dylan who did a great job of assessing what we were capable of and how long we were likely to last. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to sea the cliffs and coves from a different angle and who is reasonably fit and a little adventurous. Thanks Dylan ( where are the photographs? ) I might have another go next year.Keith

Frequently Asked Questions

Which kayaking session is right for me?

If you're unsure about which kayaking session to choose, please give our booking office a call on  01437 721611 or drop us an email at and our friendly team will be able to advise you based on any previous knowledge/and or experience you may have.

What sort of kayaks do TYF provide?

For our Sit-on-Top sessions, TYF use super stable sit-on-top kayaks as shown in the video on this page.

What equipment do I need?

You Bring

  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • Old trainers

TYF Provide

  • Kayak

  • Paddle

  • Wetsuit

  • Buoyancy aid

What if I can't swim?

When kayaking you have to wear a buoyancy aid, so being able to swim is not a requirement. We run these sessions at a small ratio of 1 guide to 8 participants which enables close support and supervision. 

How long is the kayaking session?

Our Sit-on-Top Safety kayaking sessions are 7 hours long from start to finish. This includes the time spent doing a safety briefing, getting kitted up in the water.

Where does the activity take place?

All of our Adventures start and end at 20 High Street, St Davids.

Our guide will meet you there and provide you with a warm dry wetsuit and other essentials before walking the short distance to the kayak racks and getting on the water.