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Sea Kayaking

Explore the stunning and varied coastline of Anglesey and North Wales by sea kayak. We have sit on tops , general purpose kayaks and sea kayaks that can be used on the coastal venues.

Visit secret sections of the Anglesey coastline, only accessible by sea kayak.

"I loved seeing the seals up close, which was only possible in the sea kayak."
Ben Heath

Sit on Top Sea Kayaking

Sit on top sea kayaks are great for beginners to jump on and immediately start exploring the coastline. There are many sheltered coastal areas around Anglesey that are accessed from beautiful beaches. The group can enjoy kayaking and learn new skills, within a sepectacular yet controlled environment. 

Initially we teach the group new kayaking strokes so that they can easily control and maneuver their boats. This leads to playing games, which could be wet or dry,  and journeying. Along the journeys we can discuss the marine ecology and coastal geology.

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Sea Kayaking - Caves, Islands & Tidal Races

If you wish to explore further along the coastline then we have specialist sea kayaks. These boats are faster through the water and also can handle bigger seas. 

If you are new to kayaking, we will coach a range of paddling skills first. For the more experienced we can look at handling the boats in tidal races or bigger seas. It is possible to explore some of the offshore islands around Anglesey, caves and headlands. They are also great for expeditions and are often used on DofE.

Canoeing on the Sea

On a calm day canoes can be used to journey along the coast. We have the option of rafting the boats together too, enabling a stable platform. This allows a mixture of ages and abilities to still experience the fascinating sea environment around North Wales and be actively involved.

Launch points are often from one of the beautiful beaches. The journeys can then take the group to explore the sea cliffs and caves, hidden beaches or if you are lucky see the seals.

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Learning Outcomes

For Outdoor Education Courses

  • Move a given craft along a coastal environment.
  • Identify features of coastal erosion.
  • Identify the effect of the tide and weather on the movement of a boat.
  • List way to keep safe in a coastal environment.
  • Discuss ways to care for the flora, fauna and sea life.

Activity Venues

All parts of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsular provide great sea kayaking venues with beginner and expert venues. We are fortunate that the coastline faces all directions giving us options for all wind directions.

Porth Dafarch to Trearddur bay is a great beginner area that is easily accessed and has interest around every corner.

Penrhynmawr – the largest of the tidal races for big waves and can be part of the spectacular journey around the stacks.

Puffin Island almost guarantees seeing a seal! A short paddle from the mainland it has interesting cliffs as well as wildlife.

Sea Kayaking Courses

Sea kayaking forms part of our outdoor education courses at Arete, it is popular full day activity. Through the outdoor adventures, and residential stay, we incorporate a range of educational benefits for the pupils. Sea Kayaking can also be part of geography field work, looking at tides, weather and coastal environments.

Courses of all lengths available throughout the year. A dedicated and experienced instructor is allocated per group. They will tailor the outdoor education programme, that will be flexible to adjust to pupil progression and weather.

Costs: As an example, a 5 day fully catered course starts from just £235 per pupil for courses in November – February.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know the time of year, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

 See our Primary or Secondary section from more information on our outdoor education courses. We also have a general Teachers & Leaders Guide.

All of our activities, including sea kayaking, can be booked as a private session for any type of group. Sea Kayaking can be a half day or full day activity. It is also possible to combine with one other activity for a full multi-activity day. Possible combinations include coasteering or rock climbing.

Costs: Regardless of activity combinations, £70 per person for a full day of activity, £50 per person for half day of activity.
Minimum payment of £280 for a full day or £200 for a half day of activity.

Discounts: For groups, every 10th person can attend for free. 10% discount for schools, colleges, scouts & guides, cadets and certain youth charities.

Ratios: We run our courses at low ratios of 1:11 or less to ensure your safety and maximum participation.

Included: Safety kit, wetsuit and / or waterproofs as necessary. Transport can also be provided if you’re staying at Arete Outdoor Centre.

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know your preferred date, approximate size of course, year group and any aspirations or learning objectives you may have.

More information: Please see our page on Adult Groups, Youth Groups or Family Activity.

We run Gold DofE Residential courses and Summer Camps during the holidays. Sea Kayaking can form a part of this 5 day multi-activity course. The accommodation is fully catered. You will meet like-minded individuals and have a great week of adventure.

2018 Dates: 9-13 April, 20-24 August, 27-31 August, 3-7 September.

Cost: £295 per person fully catered

How to Book: Please email or use our contact form. Let us know you preferred date.

More information: See our Gold Residential or Summer Camp page. Alternatively contact us if you have further questions.