Sea Kayaking for Improver’s

Improve your kayak manoeuvring skills in stronger winds, swell and the beginnings of tidal races, as we journey on slightly more committing stretches of coastline. This course is for those that have experienced the delights of sea kayaking and want to develop their skills further.

  • Adapting Edge & Trim in Wind and Rough Water
  • Beginnings of Tidal Races
  • Tidal Planning & Weather
  • Rescues at Sea

We will look at edge, trim and paddle strokes to improve your performance and still paddle effortlessly in different conditions. Around Anglesey there are many memorable trips that are slightly more committing because of either the lack of access or presence of tidal flows. We will give you the skills to allow you to experience the remoter corners of the island.This course can also include tidal planning, weather and sea rescues – both for yourself and other members of the group, so you can become an independent paddler.


We run the courses from our base at Arete Outdoor Centre, Llanrug near Caernarfon. A short drive away are the Menai Straits that has various sheltered trips. From Menai Bridge a quick road allows us to access the Northern, Western and Eastern coasts of Anglesey allowing us to find shelter and different sea conditions. All around Anglesey are good beaches, cliffs and caves. There are a couple of seal colonies and various nesting and visiting birds. If you are lucky we do get occasional visits from porpoise and dolphins.


We have a large fleet of sea kayaks so we can provide the best boat for everyone.  The fleet includes P&H Scorpio, Capella & Jura plus Valley boats. We also provide Werner or Lendal blades. Along with bouyancy aid, helmet and spraydeck we also supply a cag and wetsuit. You just need to bring along footwear your happy to get wet, old trainers are ideal. All kit is included in the course cost.

What Experience is Needed?

This course can be for novices. Ideally though you will have some experience on flat water and have paddled a kayak forward and performed some turns.

Course Costs & Dates

We run private courses for the Introduction to Sea Kayaking. Private course can be run on dates that suit you and allow us to tailor the course content for each individual.

Private Bespoke Course:

Up to 4 people – £250 per day
Extra people at £50 per person. Best to have a maximum of 6 participants per instructor

Note some sessions can be run at a ratios of up to 1:10, but you would be limited to very simple white water rapids at these high ratios. Extra instructors can be booked for bigger groups.

We will normally meet around 0930 at Arete Outdoor Centre near Caernarfon, returning by 1630. If you have accommodation over on Anglesey then it can also be possible to meet at your accommodation instead.

How to Book

Please either use our Contact Page or email with you preferred dates, any course aspirations and group size. A 30% deposit will be required to confirm the course once we have agreed on exact dates.