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Here is a short film on Sea Kayak Best Practice in Wales:
Seals and sea birds are just some of the protected wildlife you may encounter please follow the Pembrokeshire Marine Code for Kayaking. Please be aware of other users particularly when surf kayaking and follow the safety advice given at the bottom of the page.
Message from the RNLI
Always wear a lifejacket
Carry some means of calling for help
Tell someone where you are going
Check the weather and tides
Get the right training and canoe within your limits
When kayaking or canoeing you should also ensure that you follow the appropriate safety guidelines as sea conditions can change rapidly. There are also local codes of conduct available from the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority specifically for kayaking and canoeing activities. Alternatively check out the local activity operators committed to the Outdoor Charter as they can often have guided activities that will suit your needs.
Things to Consider when paddling in Pembrokeshire:
Inform the Coastguard of your plans and get a local weather forecast: 01646 690909
- PLAN your venue and route with consideration for conditions and ability level of paddlers. Many coastal trips involve paddling in fast-moving tidal streams and some surf beaches can have powerful rip currents and rock hazards. Always consider other water users, especially when surfing.
- ASK about any local codes of conduct, byelaws and restrictions as well as general good practices and safety guidelines and follow them. These are particularly relevant when surf kayaking or paddling to the offshore islands.
- AVOID disturbing nesting birds in the Spring and Seals in the Autumn. Guillemots balance eggs on their feet and can be spooked by paddlers getting too close. Seals may not be able to feed their pups if you paddle too close to some shingle beaches and caves in late August to November.
- CHECK OUT THE ACCESS situation before planning inland paddling trips. www.welsh-canoeing.org.uk is the WCA website that includes information on access to Welsh Rivers.
- LEAVE the area as you found it or better.
If you see:
Any wildlife which you believe to be injured or in distress contact the RSPCA on 08705 555 999