Stand Up Paddleboarding Pembrokeshire

Most people don’t think of Wales when they think of Stand-up Paddleboarding. But with it’s long sandy beaches, impressive cliffs, coves and groves, and one of the biggest and deepest Estuaries in the world, Pembrokeshire is a great place for Stand-up Paddleboarding! You can discover these spots in a more safe and fun manner with our Stand-up Paddleboarding school in Saundersfoot.

Discover Pembrokeshire's stunning coastal views and go deep into the Estuary with an experienced Stand-Up Paddleboard instructor. All lessons are held in calm waters. It's a fun and enjoyable way of discovering places that are only accessible from the water. And it is a sociable sport that can be enjoyed by the whole family, groups, or team members. Have a look at our 7-day tide forecast below to choose the right time for your SUP session.

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Weekly tides & lessons

tide & lesson timetable for the upcoming week

We run lessons around high tide because the bay is more protected from the wind at high tide. Below you can see what times we are running lessons at. If not otherwise indicated all lessons run from Coppet Hall Beach in Saundersfoot. Please contact us to book your SUP session.

Saturday 23/09/17

High tide: 8:35 / 20:45

Lessons

No lessons because of weather

Hire

No hire

Sunday 24/09/17

High tide: 9:05 / 21:20

Lessons

Taster Session 10am

Hire

Morning

Monday 25/09/17

High tide: 9:40 / 21:55

Lessons

Taster Session 10am

Hire

All day

Tuesday 26/09/17

High tide: 10:20 / 22:35

Lessons

Taster Session 10am

Hire

All day

Wednesday 27/09/17

High tide: 11:05 / 23:30

Lessons

Taster Session 10am

Hire

All day

Thursday 28/09/17

High tide: 12:05

Lessons

Taster Session 11am

Hire

All day

Friday 29/09/17

High tide: 0:45 / 13:25

Lessons

SUP social 5-6pm

Hire

SUP social 5-6pm

05/09/2017 @ 20:10
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  • 1
29/08/2017 @ 11:43
  • 31
  • 0
26/08/2017 @ 9:35
  • 26
  • 1
23/08/2017 @ 15:12
  • 19
  • 0
23/08/2017 @ 14:22
  • 37
  • 0
12/08/2017 @ 21:44
  • 21
  • 0

About the location & How to find us

COPPET HALL BEACH,
SAUNDERSFOOT SA69 9AJ

We are based at Coppet Hall Beach, where we share a shed with The Big Beach surf shop. There is a big car park in front of Coppet Hall Beach Center (not suitable for Campers). Other parking spaces can be found in Saundersfoot and at the Harbour of Saundersfoot. It's only a 10min. walk from the center of Saundersfoot to Coppet Hall Beach: follow the road behind the cottages along the coast and go through the tunnel. There are toilets, changing rooms, showers, and a Kiosk for tea and coffee at Coppet Hall Beach Center.

The bay in Saundersfoot is protected from most wind directions, which makes it a great location for Paddleboarding. However, we constantly adapt our SUP sessions according to the weather to ensure the best experience. Some sessions will start from behind the Harbour as it provides a more sheltered area from the wind. Working with the sea means that our lessons have 'an element of the wild' and every session is different: you might be lucky enough to spot a seal, or try to catch a small wave on the SUP. The sea is not very deep and the water warms up quicker than other beaches.

Prices & Booking

+44 (0)77 84 35 44 00, sup@good-trails.com

The lesson price includes all you need for the lesson. You will receive a shorty wetsuits & buoyancy aid prior to the lesson if needed. The minimum age for all SUP sessions is 8 as per the WSA (Water Skill Academy) standards in teaching Stand-up Paddleboarding. We recommend to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow enough time for getting ready. 

Taster Session

Beginner level
1,5h £25 per person
2h £35 per person

SUP Safari

Intermediate and Advanced level
2h £35 per person
£20 with your own board

Private Session

1h £40
2h £60

SUP Hire

1 hour £12
2 hours £20
3 hours £25
1 day £40

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Taster SessionSUP SafariPrivate SessionEquipment hire

Please do contact us if the following section doesn't answer your question.

There is a very high chance that you will fall into water. This year we've had a 100% rate of people standing up on the boards but a lot have also fallen into water. We only teach with inflatable boards, which makes it safer for falls on the board. We also teach you safe ways of falling from the board. The water in Saundersfoot is usually a couple degrees warmer than other beaches because the water is very shallow.

Every person is different and so is their ability to stand on a board. Standing on the board depends on a persons balance and the strength to get up from a kneeling position. Like any other sport there are adaptations for beginners or advanced people so it is absolutely fine to stay on your knees on your first go and focus more on learning different methods of navigating the board. And last but not least the more often you have a go at Paddleboarding the better you become at balancing on the board.

We still run SUP sessions when it is raining. As paddleboarding is a water sport you will get wet anyway. We only cancel lessons if it is too windy to run the session even from behind the Harbour of Saundersfoot. We usually assess on the morning of the lesson as the wind conditions can change very quickly.

We have different boards to suit different needs, with boards that can carry up to 150kg, so there is no real weight limit for the boards. We provide shorty wetsuits up to XXL.

Normally, payment is on the day either in cash or by card. We have a card machine but it is dependent on the Wifi connection we get on the beach. If you are interested to join a SUP session, just contact us and we will pencil you in. We will assess in the morning of the SUP session if we can run the session or if we need to postpone it because of the weather conditions. We only ask for a deposit if you are booking for a big group to secure the slot.

We are happy with the boards we are using for the SUP sessions and we would like to hold on to them for this season. If you are interested in buying your own board we are happy to give you advice and let you try different boards from our fleet. We can order boards from JOBE and GongContact us for more information.

About the instructors

All our SUP instructors are qualified by the Water Skill Academy

Alain was born in Northern Ireland in a small town called Portrush. He has had 25 years of sea experience, from starting surfing from a young age of 11, and has been very active in local water sport clubs throughout the years. He started life guarding in the water world in Portrush at the age of 16 and moved up to life guarding in France. In addition to Stand-Up Paddleboarding Alain holds a Surf Coach qualification through WSA. He is also passionate in skiing holding the highest level of teaching in Europe as a Basi Level Four, working in Morzine as a ski instructor during the winter season.

Caroline is originally from Switzerland and has spent her last 3 summers in Pembrokeshire. She is a qualified SUP instructor and deals with the website and administrative side of Good Trails.  She is also interested in Pilates and how to use certain exercises to improve your performance on a SUP.  This has especially proven to be useful for getting up on your board if you have knee injuries or other ailments.

Our Equipment

Inflatable Paddleboards

We use high quality equipment for our Stand-up Paddleboarding School from Jobe SportsImagine Surf, and Gong SUP. Jobe sports has a long history in water sports particularly in wake boarding and kite surfing. Imagine has a strong background in surfing and has been specialising in Paddleboarding since the sport got introduced in the UK. Our fleet of inflatable Stand-up Paddleboards allows us to teach in a safe environment as people are less prone to hurt themselves when falling on a board. Their double skin technology makes them incredibly resistant even when manoeuvring close to the shore.

We have had extremely positive feedback from customers regarding our inflatable Stand-up Paddleboards especially because they are light to carry. We have different boards for different abilities to meet everyones needs.

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Social Responsibility

Volunteering project by Chloe Nunnery

Chloe, currently a student in university in Bristol has been accepted onto the Volunteer Eco Students Abroad Program and will be travelling to Fiji this year to take part in a sustainable community development project. She will work in conjunction with the villagers and the village chief in addressing the major issues faced by the village and the local schools such as a lack of fresh running water, dilapidated schools and generally poor infrastructure. A second activity that follows on from assisting the local community is a week being part of an initiative to increase the population of the native sea turtles and to restore the reef to its native state.

£1 for every SUP session in July & August will support the Project

Connect with us

Contact

Coppet Hall Beach
Saundersfoot SA69 9AJ
Pembrokeshire, Wales

+44 (0)77 84 35 44 00
sup@good-trails.com