Pembrokeshire in Southwest Wales was the UK’s first ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and has the UK’s only coastal National Park. Unsurprisingly, it boasts some of the finest coastal scenery anywhere and paddlers visiting for the first time are often blown away by the place! For paddle boarders Pembrokeshire has it all; beautiful beaches, cliffs, estuaries and islands, populated by wildlife galore. Saundersfoot is only one out of several stunning locations suitable for paddle boarding, but it is our favourite spot especially because it offers a big protected bay for paddle boarders from every level.
Visit us in Coppet Hall, Saundersfoot or join us on one of our safaris in the Estuary. 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.
We start with an introduction on the beach and then go off on our knees and have a go at standing up, once you feel happy with standing on the board we explore a few different ways of navigating the board and then head off towards the Harbour or Wisemans Bridge depending on the wind direction.
The SUP Safari is ideal for paddle boarders at an intermediate level. We organise SUP Safari’s in Saundersfoot, Tenby and the Estuary. Contact us for more information.
Paddle boarding is great for all groups; if you are organising a hen or a stag do or the next day out with your team, search no longer. We can organise early bird paddles with a brunch afterwards or sun set paddles with a bbq on the beach. Contact us for more information.
If you know the basics and want the freedom of exploring the coast on your own, then our equipment hire is the right thing for you.
We are based at Coppet Hall Beach next to The Big Beach surf shop. There is a big car park in front of Coppet Hall Beach Center (unfortunately not suitable for high vehicles). 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: 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.
Shorty wetsuit & buoyancy aids are included in the prices. The minimum age for all SUP sessions is 8 as per the WSA (Water Skill Academy) standards. We recommend to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow enough time for getting ready.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Level: beginner - intermediate
1h or 2h alternative duration available
Duration: 2 hours
Level: intermediate - advanced
Locations: Saundersfoot, Tenby & Estuary
1,5h or 3h alternative duration available
1 day £40
Level: intermediate - advanced
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.
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.
No, 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 Gong. Contact us for more information.
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.
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