Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Kayak Essentials based?
We are in North Wales, offering quality coaching courses at the best venues in Snowdonia, Anglesey and the Llyn.

Our sea kayak coaching courses mostly meet in the Holyhead area on the west coast of Anglesey.
We also sometimes meet in the Menai Bridge area of Anglesey, with access to more sheltered venues.

We will advise you of agreed rendezvous before the start of your course, and before each coaching day.
If  you need transport (see below) we will of course travel to meet you.

How do I get to Anglesey?
North Wales is easy to reach, with good road, rail and air and ferry links.

  • Road: A55 to Holyhead – twin-lane highway, connecting with M6 /M56
  • Rail: mainline route to Holyhead, direct trains from London (3.5 hours) / Chester (1.5 hours)
  • Air: Manchester Inernational (MCR), car rentals (2 hours to Holyhead) & rail links
  • Ferry: Dublin-Holyhead (3.5 hrs / 90 mins) – links to Dublin airport

Our group is staying in an Anglesey accommodation – can you meet us there?
Typically yes. Tell us the name / location of your base, we’ll meet you there if possible.
Depending on coaching course aims / venues, we may agree different rendezvous each day – we will discuss that information with you before the start of the course.

Can I stay at Anglesey Outdoors?
Most of our clients stay at this centre, which is ideally set up for visiting sea kayakers.

Anglesey Outdoors – – offers excellent options in an ideal location, just 1 mile from Holyhead and close to Trearddur Bay. Facilities include private rooms, bunkhouse, camping, pods & yurts.
There is a friendly bar on site, catered options – and a drying room.

Other accommodation options are also available.

When do the courses begin / end?
We mostly meet each morning at 8.45am, and continue until about 5.30pm.

We sometimes start earlier, finish later or meet at different rendezvous, according to coaching aims,
tide times and weather concerns. We will discuss and agree timings before each coaching day.

How many paddlers will be in my group?
4:1 ratio – including advanced leader, rough water and coach education courses.
6:1 ratio – including moderate water skills training and Essential Coaching Weekends.
If you make a private booking, we will coach your chosen group size – from 1:1 to a maximum of 6:1.

Do you provide sea kayaking equipment?
We have a limited stock of kayaking equipment – please advise if you require the use of a kayak, paddles or other kit.
Most of our clients have, and prefer to use, their own sea kayak. We are happy to transport your kayak on our trailer.

What other equipment will I need?
Follow this link to our recommended equipment advice.

What about other courses?
Other courses such as white water skills / coach education, have different equipment requirements.
We will advise you before the course of what kit we will provide, and what you will need to bring.

Do you provide transport?
We have a comfortable 6-seat vehicle to transport our clients to sea kayaking venues around Anglesey.
We also have a sea kayak trailer with capacity for all our equipment.
We encourage car sharing and will ask larger groups to assist us in accessing paddling venues.

Can you recommend accommodation?
Yes. Follow the link to our Accommodation Options page. There are many choices on Anglesey, including camping, bunkhouses, B&Bs and hotels. If you need advice regarding accommodation choice, please let us know.

Advice for International Visitors

We have many years of experience guiding and coaching visiting international sea kayakers in North Wales.
We’ve paddled with sea kayakers from continental Europe, Scandinavia, North / South America, and many other parts of the world. We’re keen to add new countries to our list!

We have immense experience of paddling with groups on the coastline of Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula, and on the rivers of Snowdonia. We’ll make best use of the conditions and will always find good places to play.

We can advise you on travel to Anglesey, to make best use of your free time – on the sea, in the waves!

If traveling alone, use the UK rail network to arrive on Anglesey from Manchester Airport (or ferry, if arriving from Dublin).
For groups of two or more, it can be cost-effective to rent a vehicle in the UK for the duration of your stay.
There are plenty of options at Manchester airport, and a local agency in the Holyhead area.

After your arrival in North Wales, we can transport you to / from your accommodation and our paddling venues.
We have a 6-seater vehicle and kayak trailer, capable of transporting groups of 4-5 paddlers.
With larger parties, we will make additional arrangements.

If you can’t bring your own sea kayak to Anglesey, we can arrange use of a variety of sea kayaks via our local specialist kayak store.

Please contact us for further equipment advice – we recommend that you bring as much personal kit as possible.

Groups of 4 or more
Contact us to discuss your aims – we can organise coaching and guiding experiences for groups of friends.
We can discuss your available dates, and provide a detailed plan for your paddling adventures in North Wales.

Other activities
Looking for new adventures? We can also organise white water kayaking, open canoeing, mountain walking and
rock climbing adventures in the beautiful surroundings of Snowdonia National Park.

Adventures beyond Anglesey
For visiting groups, we can also arrange sea kayak coaching and guiding in other areas of the magnificent Welsh coastline, including the Llyn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire and Scotland.