Coasteering kayaking activity adventure tenby

The Team

About Us

Who are Tenby Adventure? We’re coasteerers, kayakers, climbers, surfers, scientists, free-divers, eaters of cake, investigators of weird caves, explorers of the sea and sky, friends of crabs and seals, owners of many carabiners.

We’re passionate about the environment we work in. Since we began we’ve been active supporters of Pembrokeshire’s Marine Code – created to safeguard our amazing coastal environment. We’ve worked with ecologists, marine biologists and our local authorities to ensure we leave the place we work in better than we found it. Tenby Adventure’s office is situated in a ‘passive’ building that is heated and powered entirely by the sun. Our co2 footprint is currently mostly made up of vehicle use – we log and offset this but our aim is to be carbon neutral and we’re saving up for an electric van!

Lots of people come out coasteering or kayaking or on our other activities and adventures for the excitement, but we try to send everyone on their way with an appreciation of the place where we play that they might not have had before.

We’re very lucky to get to do cool stuff with great people – non-standard stuff in special places that is sometimes challenging and definitely not run-of-the-mill. We’ve found that the people who seek us out are also not run-of-the-mill – they’re adventurous, they’re looking for something different and – we’ve found – they’re great! Our job is therefore a delight and leads us to constantly find more awesome stuff to do with YOU. Saves us getting real jobs…

Mark - Benevolent Dictator

Mark began adventuring aged 8, when he completed a semi-accidental solo crossing of Carmarthen Bay on a catamaran made out of scaffolding and optimism. Next came a solo ascent of Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) aged 10 (his mum thought he’d gone to the Butlins arcade), several attempts on the land-yacht speed record from the age of 12 and a successful-ish home-made hang-glider flight aged 13. 

Since then Mark has surfed all over the world, climbed many Alps, free-dived on shipwrecks in the Caribbean, sailed across the Atlantic on a boat he built in a potato shed and learnt to fly paragliders across the Welsh coast and mountains (not the Preselis). 

Mark has been instructing all kinds of outdoor pursuits, from climbing to archery to surfing and coasteering, since 2007. Early on he realised that not only is coasteering pretty much the best of them all, but Pembrokeshire is probably the best place in the world to do it.

Tom - Head Guide, Vintner

Tom likes kayaks. A lot. He first sat in one aged 6 and despite the sanitary practicalities, didn’t get out ’til he was well into his teens. During that time he represented Wales in kayak polo and paddled/fell down many of the biggest waterfalls in Wales. He still sleeps in a ‘yak but now also operates on land and has climbed all over the world from the Caucasus Mountains (where an incident with an upside-down map led to an accidental crossing into Russia) to the slopes of Mont Blanc. Tom is the proprietor of the only vineyard in Sageston.

Tom now leads expeditions all over the world and is the holder of the almost mythical 5 Star kayak award as well as a wealth of qualifications in pretty much all of the outdoor pursuits. Tom is a wild sea-food expert and you’re likely to find yourself munching on some unexpectedly tasty seaweed on one of his coasteers.

Joey - guide, Sun Fiend

Award-winning former international model and Red-Bull cliff-diving competition no-show, Joey loves climbing, surfing, jumping off things, cats and even rats. But most of all she likes the sun. She’ll cross the street to avoid a shadow and even walk in a sideways crab-fashion in order to get maximum sols. Clouds anger her. 

Joey started guiding in 2018 and is a veteran of many sessions including the infamous Caverns to White Tower Beast-Steer that broke a certain military team who’d asked for the ‘ultimate challenge’.

She likes to swim in wild places, she likes to explore. Joey is a fidget and is always looking for new things and so she’s a perfect adventure guide.

 

Henry - Rock Maestro

When he’s not guiding people for his business Climb Pembroke on cliffs and mountains all over the UK, Henry likes to relax by climbing the cliffs and mountains of the UK. He’s equally at home running a beginner session on a mellow Pembrokeshire sea-cliff as he is persuading clients up vertical ice-bound gulleys in the Scottish Highlands.

A climbing instructor with almost 20 years of experience and holder of the WMCI, Henry REALLY likes climbing.

Sarah - guide, arranger of objects into neat and preferably symmetrical patterns

Sarah joined us in 2018 as a newbie to coasteering but quickly showed an abundance of two important qualities we look for in a guide – unflappability and love of tidy patterns. On the roughest, windiest, gnarliest day with chunks of Atlantic juice unloading through The Crack, Sarah will float calmly in the chaos and make it quite hard for anyone around her to be be at all worried. The patterns thing is critical for neat and efficient Nautilusing: a CRITICAL skill. Sarah is one of the finest proponents of the Nautilus we have ever seen.

Sarah spends the winter months crafting fine jewellery, walking her dog and waiting for Tom to leave the sofa.

Charles - guide, cape-wearer, 2015 New Zealand Sand-castle champion

Charles is an experienced coasteering guide, accomplished climber and legendary route-setter. 

He’s the creator of the world-famous Spotify playlist ‘What is Techno? And Why?’ and a toe model for absolutely no-one. Charles lives in a yurt near a remote waterfall in which he takes daily dawn-swims and drives a Passat that in the event of any kind of apocalypse has enough stuff in it to rebuild civilisation.

Myrdd - Guide, Gumpian cyclist.

Myrdd (pronounced ‘merv’) brings a flavour of calm to coasteering sessions, because of his accent – he’s Irish, so sounds all mellow and reassuring. It’s deceptive because Myrdd is nearly always bouncing of the walls with almost disturbing levels of enthusiasm. 

Myrdd is a cyclist but not for him a quick spin down the shops, no – Myrdd cycles a LONG way when he pops out for a ride. In 2019 he hopped on his bike, set off down the road and came back 15,000km later having toured across Europe.  

Along with the above, we have a squad of eager lead and assistant guides who help us keep you safe. All are finely tuned adventure machines, highly qualified and trained to our particular ways. They’re ready to feed you some seaweed, gently encourage you to jump off something, climb a thing, embark on a voyage, make friends with a jellyfish or give you a tow.