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By women, for women

The Women’s Sea Kayak Festival has been located in South West England and runs in August every two years. The festival’s aim is to welcome women paddlers, encourage participation and provide new experiences for all women sea kayakers along one of the most beautiful and exciting coastlines in UK.

The WSKF highlights included:

  • Top female coaches from all over UK and beyond

  • Amazing Paddling

  • Great company

  • Delicious food

  • Lots of fun

The first Women's Sea Kayaking Festival was held in Scotland by Alice McInnes, Roddy Mcdowell and Laura Bennitt on the Isle of Bute, in 2012, and Natalie, having just circumnavigated Britain, came to coach.


In 2014 Julie, Esther Wheeler and Natalie attended the event at the same time. When the organisers announced the they were taking a break from organisation, we thought it would be shame for this event not to continue as it was a great affair with lots of good vibes and paddling. We were so inspired that it took only a brief discussion to make the decision to organise something similar in the south of England.  


A year later, in 2015 we held the first WSKF in South Devon. After Esther emigrated to Australia admin guru Wendy  joined the team. Two further successful festivals in 2017 and 2019 followed. 


The years 2020 and 2021 weren’t easy for anyone however, we took a plunge and ran 2021 WSKF for as many paddlers as possible. 


Our main motivation for organising our event is to support women coaches and get together as many women paddlers as possible to have fun and share skills, knowledge and get inspired. We thrive on the energy and enthusiasm that the festival paddlers and coaches bring. 

Our aim has been to bring something new to the festival each time, either workshops, the program itself, or new location. 

We pride ourselves in bringing skilled and qualified coaches from all over Britain and Europe all with different experiences and knowledge to share.


For the 2023 Festival we decided to try out a new location. Fingers crossed. 

Coaches, who contributed to our festival in the past: 

Anna Moreno


Agnes Penisson


Eva-Lotta Backman


Tatiana Cappucci

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Anita Daimon


Ann Merryweather


Sarah McIlroy 


Katie Ellis


Erin Bastian


Zoe Newsam

Alison French

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Susan Honan


Sue Couling


Zoe Robinson


Alice McInnes

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Rachel Kehoe


Julie Perren


Natalie Maderova


Eila Wilkinson

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Nicki Mansell

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