Getting you outdoors to learn, to live and to love the coast.
Year-round Education and Events
how it all began
Founding Director Emma Lamport has always had a passion for the natural world and the coastal environment and wanted others to connect with it. Back in 2013, as a ranger for the Heritage Coast, she set up a little voluntary marine wildlife club for kids called Seaside Rangers before setting up Beach Academy as a sole trader in 2017.
By the end of 2020, Beach Academy became a social enterprise. A Community Interest Company committed to connecting children and their families to the coast and blue planet through environmental and marine education programmes, coastal activity days, teacher training, courses and family events.
From volunteers to active directors, we all give our time for what we believe. That children need to be outdoors and learning from nature. Becoming ocean literate citizens with the knowledge and opportunity to conserve our blue planet for future generations.
Connecting you to the coast
We have a multifunctional hub on the south Wales coast at Rest Bay Watersports Centre, Porthcawl that doubles up as an education centre, booking office and Beach Shop! This beautiful blue flag surfing beach has everything we need to run our activities and run a small beach shop with items to connect to the coast.
Items include connecting to nature with Rockpool ID guides and Rockpooling equipment like buckets, nets, crab lines and bug pots. Being creative with sand buckets and colourful spades. Staying fit and healthy with bodyboards, balls and cricket sets and a few essentials like kites, waterproof bags, windbreakers and towels for your day out.
You can also pop to the shop to hire a Rockpool Kit, pay for event tickets, book lessons and meet up with others.
You can also fill up your water bottles for free and sandy dogs and sandy feet are always welcome.
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MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA)
Outdoor Learning Wales (OLW)
NRW's Outdoor Learning Training Network (OLTN)
Institute for Outdoor Learning IOL (Affiliate member)