The bottlenose dolphins swam under and between the dinghies giving the children of Tenby sailing club an amazing experience they will never forget.

Dolphins are not unheard of off the Welsh coast, but no-one in Tenby sailing club had ever experienced anything quite like this before as the marine mammals played, jumped and splashed around the boats for more than a quarter of an hour.

“The kids were ecstatic,” said assistant instructor Max Richards, who filmed the encounter on his phone.

“It was our last junior sailing evening of the season, just an informal session thrown onto the end. There were a few people who didn’t go, who really wished afterwards they had.

“We saw movement as we headed out, but just assumed it was seals. Then we saw they were dolphins and they started following us, at one point they were throwing mackerel around – none of us had seen anything like that so close before.

“They were following us, brushing up against the boats and jumping within two feet of them, until it was getting too late for us to stay out.

“It was an incredible experience for everyone involved, the sort of thing people pay a lot of money to see, and it just happened out of the blue for us.”

Anyone interested in joining Tenby sailing should contact the club. Junior training nights will start again next year – dolphins are not guaranteed!

For further information about Tenby youth training sessions, please contact Blake Shaw on or the club website 

To watch a video of the sailors and the dolphins, go here.