Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) Training & Assessments

The British Canoeing (BC) 4-Star (sea) leader is now called the Moderate Water Sea Kayak Leader. 5-Star (sea) is now the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader award.
We often run both Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment courses. Extra Sea kayak leader training dates -for one or more paddlers- is possible.
The prerequisites; Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP), VHF Marine Radio and First Aid can be added to your course if requested in advance.
Plus, we now offer British Canoeing Sea Kayak Guide modules.
For paddlers who do not plan to lead other paddlers but want to benchmark their knowledge and skills, the Coastal Sea Kayak award is an excellent option to consider.

Email us to discuss your plans.

Coastal Sea Kayak

The British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak (CSK) award is a great way to assess your skills and competence in moderate water without having to lead groups as part of your assessment.

Over five days, we aim to explore the fantastic coastline of Jersey and its huge tide range while you tune up your skills.

Paddlers should be at around intermediate level. (e.g. BC Sea Kayak award). Assessment can be in either a sit-on-top or sit-inside sea kayak.

Drysuits, VHF marine radio, flares and other assessment equipment can be hired in advance if needed.

Add an extra day for the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) course.

Assessment for the Coastal Sea Kayak Award can be included during the week -if you are paddling at this standard-. There is an additional charge for the certificate.

We can also arrange a 2-day Coastal Sea Kayak assessment on custom dates.

British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak syllabus

Sea Kayak Leader Training

Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) (moderate water) training is a great way to improve your skills and develop your knowledge while exploring the superb coastline of Jersey.

It’s possible to add extra kayaking days, join the 5-day advanced course or complete the assessment prerequisites while you are with us.

To get the most from the course, please refer to the booking page. Moderate tidal waters may include overfalls, swell and tidal streams of around 3 knots (or more) in some spots.

If you are paddling at about British Canoeing 3 star/Sea Kayak/Coastal Sea Kayaker standard, you will get the most from the course. Just ensure you read our booking information and the BC Sea Kayak Leader syllabus!

Kayaks and equipment supplied at no extra charge. 

British Canoeing training course syllabus.

Email Derek for custom dates.

Sea Kayak Leader (Moderate Water) Assessment

Sea Kayak Leader Moderate water (formally the 4-star sea leader) award is now an internationally recognised qualification for clubs and organisations employing kayak guides.

This award is often viewed as an essential requirement to guide sea kayaking trips on the sea whether as a club leader or as a professional sea kayak guide.

Jersey has big tides and a very varied coastline which makes the island ideal for the sea kayaker who wants to experience lots of different paddling environments.

Sea kayaks and paddle kit available.

Drysuits, VHF marine radio, flares and other items for the assessment can be hired in advance. We do expect paddlers to bring their tow line, first aid and repair kit for the assessment.

Add extra paddle days to prepare for your assessment. 

We can also arrange British Canoeing Guide training modules.

Contact us for dates.

Sea Kayak Guide modules

British Canoeing guide modules courses are available for all kayakers, so you do not need to be a coach or sea kayak leader. These one-day modules are an excellent way to develop your knowledge.

The Guide Modules are recognised as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by British Canoeing (1 module = 18 months CPD).

We offer one-day British Canoeing Guide modules;

Camp-craft and expedition skills.

Trip Planning and organisation.

Customer experience.

Details of the content of each module are in the Guide Module Outlines.

Contact us for dates.


Any loaned or hired equipment used on the assessments will be assessed as if it were your own, so ensure you know how it works.

If you combine a training course with an assessment course, please understand that attendance on a training course does not imply that you will have reached the required standard to pass the award at the end of the course. Much depends upon your level of paddle skills and experience. Ensure you have read and understood the syllabus for the relevant awards.

If you are considering undertaking Sea Kayak Leader training and assessment by linking both courses together, please discuss this in advance with us.

Leadership Registration (LR) Form. A copy of your completed and officially stamped LR form is required when you book/pay (no later than 14 days before the assessment). If you arrive without a valid LR form, we cannot asses you for the leadership award, and no refund of your course fees will be made. If you need advice or assistance, contact us in advance.