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 sea kayakers 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

Note. There are changes to the Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) award commencing in January 2021. The requirement to attend SKL training will cease. However, most kayakers will find the Sea Kayak leader training to be a valuable way to prepare yourself for the new award. More information will follow as soon as this is released by British Canoeing.

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

Note. The Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) assessment changes in January 2021. The award will offer two routes: a tidal and non-tidal waters assessment option. For most sea kayakers, the SKL tidal waters assessment will be the best option because it will allow you to lead in a broader range of conditions and waters. The requirement that you must attend SKL training will cease so paddlers can go directly to an assessment. Currently, I would only recommend this route if you already have a lot of sea kayak leadership experience. In theory, it will be possible to be assessed in one day. However, we will continue to offer a two-day assessment because this allows candidates more time to be evaluated in a range of conditions. A one-day assessment will be available on request.

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 can be supplied.

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.

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.

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training

Note. There are changes to the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) award commencing in January 2021. The requirement to attend the advanced SKL training will cease. More information will follow as soon as this is 

released by British Canoeing.

You may prefer to consider joining our Advanced Jersey Sea Kayak Trail 5-day course instead.

This training course is intended for sea kayakers who paddle or lead/guide trips in areas where tide races, headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered. 

Holders of the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (formerly called the 5-Star) award have successfully demonstrated a high level of performance, involving personal skills, leadership ability and sound judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced tidal waters. 

During training, we will develop both your sea kayak and leadership skills so you can paddle and guide in an advanced sea environment.

Two days. Kayaks and kit included. £tbc.

Option to add the Open Water Navigation module to make this a three-day course. 

Contact us for 2021 dates. 

Custom can be arranged email, Derek. 

Read our COVID-19 guidance here (opens in a new window). 

Travelling to Jersey. All travellers to Jersey (including from the UK) must undergo a PCR test on arrival in Jersey. Testing and self-isolation requirements may change between the time you book and your arrival in Jersey. 

Read the latest Government of Jersey Safer Travel Guidance to check if you are arriving from a Green, Amber or Red country/region. 

Visitors  -or islanders who have recently returned- to Jersey must not join our activities until they have received their Negative COVID – 19 PCR Test results.  

When booking your activity, please allow sufficient time to get your PCR test results (based on the country or regional colour code you arrive from).

Important notes for all British Canoeing training and assessment courses.

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 the prerequisites and have read 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. Likewise, if you decide to go direct to assessment, please ensure you are confident that you meet the requirements of the assessment.

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 assess 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.