British Canoeing Awards

British Canoeing awards recognise a paddler’s ability to operate competently at different levels ranging from sheltered, moderate and advanced water environments.

The Start, Discover and Explore awards are great benchmarks for your sea kayaking skills. On request, we can assess you on most of our tours and courses.

The British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak (CSK) award sets the standard for paddlers to benchmark their skills in moderate water conditions.

Our Sea Kayak Leader (moderate water) training and assessment courses demonstrate your ability to kayak and lead in moderate water.

Listed below you’ll also find details of our coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning courses and VHF radio training.

Visit the Courses page for dates of our Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Courses and Kayak trails

Email us to discuss your training and assessment course. Or, book online.

Coastal Sea Kayak

The British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak (CSK) award sets the standard for paddlers to benchmark their skills in moderate water conditions.

Over five days, we aim to improve your sea kayaking skills while we explore the fantastic coastline of Jersey and its huge tide range.

This course is suitable for intermediate paddlers (around BC Sea Kayak award level) in either sit-on-top or sit-inside sea kayaks.

Fly from regional and European airports (Easyjet, BA, Flybe) to get more time on the water. There is a vast range of travel and accommodation options available.

Five days use of our sea kayaks and paddle kit £550.

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

For those who need to develop their kayak navigation skills, there is often the option to add an extra day for the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) course.

2020 Coastal Sea Kayak Course (includes assessment option). Five days.

September 6-10

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.

2020 Coastal Sea Kayak Assessment (2 days):

September 9-10

It is also possible to offer a 2-day Coastal Sea Kayak assessment priced £220.

Contact us for dates. Our online booking page lists 2020 and 2021 dates.

British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak syllabus

Sea Kayak Leader Training

Even if you have no plans to undertake the Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) (moderate water) assessment, we’ll develop your experience and tune up your skills while kayaking around the superb coastline of Jersey.

Add extra kayaking days, join the 5-day advanced course or complete the assessment prerequisites: Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) course -on the day before the training course-, British Canoeing Sea Kayak or Coastal Sea Kayak award, VHF marine radio certificate and First Aid.

To get the most out of your training course, you should be able to kayak for between 4-5 hours per day in winds of up to force 3-4 and in moderate tidal waters which may include overfalls, swell and tidal streams of about 3 knots (or more) off some headlands.

It would help if you were at (or above) British Canoeing 3 star/Sea Kayak/Coastal Sea Kayaker standard to get the most from this course.

Kayaks and equipment supplied at no extra charge. £220

British Canoeing training course syllabus.

Email Derek for custom dates.

2020

June 27-28 (CNTP course on June 26)* 

September 12-13 (Coastal Sea Kayak award September 6-10, CNTP course on September 5 or 11 and SKL assessment September 19-20)*

Contact us for more dates. Our online booking page lists 2020 and some 2021 dates.

*Links with our advanced kayak trail.

** Links with our Big Tides week.

Sea Kayak Leader (Moderate Water) Assessment

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Moderate water (formally the 4-star sea leader) award sets the standard for paddlers to benchmark their skills in moderate water conditions.

Increasingly this award is viewed as an essential requirement to guide sea kayaking trips on the sea.

Jersey has big tides and a coastline ranging from cliffs, surf beaches, caves, rock gardens and offshore sea kayaking opportunities. The island is ideal for the sea kayaker who wants to pack a range of paddling experiences into their assessment.

Fly from regional and European airports (Easyjet, BA, Flybe) to get more time on the water. There is a huge range of travel and accommodation options available.

Sea kayaks and paddle kit available: £220.

Drysuits, VHF marine radio, flares and other items for the assessment can be hired in advance if arriving by air.

You can also add extra paddle days as preparation for the assessment. British Canoeing Guide training modules can be included as additional days.

New for 2020; Option to include the British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayaker assessment. Even if a candidate for the Sea Kayak leader assessment is unsuccessful, they may still qualify for this new personal performance award.

Custom assessment dates are possible.

2020

June 29-30

September 19-20 (Coastal Sea kayak award September 6-10, Coastal Navigation -CNTP- September 5 or 11, SKL training September 12-13, Kayak Trail September 14-18)

Contact us for dates. Our online booking page lists 2020 and some 2021 dates.

Sea Kayak Guide modules

British Canoeing guide modules are available for all kayakers as stand-alone units. You do not need to be a coach or sea kayak leader. The one-day guide modules are an excellent way to develop your knowledge.

Each Guide Module is recognised as Continuous Professional Development (CPD) by British Canoeing (1 module = 18 months CPD).

The Sea Kayak guide endorsement supports and recognises the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role on sea kayak tours and expeditions worldwide.

 We offer one-day British Canoeing Guide endorsement 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.

Each module costs £120 and includes BC registration and certificate.

For availability, custom dates or more information, please contact us.

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader

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

Holders of the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (formerly called the 5-Star sea) 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.

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

Our Advanced Sea Kayak Trail and Big Tides Week are great ways to get more experience before you complete your training

Contact us for possible dates.