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.

Details about our Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning and VHF radio courses is here.

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.

Sea Kayak Award Training & Assessment

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak (formally BC 3-Star Sea) award demonstrates that you can now consider yourself to be an able and improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

The Sea Kayak award can be taken in either a sit-on-top or sit-inside sea kayak. Syllabus

At the end of the course, all candidates will receive an action plan.

£110 (plus certificate fee).  All equipment and kayak are supplied -if needed-. You are welcome to use your own kit and kayak.

2021 Sea Kayak Training or Assessment Dates

May 28*

September 23*

* Our 5-day Intermediate course includes Sea kayak training and the option to be assessed. May 24-28 and September 19-23.

Or, you can just book one day for an assessment on the last day of the course: £110

 Custom assessment and training days dates can be arranged.

 Email Derek for custom dates.

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. The Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) award changed in January 2021, and it is no longer necessary for candidates to complete SKL training before your Assessment. Though formal training is not mandatory, if you chose our training course, you will have a great couple of days to develop your practice in a superb location with experienced sea kayak leaders.

Our Sea Kayak Leader training is a great way to prepare for the updated award. During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to develop your leadership, paddle skills and incident management in a range of sea conditions with a British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader assessor.

The course will also give you an insight into the British Canoeing Leadership Model and what to expect when you book your Assessment.

All participants leave our training course with a detailed action plan to help you become a better paddler and sea kayak leader. Mentoring is also available for those planning to continue to the Assessment.

Even if you have no plans to undertake the Sea Kayak Leader assessment, this course is a great way to develop your sea kayaking knowledge and experience.

Jersey, the island of the tides, has lots of paddling opportunities. Discover cliffs, caves, Atlantic facing surf beaches, tide streams, overfalls and Spring tides of up to 12m.

Add extra kayaking days, sign up for our 5-day courses, Assessment for the BC Sea kayak or Coastal Sea Kayak award, or complete the assessment prerequisites: Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) course, First Aid, Safeguarding and guide modules.

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

To get the most out of this course, you must be kayaking at British Canoeing 3 Star/Sea Kayak/Coastal Sea kayak award (or a similar level) and are prepared to kayak in moderate water conditions.

Most of our SKL training dates include the option to add the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning as extra days training. We can also run online BC approved CNTP courses.

Kayaks and equipment is included in the price: £220

Fly from UK regional airports to get more time on the water. Jersey also has good connections to European airports via Gatwick and Heathrow.

Learn more about the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader award: syllabus.

To help us meet your needs, we ask all participants to complete a Sea Kayak Leader Skills Checklist to meet your specific requirements.

Visit our booking page for listed dates.

British Canoeing training course syllabus.

Custom dates can also be arranged.

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 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).

Add Extra Days to your Sea Kayak Course

Consolidate your skills and get more experience of sea kayaking in Jersey.

While it’s possible to cover the sea kayak leader training syllabus in two days, many paddlers like to add extra days, so they have plenty of time to enhance their skills.

You can also add extra courses such as the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP), VHF and First Aid. If these options are not showing on your required dates, email or call me.

Many kayakers select this option as a way of adding extra trips to their logbook.

Email Derek for other dates throughout the year.

British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

The British Canoeing Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport is the first step on the coaching pathway and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches.

This qualification develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. It introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching.

The qualification is not specific to one type of craft and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines.

The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching key skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, usually with the support of a more qualified coach.

Contact us for dates and more information.

Coach Award (formerly level 2) Core Training

The Coach Award is for competent paddlers who want to coach sea kayakers.

Benefits of the Coach Award:

Direct entry to the training course is possible. The only prerequisite to join this training course is for you to be a member of British Canoeing.
You can select a specific pathway for training, e.g. sea kayak coach.
Supportive eLearning resources to aid learning.

Our 4-day course includes both the core training and discipline-specific sheltered water training. You will then need to go away and complete the eLearning and coaching tasks before putting yourself forward for the 1-day assessment.

Course tutor: TBC. Note. The maximum number of students per tutor is 4.

Dates: Contact us.

Course outline.

To join this course, you must have a strong base of efficient and effective personal paddling skills to enable you to facilitate safe, quality and enjoyable coaching sessions in sheltered water in winds up (and including) Beaufort force 3.

Contact us if you have any questions.

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.