British Canoeing Awards

British Canoeing awards recognise a paddler’s ability to operate competently at different levels ranging from sheltered, to 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 are 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 an able and improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

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

All candidates will receive an action plan at the end of the course.

One day assessment; £115 (plus certificate fee).

All equipment and kayak are supplied. You are welcome to use your kit and kayak.

2022 Sea Kayak Training or Assessment Dates

April 12*

May 28*

September 30*

1:1 and custom assessment and training days can be arranged. Email: [email protected] or call: 07797853033 for other dates and to arrange your assessment day.


* See our 5-day Intermediate course, which includes the Sea Kayak assessment £575.

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 large 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, Blue Island) to get more time on the water. There is a vast range of travel and accommodation options available.

Sea kayaks and all paddle kit is included in the price. 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.

2022 Coastal Sea Kayak Courses. Please visit our booking page for the latest dates.

September 12-16. 5 days. £575 (includes assessment option).

2-day Coastal Sea Kayak assessments can also be arranged upon request. Email: [email protected] or call: 07797853033 for other dates and more information.

Private 1:1 coaching and assessment are also possible. £230 per day (for up to two paddlers). For three or more add £115 per person. Contact Derek to arrange other assessment and training dates.

The British Canoeing Coastal Sea Kayak Award syllabus. Attending a training or assessment course does not imply you will pass. The Coastal Sea Kayak checklist is a helpful tool to assess if you are ready for assessment or need further training.

Sea Kayak Leader Training

Our Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) 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. 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.

To get the most from the training, you should be able to kayak for between 4-6 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. You should be kayaking at the 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 Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) as an extra day of training. We can also run online BC approved CNTP courses.

Kayaks and equipment are included in the price: £230

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.

Email: [email protected] or call: 07797853033 for other dates and more information.


May 14-15 (Option to add BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning on May 13)

June 25-26 (Option to add the Jersey Kayak Trail (Advanced) trip on June 19-23 and BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning on June 24)

September 9-10. This course must be booked via Sea Kayak Germany.

Contact us for other dates.

*Links with our advanced kayak trail.

** Links with our Big Tides week.

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.

Sea Kayak Leader (Moderate Water) Assessment

The Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) assessment demonstrates you have the experience and skills to lead a group of paddlers on short, single or multi-day journeys on the sea in moderate tidal waters.

Note. The Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) assessment changed in January 2021. The award now offers two routes: a tidal and non-tidal waters assessment option. For most sea kayakers, the SKL tidal waters assessment is the best option because it allows you to lead in a broader range of conditions and waters.

You can now go directly to assessment without having to attend a training course. Currently, I would only recommend this route if you already have a lot of sea kayak leadership experience. Please read the Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance to know what the assessment involves.

If you need advice about whether you should book an assessment, please download, complete, and return to me, the Sea Kayak Leader Skills checklist.

In theory, it is possible to be assessed in one day on request. However, we will continue to offer a two-day assessment because it allows candidates more time to be evaluated in a range of conditions.

Jersey has large tides and a coastline ranging from cliffs, surf beaches, caves, rock gardens and offshore sea kayaking opportunities. This makes the island 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, Blue Island) to get more time on the water. There are lots of travel and accommodation options available.

Sea kayaks and paddle kit is included in the price: £230.

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

You can also add extra paddle days to prepare for the assessment or complete British Canoeing Guide training modules.

New for 2022; If your Sea Kayak Leader assessment is unsuccessful, you may still qualify for the Coastal Sea Kayak personal performance award.

2022 Sea Kayak Leader (Tidal) Assessment dates

May 21-22

September 7-8

Custom dates, small groups and 1:1 assessments can often be arranged. Email: [email protected] or call: 07797853033.

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. The Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) award changed in 2021. You no longer need to have attended the advanced SKL training. 

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). 

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

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 sea kayak skills and get more experience 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 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, and 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.