Sea Kayak Leader

Description

20 CPD Points

Become a Sea Kayak Leader!

  • Do you want to lead a group of sea kayakers in moderate tidal water?
  • Are you a sea kayaker or do you have experience paddling on the sea?
  • Do you want to support your club?

If so, the Sea Kayak Leader Award could be for you!

Why become a Sea Kayak Leader?

First of all, the Sea Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate tidal water with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable sea kayaking trips for groups of sea kayakers. 

Secondly, you will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during two days of training, with like-minded sea kayakers.  

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their sea kayak journeys on moderate tidal water. This includes short, single or multi-day journeys. 

What can a Sea Kayak Leader do?

Your award will support you to lead safe and enjoyable short, single or multi-day journeys. You will lead sea kayakers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4.

As a Leader, you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

You will be able to provide British Canoeing Awards and Training, such as:

Personal Performance Awards – Paddle Start Award, Paddle Discover Award and Sea Kayak Award

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

How should I prepare for the training course?

Before your training you will need to attend a British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course. This will support you to consider the weather, tides and provide ideas to be able to better plan coastal journeys with confidence. 

To get the most from your course, you will need to feel comfortable in a sea kayak and be able to paddle on moderate tidal water. We would recommend holding the Coastal Sea Kayak Award before booking onto your training. 

You can look at the training notes here.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader training course will be optional.

You will take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. The formal training will still be available to support you to develop the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage. 

Registration

Before you book onto your Assessment, you will need to be a member of British Canoeing, 16 years of age (or older), have an appropriate First Aid qualification, have attended Sea Kayak Leader training and complete your registration.

What is Registration?

Anyone wishing to pursue a Coaching or Leadership qualification is required to centrally register with the appropriate National Association (British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland). Registration is the process by which you confirm your intention to study towards a particular qualification. It includes:

  • Checking of previous qualifications
  • Completing and signing the Registration Form
  • Medical Declaration (if required)
  • Setting up and providing access to course resources and eLearning (where applicable)
  • Acceptance of the terms and conditions of study and helps you understand your rights whilst undertaking the qualification and how your data will be used.

Once you are registered you become a learner with the National Association, we are able to contact you with relevant information and updates to your course of study, help you find a course and local support or mentoring.

When and where does registration take place?

We would recommend that you register as early in your development journey as possible to access all of the support and learning resources. As a bare minimum, and to support your learning, we would recommend registering at least two weeks before your Assessment. Registration is an online process through your British Canoeing membership portal. Registration is separate from booking a place on a course; the latter is done directly with the Course Provider. It is worth noting that many Course Providers want to see evidence of Registration at the point of booking.

Click or tap the relevant links below.

  • Join British Canoeing here: British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
  • Find an Navigation course here: Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Find Sea Kayak Leader courses here: Sea Kayak Leader Training
  • Find an assessment course here: Sea Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Don't forget to register!

Content

The course content is delivered over at least two days’ formal training in personal skills, leadership and safety and rescue, followed by a separate two-day assessment. However, for experienced paddlers/leaders, you could consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to move directly to the assessment. Click here to find out more about RPL.

Sea Kayak Leader Training

Typically run over two days, British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader training course will support the development of your personal skill level and leadership ability to lead a group of paddlers in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4. This emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations.

The training covers four key areas:

  • Personal paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Safety, leadership and group skills
  • Theory

You can look at the Training Notes here.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing White Water OC1 Leader training course will be optional. You will take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. The formal training will still be available to support you to develop the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage.

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

We believe in assessments for learning and you will definitely learn a lot from your assessment. To find out more click on the assessment tab.

Course Assessment

We do everything we can to take the stress out of assessments, we are focused on the journey and not the destination. The experience will be safe, engaging and enjoyable, with you at the heart of the process, involving you in as much of the decision making as possible.

Typical Assessment

Your assessor will guide you through the stages of arranging your assessment, discussing with you the best times and dates for the assessment, helping you ensure you have a group to lead and the appropriate assessment conditions on the day.

By the end of the assessment you will have to demonstrate knowledge and skills in four areas:

  • Personal paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Safety, leadership and group skills
  • Theory

The assessment takes place over a minimum of 2 days, depending on the logistics relating to access to suitable environments.

Help and support ahead of your assessment

Every Leader will prepare differently for their assessment. However, you can check your readiness for assessment using:
  • The Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Notes here. – this explains in detail, the standard required for assessment
  • Leadership eLearning – This optional, interactive eLearning package will take you through some of the key principles behind the British Canoeing Model of Leadership. This is a good refresher of the Leadership principles, at any point on your journey towards becoming a Sea Kayak Leader.
  • You also might find it useful to log your previous experience in a logbook like this Coaching and Leadership Logbook. You can also use the headings suggested and make your own!

Booking Now

UK Courses

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Sat 19-09-2020
    Derek A Hairon
    Jersey Kayak Adventures Ltd, Ackaless, La Grande Route de la Cote, St Clement, Jersey, JE2 6FW, UNITIED KINGDOM
Sea Kayak Leader Training
  • Tue 13-10-2020
    Richard Uren
    Paddlecrest Coaching, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8UJ, UNITED KINGDOM
Sea Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Sat 17-10-2020
    Richard Uren
    Paddlecrest Coaching, Heamoor, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8UJ, UNITED KINGDOM
Sea Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 17-10-2020
    Dr Steve Banks
    Roa Island slip, Roa Island, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UNITED KINGDOM
Sea Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Sat 31-10-2020
    Dr Steve Banks
    Roa Island slipway, Roa Island, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UNITED KINGDOM
Sea Kayak Leader Training
  • Tue 01-12-2020
    Dr Steve Banks
    Roa Island slip, Roa Island, Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, UNITED KINGDOM
20 CPD Points
Course Description

Become a Sea Kayak Leader!

  • Do you want to lead a group of sea kayakers in moderate tidal water?
  • Are you a sea kayaker or do you have experience paddling on the sea?
  • Do you want to support your club?

If so, the Sea Kayak Leader Award could be for you!

Why become a Sea Kayak Leader?

First of all, the Sea Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate tidal water with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable sea kayaking trips for groups of sea kayakers. 

Secondly, you will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during two days of training, with like-minded sea kayakers.  

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their sea kayak journeys on moderate tidal water. This includes short, single or multi-day journeys. 

What can a Sea Kayak Leader do?

Your award will support you to lead safe and enjoyable short, single or multi-day journeys. You will lead sea kayakers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4.

As a Leader, you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

You will be able to provide British Canoeing Awards and Training, such as:

Personal Performance Awards – Paddle Start Award, Paddle Discover Award and Sea Kayak Award

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

How should I prepare for the training course?

Before your training you will need to attend a British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course. This will support you to consider the weather, tides and provide ideas to be able to better plan coastal journeys with confidence. 

To get the most from your course, you will need to feel comfortable in a sea kayak and be able to paddle on moderate tidal water. We would recommend holding the Coastal Sea Kayak Award before booking onto your training. 

You can look at the training notes here.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader training course will be optional.

You will take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. The formal training will still be available to support you to develop the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage. 

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