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Advanced Sea Kayak Leader

This course demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced tidal waters.

The award is intended for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered. The award should be accessible to all those people who journey on the sea on a regular basis and should not be seen as the preserve of a few elite performers.

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Paddlers wishing to complete an Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment are required to register before they are able to attend the course. It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date.

At the point of registration the following prerequisites are required:

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The Advanced Sea Kayak Leader course content covers the following:

  • Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
  • Part B – Rescue Skills
  • Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
  • Part D – Theory

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Syllabus.

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The course content is typically delivered over at least two days of formal training in personal skills, leadership, and safety and rescue (including night paddle/s).

Some training courses also include the prerequisite British Canoeing Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course (extending the programme by an additional day).

Once training has been completed candidates have up to three years to complete the assessment prerequisites and progress to assessment. If more time is required extension requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Assessments are normally run over two days, including two evening exercises.

The choice of venue should give the opportunity for journeying in tidal areas with tide races, no landing zones, rocky coastlines, periods of no less than Beaufort Force 5, and launching and landing in surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

Upon completion of the Assessment the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Notes.

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