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Advanced Surf Kayak Leader

This course indicates that the candidate has attained a high level of performance, personal skill and group management in advanced situations.

It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of other paddlers in remote or advanced surf.

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Paddlers wishing to complete an Advanced Surf 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:

  • Relevant Leadership Training: Advanced Surf Kayak Leader training within previous 3 years.
  • Relevant Safety Training: Advanced Surf Safety & Rescue
  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members
  • Age: 18 years of age, or older

Please note: Candidates need to ensure their safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before presenting for an assessment; it is strongly advised that their AdvSurf SR training (where required) is recent to ensure this is the case.

Paddlers who already meet these prerequisites are invited to register now using the Leader Registration (LR) Form. 

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The Advanced Surf 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 Surf Kayak Leader Syllabus.

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The course content is delivered during at least three days of formal training in personal skills, leadership, and safety and rescue, which usually includes the Advanced Surf, Safety and Rescue training. This is followed by a separate two-day assessment.


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. A British Canoeing Advanced Surf Kayak Leader must be capable of riding in advanced surf.

They should be fully conversant with reefs, points and heavy waves. At this level it is important for candidates to be able to accurately assess the surf in terms of its suitability to paddle on and therefore no upper limit of size should be set. The assessment will access at least 1 surf venue that is not a simple beach break, this may be a point, reef or a break requiring a short coastal journey.

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 Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Notes.

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