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Sea Kayak Awards

The Sea Awards are designed for paddlers looking for recognition of their skills for a safe day out on the sea.

Awards can be taken in either tidal or non-tidal environments allowing greater access for paddlers using locations that have little or no tidal movements but has the appropriate wind conditions. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions so start your next award today!  

Further details of the content of the awards can be found on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

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Expand Sea Kayak Award

The Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and the decision making required for a successful day on the sea. 

1  Sea Kayak

You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, using sea kayaks or sit on tops, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.

Expand Coastal Sea Kayak Award

Your Coastal Sea Kayak Award endorses your judgment, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on the sea. 

2  Coastal Sea Kayak

You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on the sea in winds up to and including force 4 and/or tides up to 2 Knots, in a sea kayak or specific sit on tops in tidal or non-tidal environments. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise we associate with Advanced Sea Kayak Award holders.

Expand Advanced Sea Kayak Award

As an Advanced Sea Kayaker, you will have extensive experience of paddling on the sea.

3  Advanced Sea Kayak

Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of sea conditions with winds over force 4 and/or tides over 2 Knots, using sea kayaks in tidal or non-tidal environments, where you may make open crossings in excess of 2Nm, as well as travelling along the coastline.

Expand Qualification Links & Certification

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

Sea Kayak Award: Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) or Canoe & Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water)
Coastal Sea Kayak Award: Sea Kayak Coach (Moderate Water) or Sea Kayak Leader
Advanced Sea Kayak Award: Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, Sea Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or the Performance Sea Kayak Coach

Find an Award Near You

Head over to the Canoe Near You map and find Sea Kayaking Award courses near you or Find a Provider to run an award.