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Surf Kayak Leader

This course delivers the personal skills and the ability to manage a group of surf paddlers in moderate surf environments, and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions.

For the Course Documents, please visit the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

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If you already meet these prerequisites, register now using your Membership Portal or use the Registration Guidance button for further information.

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Paddlers wishing to complete a 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: Surf Kayak Leader training within previous 3 years.
  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members
  • Age: 16 years of age, or older

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

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The Surf Kayak Leader course content emphasises the application of skills in a surf environment, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in moderate surf, and 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 Surf Kayak Leader Syllabus on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

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The course content is delivered over at least two days formal training in personal skills, leadership and rescue, followed by a separate two-day assessment.

To be able to get the most out of the training candidates should be able to paddle to the standard of the British Canoeing Progressive Surf Kayak Award or 3 Star Surf.

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, in an area of moderate surf.

This is defined as:

  • Area: Sections of sandy beaches free from significant hazard (e.g. rocks and strong rips) and with easy access.
  • Character: Gentle, sloping and spilling waves, preferably peeling. Not pitching or dumping.
  • Height: Wave height should be no more than double overhead when seated in a kayak in the trough of the wave (head high for a stand up surfer).

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 Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Notes on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

Registration

If you already meet these prerequisites, register now using your Membership Portal or use the Registration Guidance button for further information.

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