British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training

3 days

Age 16+

This 3 day training course combines the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course with the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training course.

We aim to blend together new skills and information to help you become a competent leader in a moderate sea environment and will deliver the course in a practical way. The course will cover topics including tidal predication, leadership strategies, seamanship, personal paddling and safety and rescue techniques.

We will provide continuous feedback on your performance during the course and you will leave with a mutually agreed action plan to help you towards an assessment.

Course prerequisites

Equipment and Kit Information

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training - Equipment Information

Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suit, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aid, spray deck and cag top is available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of whats best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter and what equipment is best suited for your group.

This course encompasses the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course and we will provide charts, maps plotters and dividers to all candidates. If you have your own then you are encouraged to bring these along to the course.

You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.

Daily Schedule

Course Schedule

The training course starts at 0830hrs on the morning of your course start date. This is when you will be met by your coaching team. Time will be spent at the start of the course checking pre-requisites, logbooks and paper work.

Day 1: We kick off the course with a short classroom based session around the subjects of Weather and Tides. This session is essential learning for sea kayakers and as the course progresses we will layer on new learning to reaffirm and/or develop your our knowledge. Mid morning we will head onto the water with a session on developing personal paddling techniques. We will spend a short session before dinner reflecting on the day and covering any questions that may have come to light.

Day 2: We will start with a classroom based session on developing skills associated with planning a journey. This will be followed by a on water practical session in leadership and incident management skills. In addition to this we will test out our tidal predictions and introduce some simple navigation and environmental awareness techniques. We will finish the day with another planning exercise on our second journey.

Day 3: We will finish off the classroom based sessions and put the finishing touches to our second planning exercise. Additional time maybe spent on subjects within the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning course that requires attention. We then head onto the water for the final day and spend time practicing incident management and rescue techniques.

We will end the course with a full personal debrief, outlining a pathway to further develop your leadership skills and the journey required to get you ready for assessment.

Note: Through out the training course your existing skills and knowledge maybe challenged. Our recommendation is to approach this course with an open mind and come prepared with questions and queries of your own. It is a great opportunity to share your experiences and build on your own personal paddling skills and knowledge.


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