Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) Training (British Canoeing)


Want to learn to lead in advanced conditions on the sea?

Learn or refresh the skills you need to pass the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader award with this in-depth 2 day British Canoeing endorsed training course.

This course does NOT include the ONTP course needed for assessment.

2 day course

All equipment can be provided

Small group 1:4 ratio

On-site camping and Accommodation

£260 + 6% booking fee

 9am to 5pm

2 Days & 1 Night – Exact times depend on time of year

Details & Itinerary

Whether you’re looking to lead members of your club, you’re an outdoor instructor looking to expand your qualifications

Or you want to be able to confidently look after friends on the sea.

Learn, refresh and develop the skills you need to pass the BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader award with this in-depth 2-day British Canoeing-endorsed training course.

What we will cover:

As an Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, you will need to have the skills to confidently lead a group of paddlers in advanced sea conditions and be equipped to deal with any mishaps that may happen along the way.

On this intensive 2 days course, we will cover as much as possible, from trip planning to rescue scenarios, with particular emphasis on any specific areas you feel you need to develop giving you lots of tools and ideas to take away and develop before your assessment.

Part of the “low visibility” training is usually done at night, so please come prepared to paddle into the evening on day 1.

Previous experience required?

There are no pre-requisites for the BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training, however, on our paddling levels, this course is a Level 5 and you should be paddling at or around this level.

This course does NOT include the Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course needed for assessment. We currently do not provide the Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course but if you get in touch here we may be able to organise something.

What you should bring:


  • Lunch is not provided, please bring your own packed lunch and any other snacks you require for the day/course (in a suitable container to be taken on the kayaks i.e plastic food container)
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Drinking water
  • Hat

On cold days: Bring a jumper or fleece that you don’t mind getting wet.

On hot days: You might wish to bring clothes to wear kayaking that you don’t mind getting wet (much more comfortable than a wetsuit). The kayak coach will advise on this during the introductory talk.

What we provide:

Top-quality instruction and leadership from our qualified coaches
Small coach to group ratio of 1:2 or 2:4
We will provide all equipment you need or you are welcome to use your own.

We will have available:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Wetsuits
  • Windproofs
  • Drysuits (in winter and on particularly cold days)
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Spray Skirts
  • Dry Bags
  • Helmets
  • Towlines
  • Map Cases
  • Leadership Kits – Repair Kit, First Aid Kit etc.

Your coach will discuss this with you on arrival and can provide anything extra you require.

Minimum participants to run: 1

All of our courses are guaranteed to run with only one person booking.

You can book your course safe in the knowledge that it will run, even if it’s only yourself booked on!


Want to know why we’re operating this way?

We have many years of experience in the kayaking world and we have all been frustrated when we book a course and make plans around it, only to be told shortly before that the course will not be running due to low participant numbers.

We want to be as customer-focused as possible. We have committed to running all courses even if only one person has booked.

Yes, this does mean we are operating at a loss in these instances, but we think you’ll be so impressed with the service we offer that you will be returning and bringing friends with you in the future!

And it’s a day out at sea doing something that we are passionate about, so we all win!

Taught By Experts

A passionate team that is dedicated to helping customers on their personal journey in kayaking.

Small instructor to group ratios to ensure you get the personal attention you need.

All Kayaking Equipment Included

We can provide everything you need including wetsuits, windproofs, paddles, buoyancy aids and kayaks. Your coach will discuss this with you when meeting you and get anything extra you require.