BC Sea Kayak Leader Training (4*)

What to expect

Previously known as the British Canoeing 4 Star Award, this training course will include personal paddling, tidal planning, equipment awareness, environmental awareness and supporting knowledge. In addition to this, safety and rescue will be covered along with leadership of groups of up to four paddlers in moderate sea conditions.

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short (6 to 8 miles, of at least 3 hours paddling), single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4. The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.

We will work together to provide feedback and an action plan to achieve the award.

The course days start at 9.15am and ends at 4.15pm. Should you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.

British Canoeing Syllabus

Click here for the full British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award syllabus

What to bring with you

Personal Paddling gear if you have any, swimming clothes, sunglasses, sunhat, suncream, footwear that you can get wet, change of clothes, drinks and snacks

What's included

All equipment, BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader, small group ratios & accommodation (excluding: transport, food)


Levanto, Liguria, Italy


You can see the available Dates in the calendar on the right side.


Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.


Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

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