British Canoeing. Sea Kayak Leader, Training and Assessment

BC Sea Kayak Leader Training and the Assessment

The BC Sea Kayak Leader award is designed to get you thinking as a leader on and off the water.  Successful performance at this level also indicate that the candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions about the planned route, along with the thought process and action to modify plans as required.

Perform competently practical skills in force 4/5 winds and sea state 4 in a moderate tidal water environment and be capably of paddling 15/20 miles in 3 Star conditions.  This is not a coaching award, but rather a leadership award and is not suitable to introduce beginners to the sport.

Sea Kayak Leader Training and the Assessment both are 2 day courses and are run separately.


  • For the Leader Training course, candidates need to hold the New BCU 3 Star award in the desired discipline.
  • For the Leader Assessment course, candidates need to have taken the Sea Kayak Training (Old 4 Star Sea Leader) course with in the last 3 years, the Coastal Navigation Tidal Planning course, and have an approved 16 Hr Wilderness First Aid course.

The current syllabus and guidance notes for the BCU 4 Star Leader award can be found on the PNA and BC UK web sites.  The BC current syllabus and guidance notes can be found on the Paddle Sports North America web site


  • Candidates wishing to attend a BC Sea Kayak Leader Assessment with Kayak Waveology need to have registered LR form in place with there home nation, and an stamped LR Form with them.   This LR Leadership Registration form can be down loaded from PNA's web site.



Course Cost $300.00/pp


BCU 4 Star leader Training, Sea Kayak Course in Connecticut







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