British Canoeing Performance and Leadership Courses (Updated)

BCU Courses, sea kayaking courses

 BC, British Canoeing

Kayak Waveology is a proud provider.

British Canoeing is the most recognized and respected paddle sport coaching and awarding system in the world.  Kayak Waveology’s coaches and visiting coaches are BCU and UKCC Level 3 trained professionals.

Trainings and Assessments are great tools to measure your abilities at different levels of your paddle sport development.  Students can effectively set goals, gain a clear understanding of required skills, and creates a clear pathway to motivate your future.

This 2019 season Kayak Waveology will offering the NEW BC Personal Performance and the current Advanced Leadership and Safety awards.



New BC Personal Performance Awards (Sea Kayaking)

  • Paddle Explore.  Generic discipline (Sheltered Water, 2 Star)
  • Sea Kayak Award (Low End of Moderate Water, 3 Star Sea skills)
  • Coastal Sea Kayak Award (Moderate Water Sea Skills)
  • Advanced Sea Kayak Award (Advanced Water Sea Skills)

All of the new performance awards are direct entry. Paddlers can choose which award they would like to work towards, developing their skills and decision making.  The awards provide appropriate milestones and acknowledgement of personal skills, setting up the paddler appropriately for British Canoeing Coaching and Leadership qualifications.  All of the awards have been created and written with the paddler at the heart of the content and creating self-directed learning, empowerment and ownership.

Current BC Leadership Courses

  • Sea Kayak Leader ( Moderate Water Level)
  • Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (Advanced Water Level)

Safety Courses

  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • Open Water Navigation 

The above courses are prerequisites for the BC Sea Leader and Advanced Sea Leader awards.  Feel free to browse the My Path Way  page on the  British Canoeing's web site


Please check our working calendar for the schedule of BC Courses and dates.


"Those who are looking to do more" has been Kayak Waveology's motto for many years.  If you have taken some of our “Free Form" Paddler Performance courses that we have developed over the years, you have been exposed to the BC and BCU methods of coaching.   Our courses have been sot after as your benchmark to build those unshakable solid base of foundation skills that will only underpin your performance in rough water. If you are an open minded learner who likes challenges, BC pathways will only accelerate your mastery of this great sport.

Visiting Coaches:

From time to time through out the paddling season we have visiting BC coaches from the UK and Europe visiting and helping running higher level BC courses. Coaches like Nigel Dennis BC National Trainer Assessor A 5, Keirron Tastagh Coach 5, Phil Clegg Coach 5, Axle Shchoevers Coach 4, Peter Jones Coach 4, Dale Williams Coach 5 asprint ACA L5 ITE. Most or if not all of these top coaches are regulars at our Autumn Gales symposium at the end of each paddling season here in New England.