Learn from our experienced local coaches and improve your sea kayaking knowledge and skills.
See our Kayak courses page for longer courses.
BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (CNTP) 2015
Learn trip planning and sea kayak navigation skills to enable you to make the right choices.
This course is suitable for kayakers, divers and small boat users, or anyone, who wants to understand more about the tides and coastal navigation around Jersey.
Plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys. The course includes weather, tides, chart work, trip planning and estimating tide streams, so you know how to select the best times and places to go afloat.
By the end of the course students will have planned at least two coastal journeys that they can take home and use as references for further trip planning.
The course meets the requirements of the British Canoe Union (BCU) coastal navigation and tidal planning syllabus. This course is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to obtain the BCU 4 star leader sea kayak award.
All course equipment is supplied. If you require the certificate add £5 for BCU members or £10 non members. This course is a pre-requisite for the BCU 4 star sea kayak assessment.
This course can also be run on demand as an 8 hour course or, 3, 4 or 5 evenings. Please call to discuss.
Time: As agreed.
Venue: As agreed.
Cost: £95. All course equipment is supplied.
Sea Kayak Navigation. Putting Theory into Practice
Join us on a weekend of practical sea kayak navigation making theory become reality around the scenic coastline of Jersey.
Based on the BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course the weekend moves from the classroom onto the sea to apply your sea kayak navigation skills to a selection of on the water challenges.
Having planned trips ashore we go afloat to paddle some of the best sections of Jersey’s coastline. This will enable you to develop your practical map/chart reading skills and navigation techniques. Practice using transits, assessing speed and drift, allowing for tide streams and cross tides as well as micro navigation and even paddling in low light/darkness.
To get the most from this course you should have some sea kayaking experience. This course is suitable for paddlers who want to develop their on the water coastal navigation skills in order to undertake coastal trips or tune up their existing knowledge and techniques through practical on the water based scenarios.
March 28 & 29
September 12 7 13
Call to arrange other dates.
£200 (includes manual)
Sea kayaks and essential navigation equipment supplied e.g. charts/maps, dividers, Sea Kayak Navigation Aid (SCANA), deck and hand held compass.
Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
Essential safety and rescue skills training to deal with common paddlesport incidents.
Join us for a days tuition were we really put the ‘fun’ into fundamental skills. The day includes many topics such tides, currents, the effects of weather around Jersey and the opportunity to practice and perfect many different rescues in a safe and controlled environment. Expect to get wet! Drysuits can be hired.
This award is essential for anyone wishing to become a BCU/UKCC level 1 coach.
Saturday May 30 0930 – 1730
Saturday October 10 0930 – 1730
Kayak anglers should also consider our BCU Foundation Kayak Angling Safety Courses.
Other dates can be arranged. Please call or email.
Cost: £65 per person if you have your own kayak kit. £95 if you need all kit and kayak. Call for group rates. Expect to get wet. Dry suits can be hired for £10 per day.
BCU Foundation Kayak Angling Safety Course
Join us for a days tuition were we really put the ‘fun’ into fundamental skills. The day includes many topics such tides, currents, the effect of weather around Jersey, efficient paddling, anchoring and plenty of practical safety skills including the opportunity to practice and perfect many different rescues in a safe and controlled environment. Expect to get wet! Drysuits can be hired.
Run by Derek Hairon (BCU level 5 coach), author of Sit-on-Top Kayak, a beginner’s guide. This course is ideal for anyone considering buying a sit-on-top kayak and wants to get top tips from experts.
Call to arrange a date and time. This course can usually be run on demand. £95.
All equipment is supplied along with a selection of Sit-on-top kayaks to help new paddlers get a better idea of which design is best for them.
Kayak fishing safety training can include the use of rods, anchors and fishing gear.Practice capsize and rescue skills with fishing gear on board. Course syllabus.