(4-Star) Sea Kayak Leader & Performance Sea Kayaking
Tune up your sea kayaking to a higher level. Or, join us on a multi-day sea kayak exploration around the fantastic coastline of Jersey. With our expert staff we’ll get you exploring in some great locations around Jersey.
Jersey Kayak Trail
Jersey’s dramatic coastline of cliffs, caves, and secluded bays enables sea kayakers of all abilities to develop their skills and explore. Add a 12m tidal range and you can paddle over places that within a few hours will be dry land.
For the more experienced – or those wanting expert coaching – paddle tide races or offshore to Les Écréhous.
Many paddlers find this 5-day course a great way to tune up their skills in a superb kayaking location. All equipment (including ladies/gents wetsuits) is supplied. Drysuits can also be hired.
Expect to kayak for between 5-6 hours per day so some previous kayaking experience is advised.
Email Derek for other dates.
Sea Kayak Leader (4-star)Award
The British Canoeing (BC) Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) is an essential requirement for sea kayakers who want to lead or guide groups. Plus, the sea kayak leader award is a great way to develop your experience to a higher level.
Our courses cover the essential training elements of the BC Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) syllabus in some great tidal waters around Jersey. An advantage of sea kayaking in Jersey is that there is a huge range of different paddling opportunities to experience all within 20 minutes travel time.
Even if you do not plan to complete the Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) assessment, there will be plenty of opportunities to develop your skills.
Many paddlers like to add a couple days as a refresher before assessment or use the time on Jersey to gain extra log book and leadership hours.
Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training is usually 2 days duration. However, we also offer 1-5 days extra paddling days to give you more time to develop your paddle skills and experience.
We are used to working with European and international clients and are happy to help ensure you have the correct pre-requisites in place for your assessment. We have French and German speaking staff and can assist with the translation of your certificates into English.
Fly from regional airports (Easyjet, BA, Flybe operate regular services all year) to make the most of your time on Jersey or bring your own kayak and travel by high speed car ferry. See our Places to Stay page for accommodation.
Our prices include kayaks and kit. We have sea kayaks from: Valley sea kayaks – Norkapps, Avocets, Aquanaut, P&H Delphin, Esky and Hammer. New for 2017 performance sea kayaks: Rockpool Taran and Tiderace Pace 17’s and Epic Surskis. Plus, a selection of Greenland and Werner paddles. All students will receive a Paddlers Performance Action Plan.
Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) Training
Level: Suitable for the improving sea paddler who is already around 3 star standard and wants to consolidate his/her skills and knowledge. Download the BC syllabus.
Even if you have no plans to complete the Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) assessment, this course is a great way to develop your experience. Expect to kayak in a variety of conditions as you explore the great coastline of Jersey and tune up your skills.
£195 two days
Add extra training days: £95 per day
Custom dates can be arranged.
A day – or extra day – can be arranged to cover the BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning course, 3-star sea kayak assessment and -with advance booking- VHF radio and first aid courses.
Email Derek to discuss other dates for Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training courses.
Read: Preparing for (and what to expect on) your BC Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training course by Phil Hadley.
Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) Assessment
Level: You must have completed a Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training and hold the required pre-requisites. A Leadership Registration*** (LR form) must be submitted in advance.
This two day assessment requires a minimum of two examiners (Derek Hairon and Phil Hadley or Kevin Mansell) with the opportunity to lead ‘real’ adult students on at least one of the days.
Please read the assessment syllabus to ensure you have the pre-requisites.
May 18 & 19. Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) assessment. £195
September 23 & 24. Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) assessment. £195
Custom dates are also possible. Contact us.
Add extra training days prior to the assessment: £95 per day.
Sea Kayaks and paddle kit can be supplied at no extra charge*. Visiting paddlers can also hire Flares/Laser Flares, VHF marine radio, if requested in advance. On the assessment you should supply your own first aid, kayak repair kit and tow line.
Read: How to pass the BC Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) award. By Phil Hadley.
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course
Level: Suitable for any sea kayaker. This one day course can be added as a day course, if you are attending the Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training.
Custom dates/times are possible. Email Derek for more information.
Sea Kayak Navigation. Putting Theory into Practice
Level: To get the most from this course you should have some sea kayaking experience. Suitable for sea kayakers who want to develop their on the water coastal navigation skills or tune up their existing knowledge and techniques through practical on the water based scenarios.
Join us on a weekend of practical sea kayak navigation making theory become reality around the scenic coastline of Jersey.
Based on the British Canoeing (BC/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. Develop your 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 perhaps paddling in low light/darkness.
Dates: Email us to arrange dates. £200 (includes manual)
Sea kayaks and essential navigation equipment can be supplied at no extra charge.
Moderate Water Endorsement (sea) Assessment
We have teamed up with Phil Hadley, a very experienced British Canoeing coach assessor, to run Moderate Water (Sea) assessments in Jersey.
Holders of this award have successfully demonstrated they can plan, deliver and review a series of progressive paddlesport coaching sessions in a moderate water environment.
Fly from UK and European airports to get more time on the water. Sea kayaks and all equipment can be supplied.
We can supply students for your assessment (at no extra charge) and can usually arrange for you to meet (and sometimes paddle) with them before your assessment.
Add extra training/kayaking days £95 per day.
Dates. Email Derek to discuss to arrange your Moderate Water Assessment.
More information can be found via the book now button.
Sea Kayak Guide Training
Level: If you would like to develop a career in the outdoors, or develop your sea kayak skills, our training programme could provide the ideal launch pad. Courses can be custom made and often for a reasonable cost.
Previous students have undertaken training from BCU?UKCC 1 to 4 star sea kayak awards as well as the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT), VHF, First Aid and Child Protection training as part of their pathway to become a BCU/UKCC kayak coach. Group sizes are small so you get lots of input and support. Some courses will operate on a 1:1 level. Previous students have attended from Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Mauritius and the UK.
Contact Derek to discuss longer sea kayak development and training options. This option is available year round.
All equipment can be supplied along with various accommodation options.
Email or phone to discuss your plans.
*Any loaned or hired equipment used on the assessment will be assessed as if it were your own, so ensure you know how it works.
**If you combine a training course with an assessment course, it is important to understand that attendance on a training course does not imply that you will have reached the required standard to pass the award at the end of the course. Much depends upon your level of paddle skills and experience. Ensure you have read and understand the syllabus for the relevant awards.
If you are considering undertaking Sea Kayak Leader (4 star) training and assessment by linking both courses together, please discuss this in advance.
***Leadership Registration (LR) Form. A copy of your completed and officially stamped LR form is required when you book/pay (no later than 3 days before the assessment). If you arrive without a valid LR form, we cannot asses you for the leadership award (4-star) and no refund of your course fees will be made. If you need advice or assistance, contact us in advance.