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Advanced Sea Kayak Courses

Sea Kayak Leader Training, Assessments, Advanced Courses & Tours

The moderate and advanced water sea kayak leader (previously called 4 and 5-star sea kayak leader) covers personal and leadership skills.

Raise your paddling to a new level in Jersey, the island of the 12m tides on our advanced sea kayaking courses and multi-day tours. With our local expert staff, we’ll get you exploring some great spots around Jersey.

Advanced Sea Kayak Courses and Tours in Jersey

We offer a range of advanced sea kayaking courses and trips around Jersey. Sea kayak guide and British Canoeing coach courses are also possible.

Visit our advanced courses online booking page for the latest dates and information.

Email us for custom dates for individuals and groups.

Jersey Kayak Trail (Advanced 5 days)

Jersey’s dramatic coastline of cliffs, caves, and secluded bays enables sea kayakers 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.

Previous sea kayaking experience is essential. Expect to kayak for between 5-6 hours per day in conditions of around force 4 and moderate tidal waters. This may include overfalls, swell and tidal streams of about 3 knots (or more) off some headlands.

Intermediate level kayakers may want to consider our Intermediate Kayak Trail.

The 5-day course is a great way to tune up your skills in a superb kayaking location. Some paddlers use this course as preparation for the British Canoeing Sea kayak Leader training or assessment at each end of the week.

Fly from regional airports to quickly get paddling without the hassle of a long drive. Jersey is more than just a kayaking destination. There is a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants, and things to do.

Kayaks and equipment included: £550. Maximum of 6 kayakers.

If you are unsure if your sea kayaking skills and experience is sufficient to join this course, please contact us before you book.

2019 Dates

See our online booking system.

Sea Kayak Leader (Moderate Water/4 Star) Training

Even if you have no plans to undertake the sea kayak leader (SKL) -moderate water/4-star- assessment, you’ll develop your experience and tune up your skills while kayaking around the superb coastline of Jersey.

Add extra kayaking days, join the 5-day advanced course or complete the assessment prerequisites: Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning course (CNTP), British Canoeing 3 star award, VHF marine radio certificate and First Aid.

To get the most from the training, you should be able to kayak for between 4-5 hours per day in winds of up to force 3-4 and in moderate tidal waters which may include overfalls, swell and tidal streams of about 3 knots (or more) off some headlands. You should be at (or above) British Canoeing 3 star standard to get the most for this course.

Kayaks and equipment included: £220. Fly from UK regional airports to get more time on the water. Jersey also has connections to European airports via Gatwick.

2019 Dates

See our online booking system.

Email Derek for custom dates.

Sea Kayak Leader (Moderate water/4 Star) Assessment

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (SKL) Moderate water (formally the 4-star sea leader) award sets the standard for paddlers to benchmark their skills in moderate water conditions. Increasingly this award is viewed as an essential requirement to guide sea kayaking trips on the sea.

Sea kayaks and paddle kit included: £220. Drysuits, VHF marine radio, flares and other items for the assessment can be hired in advance if arriving by air.

British Canoeing Guide training modules are also available as extra days.

2019 Dates

See our online booking system.

Custom assessment dates are also possible. Email Derek.

Big Tides Advanced Sea Kayak Course (5 days)

Sea kayak in Jersey, the island of the 12m tides.

Paddle tide streams that flow at more than 5 knots. Challenge yourself in overfalls as the tide ebbs and flows around the coast. Test your navigation skills as you plan coastal and offshore routes under the watchful eye of local expert paddlers.

Over five days you’ll kayak on some of the highest (and lowest) tides of the year. Explore a coastline that is never the same as the ocean rises and falls by up to 3 inches per minute. Spend time in tide races, overfalls and rock gardens and (if conditions permit) surf to tune up your water skills. We’ll also explore the largest rocky intertidal area in Europe. A place where the ocean can recede up to two miles from land to reveal a remarkable undersea world.

Accompanied by local expert paddlers, you’ll discover some of the best sea kayaking spots around Jersey as we tune-up your sea kayak skills.

Kayaks and paddle kit included: £550. Maximum of 6 kayakers.

This course is for experienced/advanced sea kayakers. Intermediate level paddlers should consider the Intermediate kayak trail option.

2019 Dates

See our online booking system.

September 27- 1 October (Friday-Tuesday) Highest tide 12.15m

Add Extra Days to your Sea Kayak Course

Consolidate your skills and get more experience of sea kayaking in Jersey.

While it’s possible to cover the 4-star sea training syllabus in two days, many paddlers like to add extra days, so they have plenty of time to enhance their skills.

You can also add extra courses such as the Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning (CNTP) and 3-star. If these options are not showing on your required dates, email or call me.

Many kayakers select this option as a way of adding extra trips for their logbook. Email Derek for other dates throughout the year.

Sea Kayak Guide Training

Level: If you would like to develop a career in the outdoors, or your sea kayak guiding skills, our training programme could provide the ideal launch pad. Our course is custom made, so you get to spend your time in the best way.

Previous students have undertaken training from BC 1 to 3-star sea kayak awards and the sea kayak leader and advanced leader awards (4 and 5 stars). There is also the option to complete the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT), VHF, First Aid and Child Protection training as part of your pathway to becoming a BC level 1 and level 2 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.

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Guide Endorsement Modules

British Canoeing guide modules are available for all kayakers as stand-alone units.

You do not need to be a coach or sea kayak leader. The one-day guide modules are an excellent way to develop your knowledge.

The Sea Kayak guide endorsement supports and recognises the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role on sea kayak tours and expeditions worldwide.

British Canoeing endorsed kayak guides must undergo training in a minimum of three modules. Choose from;
Camp Craft and Expedition Skills
Environment and Sustainability
Leadership, Customer Experience
Trip Planning and Organisation.
Plus, you must have a paddle-sport leadership qualification (e.g. sea kayak leader) and submit a portfolio of your guiding experience which can be endorsed by an approved BC guide trainer to become a registered guide.

We offer these British Canoeing Guide endorsement modules;

Camp-craft and expedition skills
Trip Planning and organisation
Customer experience

Dates can be arranged on demand or, added to your sea kayak leader course.

Contact us to arrange your British Canoeing guide modules.


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 understood 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 14 days before the assessment). If you arrive without a valid LR form, we cannot asses you for the leadership award and no refund of your course fees will be made. If you need advice or assistance, contact us in advance.

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