We've designed this five day programme (formerly known as BCU 5 Star Award Preparation - Sea Kayak) for any committed club paddler who regularly journeys on the sea and encounters tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell, and challenging coastlines. Covering paddling, leadership and safety skills, it exceeds the training requirements to prepare you for your five star leader assessment (which includes the BCU Open Water & Tidal Planning Certificate). You'll also be equipped with a personalised action plan to help you achieve your goal.
As a committed club paddler, sea kayaking regularly in a suitable range of situations, sea areas and conditions you should be able to achieve this award within a period of three years.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The course will make the best use of the weather and sea conditions to ensure that we maximise our time in advanced water conditions. You'll paddle in tide races and overfalls, in and around rocky shore lines, amongst medium to large surf. You'll also cross to an offshore island that is over one hour from the mainland, and undertake a night paddle.
Some experience of paddling in advanced sea conditions.
Strong wind, waves, tide races and open crossing all make up advanced sea kayaking. Learn from our years of experience paddling and leading others in these challenging environments.
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test out that new piece of kit you've had your eye on. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.
All you really need to bring is sufficient base clothing to wear, and some suitable footwear. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles and poles. We have an extensive selection of different styles of open canoes from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring along your own kit.
Make sure that you're fit enough for five challenging days on advanced water, and that you've sea-kayaked regularly before attending.