British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Enhanced Training
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 5 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Enhanced Training

  • Paddle
  • Sea Kayaking
  • British Canoeing Award


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.

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

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.

Experience Required

Some experience of paddling in advanced sea conditions.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

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.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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5 Days
Start Date
4th April, 2022
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This course will help you become

Anadvanced sea kayak leader

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