Advanced Sea Kayak Leader

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader. A Leader looks on as a sea kayaker is navigating rough seas.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Advanced Sea Kayak Leader award demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced tidal waters.

The award is intended for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered. The award should be accessible to all those people who journey on the sea on a regular basis and should not be seen as the preserve of a few elite performers.

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Overview

Minimum age

18 years


2-day Training / 2-day Assessment


Optional and free-of-charge.  Leadership eLearning

Completion time

3 years


  • Relevant Leadership Training: Advanced Sea Kayak Leader training within previous 3 years
  • Relevant Safety Training: Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning or similar RYA course (see Alternative Qualifications for Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses)
  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members
  • Age: 18 years of age, or older

Finding an Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Course

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Course Documents

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Core Skills Covered

The Advanced Sea Kayak Leader course content covers the following:

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
Part B – Rescue Skills
Part C – Safety, Leadership and Group Skills
Part D – Theory

For full details of the content covered, please refer to the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Syllabus.

Methods of Assessment

Assessments are normally run over two days, including two evening exercises.

The choice of venue should give the opportunity for journeying in tidal areas with tide races, no landing zones, rocky coastlines, periods of no less than Beaufort Force 5, and launching and landing in surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

Upon completion of the Assessment, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

For full details of the content covered, please refer to the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Notes.