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Sea Kayak Leader Award Training

Course Overview

This two day programme provides the minimum training requirements for this award. The course will cover the paddling, leadership, safety skills and navigation skills necessary to prepare you for your four star leader assessment.

* This course was previously known as 'BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Training'

Experience Required

Three Star skills.

With MEALS & Accommodation: £280

NO MEALS OR Accommodation: £220

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites

You need to an experienced paddler with 3 star sea kayak skills. Please bring proof with you if you have the 3 star award (or old style 4 star) or proof of BCU approved APL. If you have logbook and would like it signed then please bring it with you.


The Syllabus is available here.





Course Content

We will be using local coastal venues, and our purpose built training pool if appropriate. Our high staff to student ratio ensures that you receive individual attention throughout the course. The course will cover most of the following,


Personal Paddling Skills






  • Lifting, carrying and launching/landing

  • Efficient and effective sea paddling skills

  • Forward paddling

  • Reversing and Stopping

  • Maintaining Direction

  • Changing Direction

  • Moving Sideways

  • Supporting

  • Rolling

  • Practical Navigation







Rescue Skills, Safety, Leadership and Group Management








  • Boat and shore based safety and rescue skills

  • Incident management and first aid in the 4 star environment

  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues/incidents

  • Application of leadership

  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making

  • Safety awareness and risk management

  • Group control and management

  • Equipment








The course will also aim to cover some of the theory aspects such as,











  • Equipment

  • Safety (includes coastguard and rescue services)

  • Weather

  • Hypothermia/first aid

  • Access

  • Planning

  • Group awareness and management

  • Navigation

  • Etiquette (include collision regulations and signals)

  • General (and historical)

  • Leadership responsibilities

  • Water features/hazards




Useful Books

The following books may be of interest to you before or after you come on the course.
  • Coaching Handbook - BCU Publication
  • Sea Kayak Navigation - by Franco Ferrero, Pesda
  • Sea Kayaking - by John Dowd, Douglas & McIntrye; Cordee
  • Sea Kayaking - by Nigel Foster, Fernhurst




What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch


Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details





What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal paddling equipment

  • Footwear to cope with bank and boat

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Warm clothes for off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Notebook and pen

  • BCU logbook/paperwork

  • Dry bag

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Safety and rescue kit (you would normally carry)

  • Cheque book for any BCU fees due

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.


  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • All safety and rescue kit

For safety and rescue courses only a dry suit will be provided if required







Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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