British Canoeing Sea Kayak Award (Training & Assessment)

Welcome to your sea kayaking adventure in North Wales! Join us to further your sea kayaking journey using British Canoeing's Sea Kayaker award as your guide.

Plas y Brenin

5 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6


Plas y Brenin


5 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Our experienced coaches will enhance your boat handling skills, teach you to make informed decisions for a safe and enjoyable sea outing, and provide an opportunity for assessment and future progress planning.

Our program focuses on developing your sea kayaking skills, emphasizing sound judgement and decision-making for successful days on the sea. You’ll gain confidence in planning and executing sea journeys, even in winds up to force 2 and tides up to 1 knot. Whether you prefer sea kayaks or sit-on-tops, and whether you paddle in tidal or non-tidal environments, this course equips you with the skills to stay in control. This award serves as a strong foundation for building the experience and knowledge needed for Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.


Throughout the course, we’ll explore various coastal locations near North Wales, covering skill enhancement, trip planning, and decision-making. The assessment process unfolds gradually over the week, with all elements comprehensively addressed and practiced.

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To make the most of this experience, it’s important to have a basic proficiency in kayak manoeuvring. Expect to spend your week developing boat handling skills, gaining insights into how tides and wind can impact your journey, and learning how to adapt when things don’t go as planned. By the end of the program, you’ll have the chance to undergo assessment and receive a personalized action plan for your future progress in sea kayaking.

* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

Experience Required

You should have kayaked before and had some experience of sea kayaking. The British Canoeing ‘Discover’ Paddle award or old 2* standard would be a useful indication of starting ability.

How Should I Prepare?

You need to have skills to move your kayak around with relative ease in calm conditions.

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Note: Our instructors will assess any safety equipment you bring with you. If they consider it to be below the required standard, you will be asked to use equipment provided free of charge by Plas y Brenin.

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