Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

The British Canoeing sea kayak leader (moderate water) award was formerly known as the 4 Star sea kayak leader award. The title changed in 2017, although the training and assessment content remains the same.

Venue: Anglesey North Wales
Duration: 2 days
Course Fee: £180

Coach: candidate ratio – 1: 3

The British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) moderate water award is designed for leaders of groups of 4-5 paddlers on 6-8 mile / 3 hour journeys in moderate tidal waters with winds not exceeding force 4 / sea state 4.

Successful performance at this level also indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions about the planned route, along with the need to modify plans as required.

Candidates wishing to attend a British Canoeing sea kayak leader (4 Star) assessment course with Kayak Essentials must first register with British Canoeing.

Further information is available on the British Canoeing website

The following prerequisites for assessment are required:

  • Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) Training within the last 3 years
  • BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning
  • 16-hour First Aid certificate (inc CPR) within last 3 years
  • British Canoeing registration fee

You must register for the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader (4 Star) assessment with your British Canoeing Home Nation before booking a course with Kayak Essentials.

Once registered with British Canoeing, candidates can book place on an assessment course.
Please go to our Course Bookings page for further details.