Rough Water Skills



Program: Skills Course
Conditions: Moderate+
Anglesey, North Wales
Coach to Student Ratio: 1 to 4
Duration: 4 days
Cost: £320

2022 Course Dates & Coaching Team


3 to 6 March: Nick
24 to 27 March: Kelly & Guest Team*
14-17 July: Kelly & Nick

11-14 August: Kelly & Nick
29 September to 2 October: Nick
27 to 30 October: Kelly & Nick

*Guest Team: Adam Harmer & Matt Giblin

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Rough water adventure & challenge  – tide races, rock gardens and surf!

Seeking exposure to Anglesey’s famously challenging sea kayaking conditions? Rough Water Skills is for you!
This program is ideal for kayakers confident in moderate water with a desire to develop advanced water skills and experience in conditions up to 20kts winds, 3kts+ tidal streams and 1.5m+ waves. Tide race skills and tactics, surf zone moves, rock garden experiences, and downwind action in stormy weather – the rough water opportunities on Anglesey are endless!

There are no formal British Canoeing aims during this course, although the skills and experience gained are useful for a range of awards. If you wish, we can organise training for the BC Coastal or Advanced Sea Kayak award during the course.

Tell me more!

The aim of this course is to experience the best Anglesey rough water kayaking – with dedicated coaching to bring out the best of your kayaking skills. We’ll develop your rough water skills, tactics and confidence. We’ll also help you to develop independence, building on your existing planning, decision making, group tactics, and safety and rescue skills.

The strong tidal streams of the Anglesey coastline increase the planning challenges, offer more dynamic conditions and enhance the rough water sea kayaking experience. This course is ideal to develop your skills and experience for future self-led trips on the UK’s more challenging coastlines.

For this course, we select weeks with varied tide race conditions around Anglesey. In light winds, many of the island’s headlands will create dynamic water playgrounds. On windy days there will be plenty of challenging sea conditions on exposed coastlines. In storm conditions, we can choose downwind runs in the Menai Strait and make use of the tidal white water rapids of the Swellies. In all, there’s a great deal of adventure available, regardless of the weather!

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You can also join our Dynamic Water / Rough Water Skills / Celtic Classics courses with Flow State Adventures.
This adventure kayaking program is Nick and Kelly’s new coaching project – check out our website for more info: