British Canoeing (BC) Awards

Personal Performance and Leadership Awards.  Sea Kayak, Coastal Sea Kayak & Advanced Sea Kayak Award.

Leadership Training and Assessment at Moderate (4*) & Advanced (5*) Levels.

 

sea kayaking | Anglesey | North Wales.

 

 

Note: On each course remember to bring you British Canoeing (BC) membership number as well as money, as there will also be an additional admin and/or certification fee with Coastal or Open Water Navigation. 

 

Personal Performance Awards

 

  • All of the awards are direct entry. Paddlers can choose which award they would like to work towards, developing their skills and decision making.
  • The awards provide appropriate milestones and acknowledgement of personal skills, setting up the paddler appropriately for British Canoeing Coaching and Leadership qualifications.
  • All of the awards have been created and written with the paddler at the heart of the content and creating self-directed learning, empowerment and ownership. 

 

 

Star Sea Kayak Award (3*) at £180 for 2 days and a ratio of 1:6

 
The Sea Kayak Award endorses your skill, judgment and the decision making required for a successful day on the sea.  You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on the sea, in winds up to and including force 3 and/or tides up to 1 Knot, in tidal or non-tidal environments, with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Coastal Sea Kayak Award holders.

 

This is a 2 day course with a chance for some extra training if required and available.  This course is available on the Intermediate focused weekends with notice beforehand, required.  More information is available here.

 
 

Coastal Sea Kayak Award - £180, 2 days & ratio of 1:6

 

 

Your personal performance Coastal Sea Kayak Award endorses your judgment, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on the sea.  You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on the sea in winds up to and including force 4 and/or tides up to 2 Knots, in a sea kayak or specific sit on tops in tidal or non-tidal environments. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise we associate with Advanced Sea Kayak Award holders.

 

More information can be found here.

 

 

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 Advanced Sea Kayak Award - £195, 2 days & ratio 1:4 

 

As an Advanced Sea Kayaker, you will have extensive experience of paddling on the sea.

Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of sea conditions with winds over force 4 and/or tides over 2 Knots, using sea kayaks in tidal or non-tidal environments, where you may make open crossings in excess of 2Nm, as well as travelling along the coastline.

 

More information can be found on the BC website and towards the bottom of the page, under Sea Kayaking  here

 

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Leadership Awards

 

Moderate Sea Kayak Leader (4*) Training and Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Award (CNTP).


Moderate Water Sea Kayak leader (4*) training & CNTP, with 4 or 5 day course option, (when available) - £300 or £350.
 
CNTP - 1 day (can only confirm the date a few days before hand) - Cost: £90
 

For those sea kayakers who wish to be trained in the skills necessary to lead other paddlers in a Moderate tidal water environment with sea state 4.  The course will cover surfing, controlled landings, rocky landings, incident management, assisted and self rescues, action centred leadership, positioning, decision making, risk and benefit assessments, performance paddling, top tips and handy hints and address your wants and needs.  

 

Time will also be created to include the creation of a detailed action plan to assist you towards an assessment.  More information is available here.

 

 

 

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Moderate Water (4 Star) Sea Leader Assessment - £210

 

For those sea kayakers who wish to be trained in the skills necessary to lead other paddlers in a Moderate tidal water environment with sea state 4. 

 

The assessment will include personal paddling skills, making decision, risk & benefit assessments, tidal planning & navigation, rescues and management and leadership of a group of 4 paddlers in Moderate conditions.  All of the above will be covered using the fantastic locations that Anglesey, North Wales has to offer.  You will need to send in a copy of your Leadership Registration (LR) form and will receive an open book paper 2 weeks before your assessment.  More information is here

 

 

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Advanced Sea Kayak Leader (5*) Training, Night Navigation and  Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning (OWNTP) Course - 4 days £300 or 5 days £350

 

 

Training may be over over 4 or 5 days (depending on whats available) and include's night navigation, Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning (a 1 day theory course) and more time to explore techniques, polish skills, paddle in varied conditions without cramming it all in.  

 

Successful performance at this level indicates that you have a high level of performance and knowledge, personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. This is a leadership award and the appropriate training for paddlers who wish to lead groups of other paddlers in appropriate locations in advanced tidal waters and dynamic weather conditions typified by the climate of the British Isles.

 

The advanced sea kayak leader (what was known as the 5* sea kayak leader award) has the skills, ablity and judgement to choose appropriate trips for a range of levels. This course is for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races, headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered.  

 

The course will cover surfing, controlled landings, rocky landings, incident management, assisted and self rescues, action centred leadership, positioning, decision making, risk and benefit assessments, performance paddling, top tips and handy hints and address your wants and needs. Time will also be created to include the creation of a detailed action plan to assist you towards an assessment and continued development.  

 

Further information on the specifics of the award and a Leadership Registration (LR) form can be found here.

 

Roger can also offer you Short, Medium or Long Term Sea Kayak Mentoring, so you get more out of your paddling and time on the water with quality support, coaching and guidance.  Follow this link for more information.

 

 

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Advanced (5*) Leader Sea Assessment - Anglesey, North Wales - £210.    

 

 

About 2-3 weeks before the 5 star assessment course an open book theory paper, will be sent to you, so you can research and gather your answers. The assessment will most likely begin on Saturday morning with an open water navigation paper, and  over the two days you will be assessed on your ability and decision making to lead a group in advanced tidal waters and dynamic weather conditions, incident management and your personal skills.  There will be a night navigation paddle on Saturday.  

 

Prior to assessment you ned to have complted a Leadership Registration (LR) form, which is valid for 1 year from application and a registered stamped photocopy needs to be forwarded to me before booking on this assessment. 

 

For details of the syllabus and a leadership Registration (LR) form have a look at the BC guidance notes here

 

 

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Please note if you book on an assessment course and or for example the coastal navigation course or open water navigation an administration fee is required by British Canoeing (BC).

For more in-depth and updated information please refer to the BC website www.bcu.co.uk  or contact us to discuss your requirements.



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