sea kayak leader training and assessment courses in Pembrokeshire, a sea kayakers paradise

British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award

If you are looking to progress your sea kayaking leadership skills, come join us at Preseli Venture, for a training course in a supportive environment.

Our friendly, expert coaches are eager to impart their wealth of sea kayaking experience and knowledge to guide you to the next level in your sea kayaking career. With the world renowned 220 mile Pembrokeshire coastline on our doorstep, there are a plethora of suitable sea kayaking locations to help challenge and improve your sea kayaking leader proficiency and skills.

What is the British Canoeing sea kayak leader award?

This award provides training for leaders and guides and is specific to the craft and water environment in which they operate. The course aims to provide the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short, single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment.

Preseli Venture deliver the two day BC sea kayak leader award training in personal skills, leadership and safety and rescue; followed by a separate two day assessment. The prerequisite, one day Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning, course is also available.
Your award programme will be delivered by our fully qualified kayak coaches, who live and breath sea kayaking. There is the option to stay cosy in our comfortable 5 star graded eco lodge accommodation. All your food for the event can be provided, meals are home cooked and delicious and vegetarians and special diets are happily catered for.

We are a professional eco-adventure centre, with BC accreditation, a fantastic purpose built equipment stores and changing facilities here on site, together with minibus transport to take you from the eco lodge to the nearby sea kayaking venues on the coast.

British Canoeing sea kayak leader award

Undertaken in a modern sea kayak, this discipline specific test is designed to indicate that the candidate has the skill level to safely paddle and lead other competent paddlers on sections of moderate water. A sea kayak leader will have the all-round paddling ability, safety, rescue and basic leadership required to undertake trips on sheltered to moderate water with a group of paddlers who have the basic paddling skills required, but not necessarily the experience, to operate in a self-sufficient manner. The syllabus can be found on the BC website.

British Canoeing sea kayak leader training

What are the training course pre-requisites?

British Canoeing sea kayak leader assessment

  • two day course

What are the assessment course pre-requisites?

  • Home Nation BC sea kayak leader registration (LR)
  • Valid (within three years) BC recognised two day first aid award
  • Valid (within three years) BC sea kayak leader training
  • Previous experience: provide documented evidence of 24 sea trips (minimum four hours duration). During at least five of these trips the candidate must assume an assistant leader role. The extensive range of sea kayak journeys should include a variety of coastlines, sea states, sea areas, periods of limited visibility and darkness, tidal waters up to 3 knots, wind up to and including Beaufort Force 5, crossings not exceeding 2 nautical miles and camping from a kayak
  • Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

Dates 2018

BC coastal navigation and tidal planning 

20th April

BC sea kayak leader training

21st – 22nd April

BC sea kayak leader assessment

9th – 10th July

More 2018 dates can be scheduled. In the meantime, please do contact us for more information.

If you are unable to do the above dates please do get in touch as we may be able to run alternative dates.

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Reviewed 20 August 2015 ★★★★★

As a keen kayaker the staff, boats and set-up was great. Really had good days paddling plus learnt something from all the instructors/guides who helped me with my technique. For the price, would really recommend it and the coastline is amazing.

John A / United Kingdom

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Frequently asked questions

Is any equipment provided?

You must provide all of your own kit, but sea kayaks can be hired from Preseli Venture at a rate of £15 per day. Just contact us to make your hire booking.

Can I come with a group?

We welcome individuals and groups of paddling friends who would like to get some qualifications under their belt. The qualifications are suitable for clubs and outdoor centre staff who need to gain higher level leadership awards.

Is accommodation included in the price?

If you’re taking a BC 4 star award and need accommodation, we can offer you a stay at our eco lodge serving delicious home-cooked meals, so do contact us for more information, availability and prices.

Is there a time limit between taking the training and assessment?

BC 4 star training is valid for 3 years. During this time and upon completion of the assessment prerequisites, candidates can put themselves forward for assessment.

Is this for adults only?

BC 4 star award candidates are required to be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Candidates under the age of 18 can take the award, but cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until they turn 18. We can organise the BC paddlepower programme, a youth centred series on request. We also offer family sea kayaking holidays during school holidays.


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Preseli Venture, Parc-y-nole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN, WALES, Call us on 01348 837709 Office opening hours: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm


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