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Gordon Brown and Ocean River Sport’s Sea Kayak Centre of Excellence are delighted to be able to offer a complete range of British Canoeing (BC) courses. This includes, personal performance awards, leadership training and assessment and coach training and assessment.

At the start of 2019, BC updated their suite of awards. What were known as the ‘Star’ tests no longer exist. The names of the leadership and coaching awards have also changed.

BC Personal Performance Awards.

Although these awards are not prerequisites to other awards, they provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to achieve coaching and leadership qualifications. By gaining these awards ahead of the relevant qualification, you will be able to focus on course content rather than being concerned with personal skills.

Sea Kayak Award (1 Day) [3* standard]

The Sea Kayak Award focuses on paddling and decision making skills for a safe and enjoyable day out on the sea in winds up to force 3 and tides up to 1 knot. Effective paddling skills, and developing an understanding of the environment are also a part of this course.
Price: $195 – 1 day

June 20, 2020

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Coastal Sea Kayak Award (2 Days) [4* standard]

The Coastal Sea Kayak Award helps develop the ability to apply paddling and decision making skills to a safe day out on the sea in winds up to force 4 and tides up to 2 knots. Developing efficiency, using blended skills as well as safety and rescue skills are all covered.
Price: $380 – 2 days

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Advanced Sea Kayak Award (2 Days) [5* standard]

The Advanced Sea Kayak Award focuses on paddling on the sea in winds above force 4 and tidal streams above 2 knots. Developing a comprehensive understanding of the surroundings and creating a consistent, blended use of skills to allow control in advanced conditions.
Price: $380 – 2 days

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BC Leader Awards

To help those who know or have taken the star awards in the past, the sea kayak leader replaces four star leader and the advanced sea kayak leader replaces five star.

BC Sea Kayak Leader Training course (including Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course) (3 Days).   

Students will leave this course with an action plan focused on development towards success at Sea Leader Assessment. The award is suitable for leaders who would like to take groups into moderate tidal waters in winds of up to force 4. The CNTP course, is an inside theoretical day. The other two days will be spent on the water and will cover all aspects of the Sea Kayak Leader Syllabus. This includes; personal skills, leadership, navigation, rescues and incident management.
(pre-requisites – 3 star standard, Sea Kayak Award standard)
General information https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/sea-kayak-leader
Syllabus https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/118/
Price: $525 – 3 days

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BC Sea Kayak Leader Assessment (2 Days)

Successful candidates will have the skills to be able to lead groups in moderate conditions. The two-day assessment includes leading and navigating during the day and will involve real students.
(pre-requisites – CNTP, First Aid, Sea Kayak Leader Training)
Price: $380 – 2 days

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BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training course (including Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning course) (3.5 Days)

Students will leave this course with an action plan focused on development towards success at Advanced Sea Leader Assessment.
The award is suitable for leaders who would like to take groups into advanced tidal waters. The OWNTP course, is an inside theoretical day. The other two days will be spent on the water and will cover all aspects of the Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Syllabus. This includes; personal skills, leadership, trip planning,navigation, rescues and incident management.
(pre-requisites – Sea Kayak Leader Award)
Info https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/advanced-sea-kayak-leader
Syllabus https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/135/
Price: $630 – 3.5 days

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BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment (2.5 Days)

Successful candidates will have the skills to be able to lead groups in advanced conditions. The two-day assessment includes leading and navigating at night as well as during the day. Real students are provided.
(pre-requisites – OWNTP, First Aid, Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Training)
Price: $450 – 2.5 days

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BC Core Coach Training (2 Days)

The Core Coach Training will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course.
General Info https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/courses/coach-award
Programme https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/70/
Price: $380 – 2 days

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BC Sea Kayak Coach Training (2 Days)

The Discipline Specific Training Course will focus on the How of coaching as it relates to coaching in sea kayaks on the sea. This will help to develop planning skills as well as being able to deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions. Additionally, another focus will be on the What of coaching. This training is for paddlers who are looking to coach paddlers in moderate sea conditions.
(pre-requisites – Completed BC Core Coach Training and Sea Leader Assessment)
Programme https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/79/
Price: $380 – 2 days 

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BC Sea Kayak Coach Assessment (1 Day)

At assessment, candidates will be required to complete the following assessment tasks; Assessment Discussion Task, Practical Coaching, Rescue Skills, Personal Skills, Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience. For more information about the Coach Award Assessment please read https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/64/
Price: $195 – 1 day

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BC Advanced Sea Kayak Coach Training (2 Days)

The Discipline Specific Training Course will focus on the How of coaching as it relates to coaching in sea kayaks, in advanced conditions, on the sea. This will help to develop planning skills as well as being able to deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions. Additionally, another focus will be on the What of coaching. This training is for paddlers who are looking to coach paddlers in advanced sea conditions.
(pre-requisites – Completed BC Core Coach Training and Advanced Sea Leader Assessment)
Programme https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/80/
Price: $380 – 2 days 

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BC Advanced Sea Kayak Coach Assessment (1 Day)

At assessment, candidates will be required to complete the following assessment tasks; Assessment Discussion Task, Practical Coaching, Rescue Skills, Personal Skills, Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience. For more information about the Coach Award Assessment please read https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/64/
Price: $195 – 1 day

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BC Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning (1 Day)

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots and is a prerequisite for those seeking their British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Award. However, anyone wishing to undertake journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment! This course is designed to complement the areas covered in the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader Training.
CNTP Syllabus https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/174/
Price: $195 – 1 day

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BC Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning (1 Day)

This course is designed for those paddlers carrying out challenging sea journeys including open crossings in areas of strong complex tidal movement (in excess of 3knots) and is a prerequisite for those seeking their British Canoeing Advanced Sea Leader Award. However, anyone wishing to undertake challenging journeys on the sea using a kayak would find the technical and theoretical aspects not only useful, but essential for safe travel in the marine environment! The course is designed to complement the areas covered in the British Canoeing Advanced Sea Leader Training.
OWNTP Syllabus https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/176/
Price: $195 – 1 day

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British Canoeing Environmental Definitions (Sea Kayak)

Sheltered Water – Areas of open water where the paddlers are no more than 200 metres offshore and the wind strength does not exceed Beaufort force 3, avoiding the group being swept/blown out of the safe working area. Slow moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots). Small enclosed bays, enclosed harbours where there is minimal possibility of being blown offshore, defined beaches with easy places to land throughout, no tide races, overfalls or surf.

Moderate Water – A stretch of coastline with some areas where it is not easy to land but there will always be straightforward land points a maximum of two nautical miles apart. Crossings not exceeding two nautical miles. Up to 2 Knots of tide (but not involving tide race or overfalls). Wind strengths do not exceed Beaufort force 4. Launching and landing through surf (up to 1 metre, trough to crest height).

Advanced Water – Any journey on the sea where tidal races, overfalls or open crossings may be encountered and which cannot be avoided; sections of coastline where landings may not be possible or are difficult; sea state 4 and winds above Beaufort force 4; launching and landing through surf (up to 1.5 metres trough to crest height).

Read full environmental definitions document here

https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/331/

British Canoeing Course Fees (2019)

https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/download/459/

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