Advanced Sea Kayaking Course

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Course summary

If you have the experience but want to get to the best places and push your limits then we can help you. Every course at Sea Kayaking Cornwall is tailored to suit the needs and desires of the participants and so the course can cover a variety of topics to include:- Rescues, Personal skills, Leadership, Planning, Navigation, Surfing, Rockhopping, Tidal paddling and Journeys.  The team that run the SKC courses are top class coaches and are highly experienced kayakers.  We keep our ratios low so you get the most out of the course.  The Advanced I is a course to develop your leadership skills in an intermediate environment.  We will give you rescues and equip you with the skills to cope with a variety of situations out at sea.  To lead in an intermediate environment you need to be confident in your paddling skills in that environment.  To help you achieve this we will try to develop your personal skills in a more advanced environment using Cornwall's amazing surf and rocky coastline.  This really will be an incredible learning experience.

Experience needed

You should be at or above the BC UKCC 3* level. Therefore you should be an asset to the group in up to force 4 winds and 3 Knots of tide. The course is designed to train you up to the BC UKCC 4* level.  We could cover up to 15-20 miles in a day depending on conditions and ability of the group.

Course content


We have consistent surf with beaches that face a variety of directions allowing us to find the right surf for the session.  We can use it to help develop skills or to practice rescues and leadership.


We can help you develop your rescues skills to give you the tools for your paddling toolbox to enable you to deal with a variety of scenarios.


We will make use of the rocky exposed coasts of Cornwall to develop leadership techniques in a variety of conditions.

Personal skills

During the course we will be able to work on any aspect of your personal paddling skills to help build your confidence in conditions.


Each morning we will look at the forecast together to decide where the best location for the day will be.  Using our classroom we can practice planning trips in tide and putting together day planning sheets for leading groups.


We will have the opportunity to explore large sections of the coast with around 15-20 miles being covered in a day. Cornwall has some spectacular scenery including dramatic headlands, caves, arches and beautiful beaches.

Location and times

We meet between 09:00 – 09:30 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall Expedition Centre to brief, plan and pack for the day. We aim to finish around 4:30pm however location chosen for the day may alter these times.

Tregedna Farm Campsite and Lodge
Cornwall TR11 5HL

Directions By Car

From Truro take the A39 signposted to Falmouth. At Treluswell double roundabout, continue straight on following signs to Falmouth. At the Asda roundabout go straight across on to the dual carriageway and continue to the next roundabout with the black anchor (Hillhead) where you turn right. Go straight across the next three mini roundabouts and continue on this road for about 2 miles - this is the Maenporth beach road and you will find Tregedna Farm on the right hand side.

What to bring

Camera to capture the action off the water.
A towel!
A flask of hot drink.
Packed lunch
Your personal paddling equipment
We are looking forward to seeing you out on the water.

What it includes

The course fee includes equipment if required. The equipment we can supply are wetsuits, thermal tops, water proof kayaking jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. We use quality equipment maintained to a high standard to ensure you are comfortable and safe out on the water.  The fee also includes transport during the course if required. We also have hot showers and a drying room for you to use.  Our base has navigation equipment and a multimedia classroom to utilise for briefings and classes.  During your course our kitchen has an endless supply of fresh coffee and tea to get you started each morning.  We also have secure kayak storage if required during your time with us.