Advanced guide training 2019-04-18T15:54:53+00:00

Advanced guide training

Course summary

Sea Kayaking Cornwall in partnership with Expedition Paddler have put together a 6 week advanced guide-training programme using the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) framework of modules.  The course is aimed at advanced paddlers who already hold their British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak personal skills and leadership award and are wishing to work within the industry, leading groups in advanced water’s, challenging conditions and remote environments.  Upon successful completion of the course you will have the experience and qualifications to run safe, enjoyable and informative trips in a whole variety of conditions. 

The course is based out of Falmouth, Cornwall and we utilise the whole of the south west peninsula for the training – using a variety of locations in each area to develop your guiding skills,making use of the surf environment on the north coast and the stronger tides of the Lizard and Lands End will be the major factor during the training.

Apart from gaining from the experience and qualifications the course offers, you shall also be learning from two of the most experienced expedition sea kayakers in Britain, drawing upon more than thirty years of combined expedition experience and many thousands of expedition sea miles.

Jeff, Shaun and Geoff and have participated and led expeditions at many international locations; this includes circumnavigations of Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and South Georgia as well as major expeditions to Scandinavia, Alaska and a whole host of other locations in and around the Mediterranean and Europe.

Many thousands of miles have been completed by the staff of SKC and from these experiences you will learn an array of skills to help you along your chosen path.

The course fee includes personal equipment hire (Kayak, Paddle, Deck, Buoyancy aid, Wetsuit, Cag but will not include personal leadership equipment such as repair kits, first aid kits etc unless this has been arranged prior to attending the course), instruction and transport during the course.

  • Skills and Leadership training
  • Navigation and planning
  • First Aid
  • Bushcraft and Survival skills
  • Expedition skills
  • Advanced incident management
  • Sea Survival
  • Wild food foraging
  • Rough Water handling
  • Surf skills and rescue training
  • Tide skills and rescue training

Sea Kayaking Cornwall in partnership with Expedition Paddler have developed this six week advanced guide-training programme in accordance with the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) framework of modules. The course is aimed at advanced paddlers who already hold the British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak personal skills and leadership award and wish to work within the industry, leading groups in advanced waters, challenging conditions and remote environments.

Upon successful completion of the course you will have the experience and qualifications to run safe, enjoyable and informative trips in a variety of conditions and environments.

Where?

The course will be based out of Falmouth, Cornwall, utilising the ideal surf and rocky shoreline environments as well as the dynamic tidal races and over-falls which shall become a dominant feature in the training. By using a variety of locations in each area we can ensure that you develop your guiding skills to the maximum.

Why choose to become an ISKGA Guide?

Apart from gaining from the experience and qualifications this course offers, you shall also be learning from two of the most experienced expedition sea kayakers in Britain, drawing upon more than thirty years of combined expedition experience and many thousands of expedition sea miles. Jeff, Shaun and Geoff have participated and led expeditions at many international locations; this includes circumnavigations of Great Britain, Ireland, Japan and South Georgia as well as major expeditions to Scandinavia, Alaska and a whole host of other locations in and around North America, the Mediterranean and Europe. Many thousands of miles have been completed by the staff of SKC and from these experiences you will learn an array of skills to help you along your chosen path…….

Course duration: 6 Weeks

 Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
MonBC Assess

if req'd

planningFirst AidTidal PaddlingTidal paddlingSkills recap
TueBC Assess

if req'd

IMFirst AidRescues in tideXped skillsSkills recap
WedRescuesIMFirst AidAdvanced PlanXped skillsAss Prep
ThuSurfSea SurvivalFirst AidSkills + LeaderTidal PaddlingAssessment
FriLeadershipCoach theoryFirst AidCrossingsCrossingsAssessment
SatLeader practiceCoach PracticeSurfFree to paddleLeadershipDepart
SunFree to assistFree to assistDrive to North WalesFree to assistFree to assistRecover!

(Content and timings may vary slightly due to the skill level of candidates on the programme, taking advantage of prevailing weather conditions and possibly due to other unforeseen occurrences)

ISKGA Modules Covered

  • Advanced Skills
  • Advanced Leadership
  • Incident Management
  • Sea Survival
  • Expedition Skills
  • Guide Administration
  • First Aid (5 days)
  • Advanced Planning

Costs:

The course fee includes personal equipment hire (Kayak, Paddle, Deck, Buoyancy aid, Wetsuit, Cag but will not include personal leadership equipment such as repair kits, first aid kits etc unless this has been arranged prior to attending the course), instruction and transport during the course. We are offering an accommodation option for a fee of £600 for the 6 weeks duration.

Accommodation:

Tregedna Farm, has a mixture of camping and self-catering mixed dormitory accommodation. Some of the course will be conducted out in the field, but the majority will be based out of the same building as the accommodation. 

Location and times

We meet between 09:00 – 09:30 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall Expedition Centre on Tregedna Farm to brief, plan and pack for the day. We aim to finish most days at around 1630hrs however location chosen for the day may alter these times.

Tregedna Farm Campsite and Lodge
Maenporth
Falmouth
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:

Any Paddling equipment you have which you feel will be suitable for the course Camping equipment (Tent, cooker, sleeping bag/mat, dry bags etc) Association Logbook (BCU, ACA, EPP, Salswasser-Union etc.) Supporting Qualifications & certificates (Kayaking, First aid etc.) Warm clothing Personal washing kit and towel Flask Camera

‘We are looking forward to seeing you on the water’

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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.