BC Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment 2019-04-19T06:46:55+00:00

British Canoeing Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment

Course summary

SKC only uses experienced British Canoeing assessors. We aim to give you an assessment in realistic conditions allowing you to demonstrate your natural leadership out on the water.

The current syllabus and guidance notes for the BC 5 Star Sea Kayak Leader award are available on the BC website. All candidates for the award should consult these notes, especially those relating to the aims of the award, pre-requisites and assessed skills.



The British Canoeing Advanced Leader award (5 Star) is designed for those who wish to lead a group of paddlers on journeys in an advanced tidal water environment. Successful performance at this level also indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions about the planned route, along with the need to modify plans as required.

Pre assessment

Candidates wishing to be assessed with Sea Kayaking Cornwall must have registered with British Canoeing.  You require the following before registering for your assessment with the governing body.

  • 2 day minimum advanced leader Training
  • Open Water Navigation and Tidal planning (OWNTP)
  • VHF radio license
  • 8 Hour British Canoeing recognised first aid qualification within the last 3 years.
  • Log book of minimum experience required as outlined in the Syllabus

Assessment format


You may use borrowed equipment but it is recommended that you are familiar with this before the assessment. We appreciate some people travel from overseas for assessments and so this is taken into account. It is however important to have the correct equipment to safely lead a group in advanced conditions. SKC has equipment available but for assessments this is limited to a kayak and paddle.


You should turn up to the assessment with detailed forecast for the two days and with tidal information that is relevant. The whole of the West Cornwall peninsula may be used to find the appropriate conditions. It is not expected for you to have all maps and charts but you should have the maps and or charts for the area you intend to lead the group. We have maps and charts of Cornwall available in the shop which you can purchase if required.

Question paper

You may be sent out a home question paper before the assessment that you will need to bring to the assessment.


The first day is normally personal skills orientated and the second is leadership orientated but be prepared for this to change due to conditions and group availability.  We will aim for you to lead real students during the assessment.


Location and times

We meet between 09:00 – 09:30 at Sea Kayaking Cornwall, Dove House, Tregoniggie TR11 4SN. We will sit down in our briefing room at 9:30.
Sea Kayaking Cornwall is located on the edge of Falmouth. Follow signs to Falmouth which will take you passed ASDA. Continue on until the next roundabout with cannons on. Take the second exit towards Budock Water. Continue straight across the next roundabout.   After about 200m turn left into Tregoniggie ind estate. We are down the hill on the left.

What to bring

  • All of the equipment suitable for your assessment.
  • LR Form stamped by the BC
  • Copy of your first aid certificate
  • Log book showing your experience of leadership.
  • BC number
  • Planning for the 2 days
  • Home question paper
  • We are looking forward to seeing you out 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.