Advanced guide training 2017-07-07T12:27:12+00:00

Advanced guide training

Course summary

Sea Kayaking Cornwall in partnership with Adventure Elements, Anglesey 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 intermediate to advanced paddlers 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.  If you wish to complete the BCU 5* qualification this can be incorporated into the course and an assessment for 5* can be run on the weekend following the guide training assessment.  You will cover the 5* training and OWNTP sylabus but you will need to have your BCU 4* before you start the course if you wish to complete the BCU 5* during the six weeks

We will base the course out of Falmouth, Cornwall  for 3 weeks and then Anglesey North Wales for the final 3 weeks – using a variety of locations in each area to develop your guiding skills. While in Cornwall we will make use of the surf environment and in North Wales the stronger tides will be the major factor.

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 Simon 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 madagascar, Scandinavia, Korea, 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
  • 3 weeks in North Wales
Sea Kayaking Cornwall in partnership with Adventure Elements, Anglesey have developed the six week advanced guide-training programme in accordance with the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) framework of modules. The course is aimed at intermediate to advanced paddlers wishing 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 for the first 3 weeks utilising the ideal surf and rocky shoreline environments and then move to Anglesey, North Wales for the final 3 weeks, where the dynamic tidal races and over-falls shall become the dominant feature. By using a variety of locations in each area we can ensure that you develop your guiding skills to the maximum.

Why choose to train with SKC?

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. Both Jeff and Simon 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 Madagascar, Scandinavia, Korea, 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…….

Why Adventure Elements? James Stevenson is a BCU Level 5 Coach and runs a successful sea kayaking business in North Wales – Adventure Elements. He has incredible knowledge of the complex tidal waters of North Wales and has been coaching advanced skills and navigation for over a decade around Anglesey, which is regarded by many as being the Mecca of sea kayaking destinations. James also runs expeditions around the globe and can be found at various events throughout the year coaching and giving presentations.

Course duration: 6 Weeks

 Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Week 6
MonSkillsplanningFirst AidTidal PaddlingTidal paddlingSkills recap
TueSkillsIMFirst 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:

We have bunkhouse accommodation, which is a self-catering mixed dormitory for up to four candidates. 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. For the North Wales part of the course we will be based out of a rented self-catering house or apartment, within a stones throw of the sea. Wild camping shall also be experienced on regular occasions throughout the course.

Location and times:

Students shall arrive on the evening prior to the course commencing, which will be at 0930 at: SKC Headquarters Dove House, Tregoniggie Industrial Estate, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4SN

Directions:

Sea Kayaking Cornwall is located on the outskirts of Falmouth Follow signs towards Falmouth on the A39, this will take you past the ASDA super store, continue on until the next roundabout with the replica cannons on display, take the second exit towards Buddock Water. Continue straight across the next double roundabout and after about 200m turn left into Tregoniggie Industrial Estate, after approximately a further 200 metres you will see us on the left hand side of the road.

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

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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.