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British Canoeing sea kayak training course

BC 4 star

Our British Canoeing 4 star sea kayak training course is based in Milia beach village to the north of Skopelos island, Greece.

Skopelos offers a great environment for 4 star sea training with a wide variety of coastline, and small islands just off the coast. There is generally a current of between 1 – 2 knots which flows around parts of the island, this increases with changes in the weather, allowing us to test our navigation skills.

4 star training

Course information

The British Canoeing 4 star sea kayak course is split into two parts, training and assessment.
A BC 4 star sea kayak leader can lead groups in a moderate tidal water environments.

To attend this course you need to be at 3 star sea kayak standard and hold the Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning module (CTNP). We offer the CTNP as part of our 4 star training course.

Click the links below for the course details.

BC 4 star sea kayak leader training course

The 4* sea training is run over 2 days.

If you require the CNTP module this course will take place the day before the training starts and the BC Aquatic 16 hour first aid course is a pre requisite of the 4* sea assessment, it is not required for the training.

If you only want to attend certain elements that is no problem.

The idea is that it becomes part of your holiday and gives time to coach the skills required at this level. We can then go and put these skills into action in a wide variety of environments around the island.

We also aim to include a night navigation exercise. These are not strictly part of the 4 star training but its great fun and a very good test of group control and navigation skills.

Please get in touch with us to discuss your requirements.

Subjects covered in this course are;

  • Personal paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Safety, leadership and group skills
  • Theory

BC 4 star sea kayak leader assessment

Following your 4 star training there is a consolidation period for you to prepare for your assessment.

We ran our recent assessments in Anglesey, North Wales. This gave candidates the opportunity to experience two very different environments.

On offer at this time will also be the 2 day first aid which is a prerequisite of the 4 star assessment.

Discounts will be available for those of you who wish to book both your training and assessment with us.

For more details about this just drop us a line!

4 star sea training

2021 BC 4 star training course content

The information below is to be used as a guide, the itinerary may change depending on weather conditions and individual needs.

We are running this 4 star sea kayak training over 5 day to allow us the cover in detail the 4 star syllabus and the coastal navigation and tidal planning course.

The extra days will hopefully bring a wide range of weather conditions and it allows us to use different locations and will give time for individual coaching.

We are planning to carry out a night navigation exercise, this is not a requirement at 4 star but it is a good test of navigation skills and is a lot of fun.

4 star sea kayak

Day 1

  • Course introduction
  • Navigation theory
  • Lunch
  • Navigation practical exercises and general boat handling

Day 2

  • Weather and tides theory
  • Lunch
  • Practical leadership on the water

Day 3

  • Trip planning
  • Lunch
  • Dealing with problems
  • Night navigation

Day 4

  • Personal skills
  • Lunch
  • Group management
  • Rescues

Day 5

  • Journeying
  • Lunch
  • Landing and launching
  • Course review and debrief
  • BCU 4 star sea leader training
  • 2021
  • No availability
  • 250€

What’s included

  • Sea kayaks from P&H, Seabird designs and Tahe marine.
  • Paddles from Mitchell blades, Werner and Celtic.
  • Buoyancy aid, neoprene spray deck, towlines, navigation equipment and helmet (if required).
  • Lunch is buffet style prepared fresh each day, we try to use local produce as far as possible including fresh fruit, vegetables, bread. We can also cater for special dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free.
  • Drinking water.
  • Mask and Snorkel.
  • We also bring a waterproof camera to capture the action! We then send the photos to you by email at a later date.


  • All kayak equipment.
  • Buffet style lunch each day.
  • Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course.
  • Navigation equipment.
  • First aid, communication and safety equipment is carried by your coach.
  • British Canoeing 4* sea kayak leader training 250 euro per person
  • British Canoeing coastal navigation and tidal planning course 100 euro per person

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