Courses, Expeditions & Availability

I  regularly update our program and list of courses for the forthcoming season.

Check regularly for updates and my availability. However we are more than happy to tailor a course for your specific requirements. Please do feel free to contact us for a no-obligation chat about how we could put together the perfect trip or course for you!

How about a week of Winter sun with paddling in Lanzarote in February/March? This is not a beginners trip so you’ll need to be about Sea Kayak Award (3*) standard but NO ROLL required! Because Lanzarote can get quite windy, we include only 4 days out of 6 for kayaking. Other days will be subject to weather and additional kayak hire cost. Other sightseeing activities can be done instead (or chill by the pool or theory session or…).
Dates: 27 February – 5 March (3 places remaining)
Accommodation: Shared same gender twin room in our own Villa in a quiet position in Playa Blanca with private pool and sun terraces with sun loungers
Includes: 7 nights accommodation as above, 4 days kayaking with full kit, lunch and guide(s) (and my chef skills for some evenings!)
Price: £700
Single occupancy may be possible depending on numbers and subject to a £35 supplement. Ask if you would like this.
Non-paddling partners may be possible, again subject to numbers, at a reduced price. Again, ask if you would like us to consider this.
Only 3 places remaining and flights are fairly cheap at the moment so don’t delay! Remember, snooze and you lose!


Smash n Bash and Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Courses

Places are limited to 12 for CN&TP and 16 for Smash n Bash, with some places already taken! CN&TP courses are £75 per day which includes a Howard Jeffs SKANA. Smash n Bash courses are £65 unless otherwise stated.
I am pleased and proud to report that the Smash n Bash course now qualifies for 18 BC CPD credits.

Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre, Shieldaig Lodge Hotel, Badacho, Gairloch. Contact Cory Jones ( for more information and a booking form.

29th March 2020
Smash n Bash Kayak Repair Workshop
30th March 2020
Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning

2020 Spring Courses

Specialist Skills Courses

18th/19th April 2020, Pembroke
Introduction to Surf for Sea Kayakers
25th/26th April 2020, Anglesey
Introduction to Dynamic Water for Sea Kayakers

Sea Kayak Development courses

Following the success of the Spring 2019 courses based in Pembroke, we are again offering this 9-day, comprehensive and intensive Sea Kayak Development Program in Spring 2020. The courses will be based in Pembroke for the whole period and one night of the Sea Kayak Leader Training week will be spent “under canvas” (if participants want to undertake the BC Guide Module). The costs stated cover the coaching fee only & do not include any BC, LNT, ISKGA admin/certificate/provider fees or food, accommodation, transport or equipment hire. Places are limited to 6 participants only (apart from the CN&TP), so book early to avoid disappointment!

A 2-day Sea Kayak Leader Training and 2-day Sea Kayak Leader Assessment course will also run in Gairloch from Tuesday 31st March to Friday 3rd April 2020. Contact Cory Jones ( for details and booking form for the Gairloch courses.

BC Sea Kayak Award Training and Assessment (3*) – 18th and 19th April
This course is aimed at up and coming Sea Kayak Award paddlers looking to improve their sea paddling skills on moderate water and take the assessment. Over the weekend we will cover the Sea Kayak Award and Assessment.
Cost: £180 (coaching fee only)
Max. coach to participant ratio: 1:6

BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning – 20th April
This one-day course covers the ‘Relevant Safety Training’ pre-requirement of the BC “Sea Kayak Leader” award and is a ‘must have’ for anyone embarking on self-led coastal sea trips
BC Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning
Cost: £75 (incl.SKANA)

BC Sea Kayak Leader Training, Coastal Sea Kayak Award and ISKGA training – 21st to 24th April
This intensive course is aimed at Sea Kayak Award Level (3*) paddlers looking to extend their paddling skills into more challenging conditions, or lead trips within a club or ‘mates’ paddle environment, or contemplating working in the industry.
During the week, we will be working on Dynamic Water, Coastal and Tidal Navigation, BC Guide Modules, Leave No Trace, Surf Training and ISKGA Incident Management.
Even if a candidate is unsuccessful in the Sea Kayak Leader Training, they may still qualify for the Coastal Sea Kayak Award.
Participants may be able to stay on for the following weekend (25th and 26th April) at no additional coaching charge if they wish to be ‘guinea pigs’ for those taking the Sea Kayak Leader Assessment.
BC “Sea Kayak Leader Training” (formally 4 Star Leadership Training)
BC “Coastal Sea Kayak Award” (formally 4 Star Personal Skills)
BC Guide Modules
Camp Craft & Expedition Skills
Trip Planning & Organisation
International Sea Kayak Guides Association “Fundamentals Level 3”
Leave No Trace
Cost: £300 for the four days. £355 for five days including CN&TP (no SKANA)
Max. coach to participant ratio: 1:6
Book Sea Kayak Award, CN&TP and Sea Kayak Leader courses for £500 (Cost covers Coaching fee only)

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment and Coastal Sea Kayak Award – 25th and 26th April
This weekend will cover the requirements of the BC Sea Kayak Leader Assessment and Coastal Sea Kayak Award. Please check you have the prerequisites before booking the assessment.
Even if a candidate is unsuccessful in the Sea Kayak Leader Assessment, they may still qualify for the Coastal Sea Kayak Award.
Sea Kayak Leader Syllabus
Cost:    £185 (assessment fee only)
Max. coach to participant ratio: 1:4

January 2020

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • AALS Update, Bamford, nr Hope. 14.00
  • Wiltshire inspection BCU
  • BC Training day