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This Moderate water sea kayak leader training course, (formerly the BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leaders Award Training) will cover the personal skills, leadership, improvised rescue and navigation skills, plus the CNTP as a theory-based course.  The aim of the CNTP course is to provide paddlers with the tools so as to be able to plan and navigate effectively on coastal journeys in moderate sea conditions, up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to 2 knots.  During the course, there will be lots of opportunities to plan and paddle various tidal journeys.

The course over five days, aims to exceed the training requirements for this award and goes into more depth, allowing more time for reflection, discussion and being out on the sea, in various conditions.

Training is valid for 3 years, during this time, and upon completion of the assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment.

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment information and dates can be found here. 


Pre-Requisites: British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak standard is the appropriate level of performance for paddlers to begin working towards the British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leader


Plas Menai will provide all necessary personal protective clothing including wetsuits, waterproofs, buoyancy aids and helmets.

Please bring with you;

  • Swimming togs & towel
  • Footwear for on the water
  • Sock that cover your ankles
  • 50p for locker



Plas Menai fully supports the government guidelines on the current Covid-19 situation. Following Government advice, we have everything in place to operate safely and follow these guidelines.

  • Pre book your adventure online. Booking in advance is essential. We cannot accommodate walk in bookings.
  • A booking confirmation will be sent out to your email address including all information you will need before arriving at the centre.
  • Waivers are online only; a link will be included in your email confirmation for you to complete on your own computer or phone. If we do not receive a completed waiver from you and additional participants, we cannot take you on your activity.
  • Arrive 10 mins before your adventure start time and wait in your vehicle where your instructor will meet you.
  • If you have your own wetsuits it is preferable to bring them, if not, our instructors will allocate your wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet that will have all been cleaned within manufacturer guidelines.

During this time, we have had to adapt areas of our service to ensure staff and customers are kept safe. Find out how we are reopening safely here.


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Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-1700

Minimum Standard: See Pre-requisites

Minimum Age: 16 yrs. 

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