SEA KAYAK Training School

Sea kayak Courses

If you really want to enjoy it sea kayaking you need to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge and experience.

It is also essential for the safety and enjoyment of anyone that you are paddling with, that you know how to control your kayak!

So the Level 1 Sea Kayak Competency Certificate  course is an essential first step in your sea kayak journey.

Sea kayaking is a very complex activity

Why do you need to do a training course?


Kayaking in the sea is fun the first time you do it, usually on a sit-on-top kayak at a protected beach or bay . But if you want to explore the coastal environment safely you will need to use a more advanced sea kayak, and then you will have to know more than how to sit on top of a kayak.

Sea kayaks are especially designed to take you on such journeys and are amazing craft. Able to take you into the most remote and wild places on any coastline. A person has actually paddled a kayak from Germany to Australia – solo with no support.

But the ocean can be treacherous. The weather deadly. Combine the 2 when you are in a sea kayak and you need to know how to manage it, yourself and the environment. Taking a training course ensures your enjoyment & safety.



Training gives you the fundamentals on which to build your sea kayaking skills


Sea Miles

No matter how much training you have, you need experience to know what the training means



Understanding the mysteries of the atmosphere and the oceans would take a lifetime of experience. Our online courses provide a shortcut to ancient wisdom.



Once training, theory and experience merge competence results. Mastery is the final goal.



A never ending moving goal post. The ultimate challenge.

Level 1 Sea Kayak Competency Certificate

5 DAYS - split into 4 modules

The course runs over five days and takes place on sheltered waters. Participants will learn the skills needed to maneuver their sea kayak forwards, backwards and sideways. They will then learn how to turn their sea kayak using a variety of methods, as well how to maintain directional control using their paddle effectively to steer and track.

Once these skills have been developed, recovery strokes will be introduced along with capsize drills and effective rescue techniques. 

Knowledge about the sea kayaking environment is also required. This knowledge is gained through completing online courses specifically developed to provide answers to your sea kayak control needs. 

Individually, the courses will receive a Certificate of Participation however, once combined with 3 days of sea kayak journeys, the student will have aquired basic sea kayaking skills and after assessment, will be presented with a Certificate of Competency.

Amazing Experience

Learning to sea kayak is an amazing experience, especially meeting new friends.

Future Courses

From beginner to advanced. From kayak control to learning how to surf a kayak. We do it all.

Experiential learning.


Our courses are designed with progression, combining practical experience to develop skills and online courses to develop knowledge.

Start as an absolute novice and you will gain the basic kayak control skills quickly by doing the 1st module. – the Kayak Control Course.

We then recommend that you go for at least 1 sea kayak journey as soon as possible to put your training into practical application and reinforce the skills learned. 

It is then optional which way you complete the remaining journeys and the Basic Rescue Training course. There is no fixed or recommended order. 


Theoretical learning.

Sea kayaking is more than just paddling on the ocean.

The online courses are supplemental to the practical experiential lessons. 

These courses are divided into 8 categories, each can be completed at your own speed, but are progressive in design, so will need to be completed in sequence:
1. Weather (meteorology)
2. Seamanship (skills and knowledge required to keep a kayak safe at sea)
3. Planning (going there and back again – route planning and the Sea Kayakers Log Book)
4. Equipment (what to use, when and how).
5. Skills (from tying knots to camp craft to correct paddle techniques and kayak design)
6. Safety (what to do to stay alive including survival at sea)
7. Environment (and nature)
8. Misc (all things that don’t fit in the other categories).

You will receive login details once you have enrolled for your course.

module 1 - no pre-requisites


This course covers the essential techniques to make effective and efficient paddle strokes to control the sea kayak. The fundamental building blocks of sea kayaking.

module 2 - PRE-REQUISITE​ - MODULE 1


This day covers the basic but essential self rescue skills, knowledge and experience. The course covers self and group rescue and recovery techniques.

module 3 - PRE-REQUISITE​ - MODULE 1


Training can only teach so much, then it is necessary to take what you have learned and put it into practice, demonstrating using correct technique and judgement.

online theory - integrated into each module


Each practical module of the course will include a theoretical component. This will be completed online prior to the completion of the module. The final certificate will be issued after completing all modules & the entire online syllabus.