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Courses

COURSES

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.`` - Edward Abbey

We offer a wide selection of British Canoeing and ISKGA sea kayaking courses for all levels of sea kayaker from introducing you to the sport all the way through to the highest levels in both personal skill and leadership.

The ISKGA modular system also helps you to work your way towards becoming a commercial/professional sea kayak guide and is a thorough and comprehensive system for anyone wishing to enter into the world of Expedition sea kayaking.

Expedition Paddler can also help to create your own bespoke itinerary and offers one to one coaching and guiding.

 

Doing a course with Expedition Paddler will introduce you to an amazing coastline with a variety of options depending on the forecast.  Jeff Allen, your coach and guide is incredibly experienced and he is eager to help you to develop any aspect of your paddling.

 

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Expedition Skills

This course is aimed at any level of sea kayaker who is keen to learn essential skills to take a sea kayak onto a multi-day expedition. This course is designed to not only further develop your sea kayaking skills, but to also help you to develop essential expedition skills such as planning & preparation, route & camp site selection, how to develop emergency action plans and other core skills for an expedition/outdoor lifestyle such as firelighting, food selection and water sourcing and treatment

Guide Training (Coastal)

Expedition Paddler in association with the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) has developed a multi week guide training programme. This programme is aimed at intermediate paddlers wishing to access the sea kayaking industry.

The program acknowledges previous sea kayaking experience and other organisations qualifications.

If you are a British Canoeing member, you will require the BC Sea Kayak Leader award to enter into the Coastal Guide Program and if you are looking to become an ISKGA Advanced Guide you will require the BC Advanced Sea Kayak leadership award.

If you do not hold these awards, assessments at these levels can be arranged prior to attending the course.

The guide training program takes place during the months of October, November & December and February March & April

Courses are run in Cornwall, England and Lofoten/Troms region in Norway.

Each course is tailor made to encompass your existing qualifications and experience.

Guide Training (Advanced)

Expedition Paddler in association with the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) has developed a multi week guide training programme. This programme is aimed at intermediate paddlers wishing to access the sea kayaking industry.

The program acknowledges previous sea kayaking experience and other organisations qualifications.

If you are a British Canoeing member, you will require the BC Sea Kayak Leader award to enter into the Coastal Guide Program and if you are looking to become an ISKGA Advanced Guide you will require the BC Advanced Sea Kayak leadership award.

If you do not hold these awards, assessments at these levels can be arranged prior to attending the course.

The guide training program takes place during the months of October, November & December and February March & April

Courses are run in Cornwall, England and Lofoten/Troms region in Norway.

Each course is tailor made to encompass your existing qualifications and experience.

Modules - Fundamentals 1

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level One is an entry-level course intended for participants who might be classed as beginner sea kayakers. This course is aimed at building-up a novice paddler’s understanding of, and proficiency in, the basics of core Technical; Rescue; Expedition; and Navigational Skills.

Modules - Fundamentals 2

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level Two is aimed at sea kayakers wishing to build upon and improve their foundation knowledge in core Technical; Rescue; First Aid; Expedition; and Navigational Skills. It is intended that all participants will take time to practice and perfect skills introduced before moving on to the next level.

Modules - Fundamentals 3

The ISKGA Sea Kayaking Fundamentals – Level Three is the level whereby the individual paddler will be able to utilise their Technical; Rescue; First Aid; Expedition; and Navigational Skills within a dynamic environment whilst on a wilderness sea kayaking expedition.

Success at this level will allow expedition leaders to acknowledge you as being a proficient expedition sea kayaker as well as being seen as being an asset to a group of sea kayakers in a wilderness/remote environment.

Modules - Incident Management

How strong are you as a leader? How do you perform when it really counts, when things have gone wrong and both you and your group are now under pressure, can you perform effectively?

The ISKGA Incident Management course is a five day course which specialises in developing your leadership and incident management skills so that they work under pressure when you really need them to .

This course can be attended as a stand alone five day course or as a two day course with three further one day modules that bolt on as environmental training days, these further one day modules are Surf Zone Safety & Rescue, Rock Garden Safety & Rescue and Tide Race Safety & Rescue.

Course content: The leadership process, leadership styles, effects of adrenal fix (fight, flight & freeze), development of EAPs and evacuation strategies, control and rescue strategies in a variety of environments

This is the core module for the ISKGA Guide program and can only be run through ISKGA National Training centers and/or ISKGA National Trainers who have assessed at the appropriate level

Sea Survival

The ISKGA Sea Survival course has been developed to meet the needs of the sea kayaking community and is a one or two day course depending on resources available to the center/individual instructor.

The ISKGA Sea Survival course is the first of its kind and was developed in partnership with RNLI subject matter experts in this field and is also available through British Canoeing resources.

First Aid

Although it is not a requirement to be a medical professional to be an ISKGA guide, it is a requirement that each guide should have extensive skills and knowledge appropriate to a lay person working in remote wilderness environments.