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Sea Kayak Training and Proficiency Information

This is information for recreational sea kayakers and gives a guide to the levels that they can aspire to. It is also a guide for clubs and networks when offering training and leadership to their members.

KASK Training Proficiency Information (PDF 114KB)

BCU 1-5 star tests. (PDF 268 KB) The requirements of the British BCU system. Those aspiring to a high level of competency might want to read this. The first 3 Stars are “closed deck” kayaks and the 4 & 5 Star are specifically for sea kayaks (or canoes as they often state).

Note that a lot (most) of the theory questions are British specific. 1-3 are river orientated and unlike NZ, a lot of rivers you are not allowed to paddle on. They also mix up the terms canoeing and kayaking.

Go to Resources for training providers.

KASK's aims are to:

1. Promote and encourage the sport of sea kayaking
2. Promote safety standards
3. Develop techniques and equipment
4. Deal with issues of coastal access and protection
5. Organise sea kayak forums around the country
6. Publish the Sea Canoeist Newsletter and the KASK Handbook