Introduction to Sea Skills – as published in the Award Scheme Handbook
Holders of the Introduction to Sea Skills Award have demonstrated the ability to plan and conduct
activities in sea kayaks with Sea Instructors, Sea Guides or Sea Leaders in coastal conditions defined as:
• Estuaries, embayments and areas enclosed or partially enclosed by fringing reef or islands
• Areas of exposed coastline that are simple, not involving overfalls, tidal races, difficult landings or
• Distances of up to two nautical miles offshore
• Light to Moderate conditions (11 – 16 knots) as defined by the Beaufort Scale and used by the
Bureau of Meteorology.
Demonstrate sea kayak skills at sea in light to moderate conditions:
Preparation of craft and equipment
Launch and land in surf to 0.5 metre
Paddle the craft efficiently in moderate (to 16 kn) conditions at sea:
– forwards, backwards, sideways and turning
– use correct forward, reverse, draw and sweep strokes
– use safe, effective support strokes, using both blade faces, in surf to 0.5 metre
Competently participate in rescues as rescuee and rescuer
Competently accept a tow
Form into and disperse from a raft
Secure craft for transport, secure equipment to craft.
Demonstrate knowledge of:
The advantages and limitations of sea kayaks
Select appropriate equipment and clothing with consideration of sun sense and hypothermia
Plan and navigate a coastal sea kayaking activity
Store, operate and maintain appropriate safety and communication equipment
Interpret weather for a marine environment.
Produce a verified log showing over the previous year at least:
A minimum of six coastal trips of a minimum of three hours duration.
Demonstrate the ability to:
Maintain effective communication with a group.