Introduction to Sea Skills



Introduction to Sea Skills  –  as published in the Award Scheme Handbook

Award definition

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

open crossings

• 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.

Skill component

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.

Knowledge component

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.


Experience component

Produce a verified log showing over the previous year at least:

A minimum of six coastal trips of a minimum of three hours duration.

Communication component

Demonstrate the ability to:

Maintain effective communication with a group.