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Sea Leader Training

The gold standard of sea kayak leadership.

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This course is designed for paddlers with significant dynamic water experience, and at least some leadership experience, who are pursuing certification or positions as leaders.

Our regular 6-day course takes advantage of both sides of the Baja peninsula to provide training for advanced paddlers and leaders. Loreto, on the Sea of Cortez, provides rocky features, close islands, and warm water, as well as stunning mountain scenery. Puerto San Carlos, on Madgalena Bay on the Pacific side, delivers current, surf, more reliable wind, and navigation channels. The course often attracts guides from throughout Latin America and around the world, for a rich peer-to-peer learning environment.

Courses are run by a bilingual British Canoeing-certified coaching team including Ginni Callahan and Marcos Simental.

We integrate related programs in this course, such as BC’s Foundation Safety and Rescue course and Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning. For those who have already taken these, the and additional practice is a valuable reinforcement of learning.

For the BC Sea Leader Training to officially count, the BCU 3-star award and Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning are prerequisites. You may be assessed during the course for the 3-star (fee applies–to British Canoeing) If you don’t have the Navigation course paperwork from British Canoeing already, you can get it with this course (fee applies–to British Canoeing). If a student does not pass the 3-star assessment, the BC Sea Leader Training does not officially count. The experience, however, is tremendously valuable! This is not an assessment for Sea Leader. That is a separate event.

Here is a link to a terrific resource for leaders, British Canoeing’s leadership eLearning online. It’s free.

In ACA, we will cover: Level 4 Open Water Skills, Level 4 Trip Leading, Level 5 Rough Water Maneuvering and Towing. Depending on conditions, we may also cover Level 4 Surf Zone and/or Level 4 Tidal Currents.


  • British Canoeing 3-star award (or appropriate abilities and instructor approval.)
  • Log book of paddling and leadership experience. (Bring to training, or email sample pages to )
  • (Note that membership and pre-registering with British Canoeing are required before assessment, but NOT before this course.)


The Basic price is designed for guides and paddlers who live in Baja, bring their own paddling equipment, can help out with the transportation for others, and will be commuting to this course daily. Lunches and dinners are included for all. The Inclusive prices cover transfers, meals, and paddling equipment during the course. Lodging is at the Tripui Resort, and camping is on the resort lawn, with access to a shared shower/bathroom for the first 3 nights. The arrangement with the resort includes delicious restaurant dinners and gets us access to a classroom in the evenings, which is handy for spreading out nautical charts and using audio-visual teaching aids. We also have access to their pool if Mother Nature should be over-zealous with the wind she offers us. When we move to Magdalena Bay, there is no camping available, so shared lodging will be provided for campers at the waterfront Mar y Arena Eco-Hotel.

Sea Leader Course

  • Basic Rate $1290
  • Inclusive w/camping & kayak $1790
  • Inclusive with shared room (if available) $1890
  • Inclusive with private room $2190
  • Fees for certifications will apply (BC 3-star assessment $40, FSRT $25, Navigation $25).


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