Sea Leader Expedition

Practice leadership in context 

Seamanship (sea-person-ship) involves nearly constant decision-making, and there is no substitute for experience to develop fluid decisions. Whether you paddle for your own enjoyment or lead groups, The Sea Leader Expedition invites you to consolidate, develop, and reflect on your experience in the context of an actual trip. We pull back the curtain and expose the questions we are asking and the decisions we are making. If you are interested in developing your leadership, we invite you to take your turn at the helm of the group and reflect on the process, with the safety net of an experienced coach (ACA & British Canoeing leadership trainer Ginni Callahan who has over 25 years of Baja guiding experience).

Skilled paddlers who are simply interested in a journey are welcome as well.

Sea Leader Expedition is an opportunity for experienced leaders to gain recognition and certification as British Canoeing Sea Kayak Leaders, Endorsed Guides, or ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leaders. (Prerequisites apply.) Those pursuing certifications, endorsement or assessments do need to let us know their intentions at least 30 days before the trip and provide evidence of their prerequisites. You will also have pre-trip homework.

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


  • Ability to paddle competently in wind up to Beaufort 4 (11-16kts), surf up to a meter, and current up to 2 knots.
  • For BC Sea Kayak Leader: Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course, BC membership, first aid.
  • For BC Endorsed Guide: 2 years (20 trips) as a certified Leader, 3 Guide Modules, BC membership, first aid.
  • For ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Trip Leader: Coastal Kayak Trip Leader training course, ACA membership.


Duration: 10 days, 9 nights camping
Setting: Camping expedition, mostly in sea conditions.
Craft: sea kayaks
Transportation: included from Loreto to launch and back
Available Outcomes:
o Personal learning and development
o Opportunity for BC Sea Leader Assessment
o Opportunity for BC Guide Endorsement
o Opportunity for ACA Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Assessment

Sea Leader Training Itinerary

Flexible to use weather conditions
Day 1 Packing, group communication, launch
Day 2 Forming a group, paddling on the sea
Day 3 Planning, navigation, decision making en route
Day 4 Safety scenarios on the sea
Day 5 Personal skills development in conditions
Days 6-9 Consolidating all of the above while enjoying the journey!
Day 10 Land, celebrate the journey and the new leaders/guides

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