Class Descriptions

Please read through the symposium self-assessment criteria ‘What Level Are You?‘ and decide which level best describes you before selecting the classes you wish to attend.

Feel free to ask us if you are unsure where to place yourself, or seek advice from a friend or coach who knows you.

All Levels


Yoga for Paddlers – Pre-Breakfast Option With Helen Wilson.

All Levels Yoga for Paddlers is a great way to start the day and lasts for 45 minutes. It will be led Helen Wilson who is a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor. This flowing, dynamic form of yoga connects breath with movement. It will awaken both the mind and the body in preparation for an active day on the water. A yoga mat or towel and loose, comfortable clothes are recommended.

It is for me? If you are looking to be more fluid in your boat, this is an ideal way to prepare yourself.

Core Skills: Fun, Balance, Games & Rolling With Helen Wilson.

This session is an excellent way to learn about boat control while developing a stronger relationship between your body, your kayak and the water. Throughout the day we will play with rescues, balance, rolling and games on flat water. The emphasis of this session is on laughter and water fun. Students will get to think outside the box while developing necessary balance, bracing and recovery skills. Scenarios will be given that, as a group, we will find solutions to. This is an excellent option for those hoping to develop confidence on the water while working on skills in a playful way.

Is it for me? Willing to get wet, learn to roll and have fun? Dress for immersion and come join us.

Safety Essentials: Sea Survival with Jeff Allan

This session will look at how to take care of yourself and others, both on and off the water. It conforms to the ISKGA Sea Survival syllabus, which was developed by Jeff Allan in conjunction with the RNLI to meet the needs of the sea kayaking community. Participants will spend time on land looking at hypothermia, the drowning process and the immediate adverse effects of cold water (Cold shock) before putting personal survival strategies to the test while afloat. The day will explore the use of flares, EPIRBS, Spot units, GPS units, VHF’s and mobile phones for attracting outside assistance as well as examining the limitations of life saving equipment and the advantages/disadvantages of aids to flotation.

Is it for me? If you want to develop a practical understanding of sea survival strategies, this is for you.

Safety Essentials: Crash and Bash – Boat Care and Repair.

This session will look at how to take care of your sea kayak, both on and off the water. Spend time on land looking at boat construction and ways to maintain your boat before putting practical repair skills to the test while afloat. Expect to come away from this session with effective methods to make temporary and lasting repairs to a damaged boat.

Is it for me? If you want to extend the life of your sea kayak, sign up today.

BCU: 3 Star Sea Assessment.

This one-day discipline specific test is designed to show that a successful candidate has the appropriate level of skill to paddle safely in moderate water conditions on coastal journeys, and they may consider themselves an intermediate sea kayaker. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip in this environment. The assessment will be against criteria set out in the BCU 3 Star Sea syllabus

Is it for me? If you wish to benchmark your skills against the BCU Personal Performance Awards, then sign up today.

Master Class: Greenland Techniques and Traditions with Helen Wilson.

Modern sea kayaking has is roots firmly based in the traditions of Greenland qajaqing. The Inuit have used ‘qajaqs’ as a means of hunting and fishing for centuries. Tradition being that a qajaq would be made of sealskin stretched over a wooden frame. Rolling a qajaq was considered an essential self-rescue skill that was learned and practiced on a regular basis. This session offers the opportunity to learn about a range of Greenland rolling skills and paddling strokes as well as be immersed in the culture of Greenland. It is a chance to find out about Avataqs, Akuilisaqs and Norsat, as well as get to know the difference between a Tuilik and a Tupilaq.

Is it for me? This is for anyone who has an interest in learning about Greenland kayaking techniques and the traditions surrounding them regardless of the type of boat and paddle you currently use.

Master Class: Sea Kayak Sailing with Geth Roberts.

Sailing has been a part of kayaking since John MacGregor first put to sea in his Rob Roy canoe more than 150 years ago. There are many reasons to consider rigging your kayak with a sail. Sails can be used to increase your range and speed on expeditions or day trips. They can add a level of safety on ambitious journeys or take the sting out of long crossings. And most of all, kayak sailing is fun – the thrill of flying across the water in a small boat with the wind in your sails can’t be matched!

Is it for me? If you want to explore the potential of kayaking sailing, using the P&H Code Zero System, then this day is for you.


Level One – Two


Core Skills: Storm Paddling Fundamentals

This class will give participants a safe and enjoyable introduction to storm paddling with the emphasis being on the fundamental skills needed to develop better boat control in slight to moderate conditions. Participants will be introduced to a range of boat handling techniques for use in wind and swell.

Is it for me? This day is suitable for any sea kayaker aspiring looking to be more bold in moderate conditions.

Core Skills: Essential Moving Water Skills

This session is aimed at paddlers who want to fully enjoy the moving water experience that the sea can offer. You will gain an understanding of crossing eddy lines, ferry gliding with control and develop the foundation for more challenging tide race paddling.

Is it for me? To get the most from this session, you should have some confidence in moving water conditions. An ability to roll will be useful but not essential.

Core Skills: Surf Zone Foundations

This class will be an opportunity to develop fundamental surf zone skills. Participants will gain confidence while learning to read the water. This class is about comfort, safety and understanding the dynamics of the surf-zone, it is not about learning to “surf,” although that may be covered as well.

Is it for me? This day is suitable for any sea kayaker aspiring to be more confident in the surf-zone.

Safety Essentials: Leadership & Incident Management for Coastal Kayakers

This session will focus on essential leadership and incident management skills needed by coastal sea kayakers when paddling with others in slight or moderate sea conditions. Participants will journey along a suitable stretch of coastline, exploring effective leadership strategies and rescue techniques. This is a practical session, so come prepared to get wet and learn!

Is it for me? This day is ideal for any intermediate sea kayaker seeking input on practical leadership skills and looking to deal with issues on the water with a greater understanding of problem solving.

Seamanship: Sea Kayak Journey (Practical Navigation)

This day is about exploring the best that Anglesey has to offer in the company of some excellent guides, whilst enhancing your seamanship and navigational knowledge. Come armed with a map and a compass as this session will show you how to make sense of such things as tidal calculations on the move, following bearings, aiming off, attack points and tick-off features. After a day afloat, you will have the tools and tactics to avoid ever being temporarily misplaced again!

Is it for me? This is a practical seamanship day, so expect to be navigating in slight to moderate sea conditions.


Level Two – Three


Core Skills: Moderate Water Boat Handling 

This session will have you paddling with confidence and efficiency in moderate water conditions. Participants will learn how to turn with accuracy and control using their boat to its full potential. The session will take a progressive approach, building your skills in a variety of conditions.

Is it for me? This day is suitable for experienced sea kayakers aspiring to greater boat handling skills in moderate to rough sea conditions.

Core Skills: Intermediate Moving Water Skills

This session is aimed at sea kayakers with previous experience of white water kayaking and/or with plenty of rough water experience on the sea. The session venue will provide fast jets of water, powerful eddy lines and play waves. You’ll be able to focus on developing your accuracy and timing in fast water, develop a range of techniques for crossing eddy lines and work on the skills needed to surf standing waves with style and control.

Is it for me? To get the most from this session, you should have previous experience of, and confidence in, moving water. A reliable roll, while not essential, is helpful. Come prepared to get stuck in!

Core Skills: Intermediate Tide Race Skills

If you want to learn tide race paddling skills on the open sea, this session will provide a safe and enjoyable development day in moderate conditions. You will work on crossing zones of faster water with control, and explore how to surf standing waves.

Is it for me? This session is aimed at experienced sea kayakers, confident in moderate water, wanting to develop their tide race paddling. We recommend that you have a reliable roll.

Safety Essentials: Leadership & Incident Management for Open Water Kayakers

This session will focus on essential leadership and incident management skills needed by open water sea kayakers when looking after others in moderate or advanced conditions. Participants will journey along a suitable stretch of coastline, exploring a number of effective safety strategies and rescue techniques. This is a practical session, so come prepared to get wet and learn!

Is it for me? This day is suitable for any experienced sea kayaker, confident in open sea conditions, seeking input on practical leadership and problem solving skills.

Seamanship: Sea Kayak Journey (Rock Gardening)

Come and enjoy an exciting journey with our experienced guides, that makes the most of Anglesey’s tidal waters and rugged coastline. This is an option for more experienced sea kayakers seeking some classic adventure. Each journey will vary according to the sea conditions on the day.

Is it for me? This sea kayak journey will possibly include more advanced sea conditions and may pass through areas of rough water. Participants must be capable of controlling their boat in close-quarter conditions, and manoeuvring in tidal waters.


Level Three


Master Class: Rough Water Boat Handling

Come and test your the boat handling skills in challenging conditions and dynamic seas. You will be coached on the appropriate skills and tactics needed to paddle effectively in tideraces and rough water. Each day will take advantage of the best tides and prevailing weather, whilst operating within a strong safety framework.

Is it for me? This day is suitable for experienced sea kayakers aspiring to achieve a better performance in rough seas and bigger tideraces. We strongly recommend that participants have an effective means of self-rescue.


Contact us if you have any questions, queries or want more information about the event.

The UKSGS Team – Helen Tozer-Wilson & Mark Tozer.

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Location: Penrhyn Mawr, Anglesey. Photographer: Olly Sanders.

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