Intermediate Courses

Join us on our intermediate to surf kayaking course. The course is aimed at BCU 3* paddlers looking to improve their skills and wave riding in the surf zone. You may also have kayaked in dynamic water in other disciplines such as white water or sea kayaking but never in surf specific kayak.

The Intermediate courses aims to develop you into a surf kayaker that has the ability to control their craft in the surf zone. You will develop your understanding of positioning on the wave in relation to the shoulder and learn to ride the wave under your terms rather than at the mercy of the ocean. We would also aim to have you performing accurate manoeuvre at the appropriate point on the wave.

The courses will also cover leadership and group management in the surf, beach assessment, etiquette, surf rescues and surf theory such as forecasting and effect of the tides.

Surf Kayaking Cornwall is a world recognised training centre and all of our staff are qualified and have lots of experience out on the sea and surf. We have great wetsuits and jackets to keep you warm out on the water and hot showers back at our base for the end of the day before a debrief with a cup of tea in our classroom.

Experience needed?
The course is aimed at BCU 3*(not compulsory) paddlers looking to improve their skills and wave riding in the surf zone. You may also have kayaked in conditions before such as grade 2/3 white water or 2ft of surf but this may not have been in surf specific kayaks. The course is also suitable for people that would like a steep learning curve that have little experience in surf specific kayaks. During the course you will be surfing in wave up to 3ft high or no larger than double over head when sitting a kayak. 1,2 and 5 Days course available, for further details of what is covered click on the links below.

What if the surf goes flat on the course?
Over the duration of the course surf conditions will vary. Perfect surf is not required to successful improve your surf kayaking even at advance level. Whenever possible we will try and surf kayak whenever the waves are at their best. If there are any flat periods during the week we will use this opportunity to do classroom based discussions, deep water rescue, towing etc. If the forecast looks very poor then a decision to run will be made two days prior to the start of the course. Forecasts are never totally accurate so if the course does run and conditions are still unfavourable during the week/weekend we will look to offer an alternatives activity where ever possible on the days with no surf E.g. Sea kayaking.

Location and times
We will meet you and the rest of the group at 0930 at the Sea/Surf Kayaking Cornwall shop to discuss the days plan and get kitted up. We normally aim to finish around 1600, although this may be later depending on the surf break being used.
The Sea/Surf Kayaking Cornwall shop is at Dove House, Tregoniggie Industrial Estate, Falmouth TR11 4SN.

What to bring
Packed lunch – unless you are a group booking, with a request for a pub/café lunch stop.
Hot Drink / Water – minimum 1.5 litre per person
Sunscreen, Hat
Towel and Change of clothes
Water shoes / trainers


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The course fee includes all of the equipment needed, instruction and transport during the course (if required). We can provide all the necessary equipment to allow you to be comfortable and safe out on the water; including wetsuits, thermal tops, wind proof jackets, buoyancy aids, helmets, spray decks and of course kayaks and paddles. Surf kayaking Cornwall have a wide range of up-to-date surf craft for you to try.

2 Day Intermediate

A weekend of action, adventure and waves.

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Over the two days you will cover landing and launching, paddling out, positioning and wave selection, take off, carving bottom turns, top turns, diagonal runs, exiting the wave and rolling in the surf. We will also cover rescue skill such as capsizes, deep water rescues, shepherding, including carries and tow through the surf, We will also look at leadership skills such as CLAP, Risk identification, Surfing etiquette, awareness of others and incident management. Surf theory on equipment, tide, surf and weather forecasts and beach bathymetry.

5 Day Intermediate

A week of exploring Cornwall great surf sports and developing your wave riding.

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Our 5 day intermediate to surf kayaking is an intensive course that should build on everything covered within the 2 day courses. We will have the opportunity to really get to know you, and help you towards your surf kayaking needs and desires. The surf rarely stay constant therefore this extra time will allow you to surf and explore different surf breaks and beaches across Cornwall. Each day we will look at the surf report and chose the break that is best for your needs. You will also get to try out different types of surf craft. By the end of the week you will have caught many waves and planning when you will get your next surfing kayaking fix!!