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Surf Kayak Award

Surf Kayak Award

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Your Surf Kayak Award will give you the skills you need to have a safe and fun day out surfing. It will give you the confidence to paddle in gentle surf with sloping and spilling waves with proficient skills.

Some places where we can surf have more potential dangers than others. You will learn how to select a suitable and safe location on which to surf. By looking at the bathymetry of each site and the weather conditions, you will select one that is suitable to your skill level and your aims.


You will learn how to select the best equipment for your session. As well as how to ensure it is carried to the water without it being damaged or causing yourself injury. You will consider the etiquette for the piece of water you are using and what other water users there may be.

The surf zone is broken up into 4 different zones:

Broken Waves

Green Waves

Secondary Surf Zone

Rips or Out Back

You will learn to identify these areas and the skills required to paddle in each of them. As well as the skills required for when you catch a wave. This includes turning to stay on the wave face and how to exit.

At the end of each session, you and your Coach will reflect on what went well and where you would like to go next. You will also try and tie in the shape of the uncovered sand to the waves that you experienced.

Each day we spend kayak surfing further expands our skills and knowledge, creating a more enjoyable experience on the water. With no two surf experiences ever the same, we never stop learning. Continually evaluating the choices we make creates a natural evolution of decision-making and paddling ability.


Use our finder to find a course or a Coach to begin your journey today!


Read the award description here: Surf Kayak Award Description

If you feel that you already have some experience surf kayaking and would like to progress further, then you may wish to look at the Progressive Surf Kayak Award. Use our finder to look for a Coach or a course now.


The Surf Kayak Award has no formal assessment. Each day spent on the water will further develop your skills. With no two sessions ever the same, you will never stop learning. You and your Coach will tailor each session around your goals and what you wish to work on next. You will be certificated once you are ready.


During this award you will develop the judgement and decision-making skills required to have a successful day in the surf. You will look at how to read the waves within the surf and the key techniques used when surfing. 

This will include: 

  •  External Factors – Where do we go Surfing? 
  •  Equipment
  •  Getting to the Beach
  •  Surf Kayak Skills
  •  After the Surf Kayak Session 
  •  Future Development

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