Surfski Coaching Courses

Improver > Intermediate > Advanced > Race Ready



23-24 May 2020

Ongoing progressive courses for all levels of paddlers from those beginning in ski up to intense race preparation – at our Fishguard base and venues around the country.


Next Course:


24-25th May 2020

at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.


A general, practical introduction to surfski paddling for people with some experience of canoe or kayak who want to understand how to apply that to ski.

  * Ski paddling Safety, Preparation and Equipment

  * How to develop a rock solid remount 

  * Safe and fast beach starts

  * Efficient and effective forward paddling strokes for varying conditions

  * Understanding and working with waves

  * How to handle the impact zone – and much more



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Course dates at Fishguard for 2020

March   28-29th         CANCELLED

April     11-12th         CANCELLED

May      23-24th          Improver > Intermediate

June     13-14th          Improver > Intermediate

July      11-12th          Intermediate > Advanced

August    8-9th           Improver > Intermediate

September 5-6th       Race Ready!

October  10-11th       Improvers

October  24-25th       Intermediate > Advanced



While Ocean Ski paddling is a rapidly growing sport in Britain, this discipline has only just been recognised by British Canoeing and there is, as yet, no formal coaching structure set up. There are still very few tailored training and coaching courses for beginners, improvers and intermediates – though occasional elite clinics offered by such outstanding paddlers as Sean Rice, Oscar Chalupski and Ivan Lawler are available.

Effective Ocean Ski paddling incorporates elements from several other disciplines, including sprint, marathon, white water racing, wave ski and, of course, sea kayaking. Most ski paddlers have entered from other aspects of canoe and kayak sport and find that whatever they already know and can apply will provide a great start in their ski adventures.

However, those well established habits that are very effective in other canoe-kayaking disciplines often lead to serious limitations when applied to ski. Even a sea kayak coach’s decades of knowledge about wind and weather are unlikely to help him/her to consistently catch and work runners in a much lighter, faster, more responsive boat.  

The Coach

Ben Edom has successfully competed in kayak and canoe slalom (including coaching), K1 & 2 marathon, C1 WWR, C1 & C2 sprint (including coaching), sea kayak and more importantly, 10 years of Ski paddling on Australia’s Sunshine Coast and Sydney’s Northern Beaches. This breadth of experience, and nearly daily playing on the big Pacific swells, enables him to impart key insights, valuable hints and techniques, all personally tested with serious sea time.

Now back in training, and one of the team riders for Stellar UK and Rough Water Gear, Ben has earned a string of podium places in 2018 and 2019 races.

“I love the sea and want to help anyone who takes on the thrills and challenges of wind and wave on a ski to be more effective and aware so you can enjoy every trip all the more. If that means you can beat me – all the better!”

The Courses

There are three tiers of day, weekend, or longer courses to suit everyone except ocean ski experts:


A general, practical introduction to surfski paddling for people with some experience of canoe or kayak who want to understand how to apply that to ski. Offers a sound foundation of principles, safety considerations and plenty of practical techniques to take home and work on.


For paddlers with canoe-kayak and at some ski experience who are ready to up their game on their ski. We cover a wide range of vital ski-specific seamanship and paddling techniques, while looking for a more focused and proactive attitude than in the Improvers course.

Race Ready 

When you’re ready to take your performance to the next level, build on your established experience on surfski and/or other paddling disciplines. Weak points will be targeted, solutions offered, and you’ll take away lots of new ways to achieve and enjoy more power, speed, and efficiency every time you go out on the sea – and race! This course expects a disciplined and competitive participant attitude.

Our Next Course in 2020 will be 24-25th MAY – at Fishguard

– email Benjamin for more info:

Benjamin Edom has full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance through Insure4Sport.