Surfski Coaching Courses

Improver > Intermediate > Advanced > Race Ready


Next Course MAY 25-26th 2019

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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

MAY 25-26th 2019

at Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

Level: Race Ready – Go Faster!

Four practical sessions over two days covering most aspects of advanced ski handling and paddling including:

  * Techniques – the balance of speed, efficiency and safety

  * Pre-paddle warm up and routines to improve mobility

  * Improving your beach starts

  * Efficient paddling stroke for different wind and water conditions – in the boat and individually analysed on single and double sided ergo.

  * Picking, catching and milking runners and groundswell

  * Planning your training – and much more.


Book your place early – just sign up here and / or ask for a more detailed course plan, cost, etc.

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Course dates for 2019

April          13-14th

May           25-26th               

June          22-23rd          

July            27-28th

August      10-11th

September  7-8th

October     5-6th

October    19-20th


Race Ready – Go Faster!



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While Ocean Ski paddling is a rapidly growing sport in Britain, this discipline is not recognised by British Canoeing coaching schemes since there has be not structure set up. There are very few training and coaching courses for beginners, improvers and intermediates – though there are occasional elite clinics offered by such outstanding paddlers as Sean Rice, Oscar Chalupski and Ivan Lawler.

Effective Ocean Ski paddling incorporates elements from several other disciplines, including sprint, marathon, white water racing, wave ski and, to a surprisingly small extent, 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, provides a great start in their ski adventures.

However, those well established habits that are very effective in other canoe-kayaking styles 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  often 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 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 First Course of 2019 will be APRIL 13-14th – at Fishguard

– email Benjamin for more info:

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