Little or no experience in a kayak on flat water (could have done 5 kayak trips on flat water). Probably not practised capsizing a sea kayak outdoors. 

Kayaking Ability Levels


Confident paddling in a straight line and turning using a variety of strokes on flat water and light winds. Has practised capsizing a kayak outdoors. Has been on more than 5 kayak trips on flat water. Have started to learn to roll their kayak and undertaken some rescue training.


Confident kayaking in a range of tidal conditions and moderate winds. Able to roll their kayak and take an active role in a rescue situation. Likely to have done over 30 full-day trips, some of which will have been in moderate wind or tidal conditions and/or experience of an overnight trip.