Koh Chang is the largest Island set in the Koh Chang marine national park.  In the high season, the archipelago affords us the opportunity to spend wonderful days kayaking to and between it’s stunning Islands and beaches.  Once the high season is over and the low season creeps in, is where the fun starts.  Gone are the calm seas, in their place we have weather generated seas, with waves and conditions that are perfect for developing our kayaking skills.  This is why on

August  6th – 10th and August 13th – 17th 2018

In conjunction with these wonderful conditions, Kayak Chang are proud to offer our annual sea kayaking symposium.

Whether you are a novice or an aspirant 4 Star Sea Kayaking leader, our symposium has something for you.  Our BCU coaches, are highly skilled and qualified, and as such will be on hand to guide, coach, push and develop your kayaking at a pace that suits you. The range of sessions, include practical on the water sessions, lectures, workshops and evening presentations. Our symposium is the only one of its kind in South East Asia and as such attracts a lot of interest, however, we only have sufficient kayaks and equipment to accommodate 10 people per week.

Symposium Dates

Week 1: 6th – 10th of August 2018 || Week 2: 13th – 17th of August 2018


1-4 Star BCU training and assessment

As part of the symposium we will be running extended BCU star award programmes (up to 5 days) including 1, 2, 3 and 4 star training and assessment.

We appreciate that most kayakers attending the symposium will not be bringing kayaks with them and as such Kayak Chang are committed to providing quality boats and associated equipment to all participants at no additional charge for the duration of the symposium.

BCU 3 Star Sea Training and Assessment (5 days)

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an able improving sea paddler rather than a beginner. During assessment the candidate would be able to demonstrate personal competence paddling in wind conditions of no more than Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3 as part of a led group.Read more (pdf)

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader Training (5 days)

To achieve BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader candidates are required to attend BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader Training. This involves at least 2 days of formal training in personal skills, leadership, and safety and rescue. Some training courses also include the prerequisite BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course (extending the programme by an additional day). Training is valid for 3 years, during this time, and upon completion of the assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment.Read more (pdf)

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader Assessment (5 days)

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short (6 to 8 miles, of at least 3 hours paddling), single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4. The BCU 4 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.Read mode (pdf)

Maximum numbers per course 6 people. Each BCU course takes the full week.


Symposium Courses

Our courses are designed for different levels of audience and we will also make sure that there is not too much divergence within one course.

Beginner Level
ideal for people just starting sea kayaking
ideal for developing additional skills and knowledge
for skilled kayakers looking to take a leadership role

The price per week is THB 22.000.

On The Water Sessions Duration Level
Beginners – Basic Skills Full Day
Beginner – Developer Day Full Day
BCU One Star Award 2 Days
BCU Two Star Award 3 Days
Forward Paddling (finer points) Half Day
Forward turns on the move Half Day
Close Quarter Manoeuvreing Half Day
Recovery Strokes Half Day
Compound Strokes and Linkage Half Day
Towing Half Day
Safety and Rescues Half Day
Rolling Clinic Half Day
Rolling in Bigger Conditions Half Day
Incident Management 3 star Half Day
Incident Management 4 star Half Day
Journey (introduction 15km) Full Day
Journey (Intermediate 15km) Full Day
Journey (Through The Rocks 15km) Full Day
Surf landing Half Day
Try A Boat + Kit Half Day
Repairing your boat; Gel coating Half Day


Symposium Registration

The price for the symposium is THB 22.000 per week.

Your Name

Your Email

Number of Persons

Please select your preferred evening courses
Coastal navigationEquipmentLectureKayak Chang 2014 - 2015

How Would You Assess Yourself?

Please briefly describe your experience

Please select your preferred water courses
Beginners – Basic SkillsBeginner - Developer DayForward Paddling (finer points)Forward turns on the moveClose Quarter ManoueveringRecovery StrokesCompound Strokes and LinkageTowingSafety and RescuesRolling ClinicRolling in Bigger ConditionsIncident Management 3 starIncident Management 4 starJourney (introduction 15km)Journey (Intermediate 15km)Journey (Through The Rocks 15km)Surf landingTry A Boat + KitRepairs (gel coating)

Do you want to participate in a BCU course?
please note: you will not be able to join the water courses while attending a BCU course
BCU 3 Star CourseBCU 4 Star TrainingBCU 4 Star Assessment

Which of the two weeks do you want to join?
week beginning 7th of Augustweek beginning 14th of Augustboth weeks

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Get in Touch

Emerald Cove Resort
88/8 Moo 4
Koh Chang, Trat
23170 Thailand
Jummy +66 (0) 97 182 83 19 (th/en)
Andy +44 (0) 744 645 74 86 (en)