The Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills Award aims to enable candidates to:
- Kayak safely and competently on the Sea up to and including slight seas (Douglas Sea Scale, 1-2 metre swell) and force 4 winds (11-16 knots), including overfalls and tide races as part of a group of peers.
- Be capable of negotiating obstacles likely to be encountered in such conditions.
- Able to deal competently with rescue situations that might occur in these conditions.
- Develop group awareness.
To obtain the Level 4 Sea Kayak Skills Award, a participant must successfully explain and/or demonstrate the following techniques and skills at a level higher than that required for the Level 3 Sea Kayak Skills Award and be capable of demonstrating any combination of the strokes competently and efficiently.