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1 Star

The BCU One Star is a flat water award that demonstrates an individual has basic boat control and foundation skills. The one star can be taken in any kind of paddle sport craft (e.g. sit-on-top, slalom boat, polo boat, sea kayak, racing canoe etc.) and is usually achievable in one day.

Training can be conducted at one of several locations near our base in Bridgwater or we can travel to a Sheltered water such as canals and lakes near you.

1 Star Syllabus

2 Star

The BCU Two Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop further fundamental paddle sport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.

You do not require a 1 star award to begin training at this level however it is recommended that you have, as a minimum, been paddling previously. This award develops generic movement skills that can transfer to any discipline and is assessed in both canoe and kayak.

Training can be conducted at one of several locations near our base in Bridgwater or we can travel to a Sheltered water such as canals and lakes near you.

2 Star Syllabus

3 Star White Water Kayak

This training course teaches more advanced skills used in kayaking and is a continuation from the two star award. This course works to improve and perfect the basics strokes and teach new techniques such as eskimo rescues, rolling, towing and an introduction to moving water.

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate kayaker as they can now paddle on moving water. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a grade two river.

You do not require a 2 star award to begin training at this level however it is recommended, as this shows you poses the required skills to be able to participate safely as part of a group and that you will be able to maintain basic control of your boat. For participants who feel they already have the ability to manoeuvre a kayak in all directions on flat-water and are confident in exiting an upturned kayak please contact us for further information.

3 Star White Water Kayak Syllabus

3 Star Touring

The touring award shows a competent intermediate standard of paddling in either a canoe or kayak in a variety of environments; including open water with wind up to force 2-3 and moving water / rivers with green flow but doesn’t include rapids of any grade. Topics covered will include: forward and backward paddling, stopping, moving the boat sideways, supporting and dealing with environmental factors.

3 Star Touring Kayak Syllabus
3 Star Touring Canoe Syllabus

3 Star Open Canoe

This training course teaches more advanced skills used in canoeing and is a continuation from the two star award. This course works to improve and perfect the basics strokes and teach new techniques such as poling and sailing as well as an introduction to moving water.

Successful completion of the BCU 3 Star Open Canoe award means that you can consider yourself an intermediate paddler as the award requires you to be able to paddle both moderate open water (up to wind force 3) and easy moving water as part of a led group; which includes having the group awareness skills to be able to assist in the smooth running of such a trip.

You do not require a 2 star award to begin training at this level however it is recommended, as this shows you poses the required skills to be able to participate safely as part of a group and that you will be able to maintain basic control of your boat. For participants who feel they already have the ability to manoeuvre a canoe in all directions on flat-water and are confident in exiting an upturned canoe please contact us for further information.

3 Star Open Canoe Syllabus