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British Canoeing  is recognized worldwide for providing high-quality personal paddling skills development & assessment, leadership, and coach training & certification. British Canoeing skills and leadership courses are known as Star Awards and range from 1 Star to 5 Star. These awards provide a way to track your own progress as a paddler, and give others a reliable indication of your preparedness for trips and further training.

British Canoeing 2-Star Training

The 2-Star Training is intended to provide students with a solid foundation of paddling principals that translate to all paddle craft as well as preparing for 2-Star Assessment. Throughout the course students will be exposed to a variety of paddle craft–including canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards–and explore how each of these crafts work in the environment.

Course Syllabus

Dates: TBA     Cost: $150.00

British Canoeing 2 Star Assessment

The 2 Star Assessment will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of basic kayaking & canoeing skills, Emphasis will be placed on achieving the desired movement of your paddle craft using good technique & understanding of your environment.

Assessment Notes
Dates: TBA     Cost: $150.00

British Canoeing 3-Star Training: Sea

A British Canoeing 3-Star Sea Paddler is able to function as a member of a led group at sea. Therefore they need to understand the environment, be able to maneuver efficiently and effectively, tow other paddle craft, and conduct rescues in moderate sea conditions. In addition, they must be able to practically navigate and assist with trip planning. 3-Star Training is designed for anyone interested in pursuing 3-Star Assessment or who are interested in increasing their confidence and competency paddling in moderate coastal conditions.

Course Syllabus 
Dates: May 6th, June 23rd     Cost: $150.00
Prerequistes: 2-Star skills or equivalent

British Canoeing 3-Star Assessment

The 3 Star assessment will allow the student to demonstrate a thorough understanding of safety,strokes,and rescue techniques. A 3 star paddler will effectively move the kayak in all directions and demonstrate confident maneuvering strokes,recovery strokes, bracing, edging, and rescues. Successful performance at BCU Three Star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.

Course Syllabus
Dates: June 24th    Cost: $150.00
Prerequistes: 2-Star skills or equivalent

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training

The FSRT is a broad introduction to safety and rescue and is appropriate for new paddlers, trip leaders, club paddlers or those interested in beginning the British Canoeing Coaching track. During FRST, students will practice using a variety of paddle sport rescue tools and experiment with a range of paddle craft in a hands-on, scenario-based learning environment.

Course syllabus
Cost: $150.00
Dates: May 5th
Prerequiste: 2-Star Paddling Skills or equivalent

UKCC Level 1 Coach Trainning & Assessment

The Level 1 Award in Coaching Paddlesport may be your first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. The qualification will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and help you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of the sport. The qualification is not discipline specific and therefore suitable to coaches who wish to work with paddlers from any of the competitive and non-competitive paddle sport disciplines. The course will develop skills in ‘how to coach’ as well as provide a technical understanding of ‘what to coach’, specifically relating to the skills beginners to paddlesport require.The course will cover how to: Prepare coaching activities, taking into account participants’ needs and motives.

  • Establish a safe working environment.
  • Deliver prepared coaching activities.
  • Establish working relationships with participants and others.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of coaching activities.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of personal coaching practice.
  • Manage effective and appropriate bank- and water-based rescues.

A range of coaching tips and tricks, games and activities will be built into the course, along with time spent developing your technical/tactical understanding. The course will be delivered over four days and will include both training and assessment. In order to achieve the qualification, you must successfully complete a range of assessment tasks, which include safety and rescue skills, coaching skills and the technical understanding of paddlesport. The assessments are based on a mixture of practical and written tasks and tutor questioning.

Prerequistes for UKCC Level 1: British Canoeing 2 Star Award and have completed the FSRT Module.
Course Syllabus


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