BC 3 Star Awards and the new syllabus BC Leader Awards.

The Courses

The Paddlesport Leader Award is the latest addition to British Canoeing’s existing leadership qualifications and will specifically be aimed at people leading others in a sheltered water environment, such as canals, ungraded sections of rivers, estuaries, small lakes and lochs. 

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The award is ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers wanting to introduce others to the water and enable new volunteers to lead a variety of craft on a journey.

The Paddlesport Leader award is designed to support leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s need and aspirations. 

Benefits of the new award include:

  • No formal training requirements, with a direct entry assessment available
  • The Leader only needs to be skilful in one type of craft but able to lead a mixed fleet
  • A one day First Aid and British Canoeing membership are the only prerequisites

The 3 star award indicates you can be considered an intermediate paddler and competent member of a group to be led in moderate water environments .

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On the course we will concentrate on giving you the personal skills to efficiently paddle on simple moving water and open water conditions.

By the end of the course your personal paddling will have improved and you will be confident in ability to be led in these environments.

As well as improving your paddling technique, we will build your traditional skills such as tracking, lining, poling and sailing.

Although we will give you the understanding of the standard required to pass your three star award – our main aim on this course is to make you a better paddler!

The 3 star award indicates you can be considered an intermediate paddler and competent member of a group to be led in moderate water environments.

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On the course we will concentrate on giving you the personal skills to efficiently paddle on simple moving water and improve your personal paddling so you will be confident to be led in these environments.

As well as improving your paddling technique, we will build your knowledge and awareness of paddling in a dynamic environment.

Although we will give you the understanding of the standard required to pass your three star award – our main aim on this course is to make you a better paddler!

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an able improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

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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.

Assessment Prerequisites

  • Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea, of about 3 hours duration (8nm) each
  • A consistent BCU 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the BCU 2 Star Award
  • The ability to swim confidently in the sea environment, wearing normal paddling clothes

 

3 Star Sea Kayak Syllabusprinter freindly pdf document

 

Training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service.

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The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

Formaly known as the 4 Star Canoe, this 2 day course will fine tune your personal skills on grade 2 water and ensure that you are effective with dealing with wind on open water.

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It's also a qualification which will enable you to lead groups safely in these environments.

We will cover:

  • River reading skills
  • Forward paddling on rapids, change of pace and accuracy
  • Selection of forward paddling strokes on open water
  • Strategies for dealing with wind (up to force 4)
  • Improvised sailing techniques
  • Breaking in/out
  • Ferry gliding
  • Using features like small waves and stoppers
  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues/
    incidents
  • Application of leadership
  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
  • Safety awareness and risk management
  • Group control and management
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Water features/hazards

4 Star Canoe Syllabusprinter freindly pdf document

Formerly known as the 4 Star Canoe Assessment. We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable.

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Rest assured we do not try to catch you out and we know the level of each of the awards intimately – so no horror stories!!

We consider all assessments to be further learning and whilst giving you a fair assessment conducted in a professional manner, we hope you go away with lots of new ideas and ways to progress with your paddling further.

Our assessments are based in the Corwen area of North Wales.

Before booking make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites including registering with an LR form with your Home Nation (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, SCA, CANI, BCUNA) Candidates should allow two weeks to complete the registration process. Click here for more information.

Remember with all Leader assessments your logbook is an integral part of your assessment.

This course delivers the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short, single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4.

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The two days training includes accommodation. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Canoe, this Canoe Leader training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

This course also includes the BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (WWSR) course.

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The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak, this is a course to fine tune your personal skills on grade 2/3 water and a qualification which allows you to safely lead groups - all in one!

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Over the 2 days we will look at effective leadership techniques which will give you a game plan what ever the rapid and the paddling skills needed to make your plan easy to put into practice.

We will cover:

  • River reading skills
  • Forward paddling on rapids, change of pace and accuracy
  • Breaking in/out
  • Ferry gliding
  • Using features like small waves and stoppers
  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues / incidents
  • Application of leadership
  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
  • Safety awareness and risk management
  • Group control and management
  • Hypothermia / first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Water features/hazards

4 Star Canoe Syllabusprinter freindly pdf document

Formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak Award. We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable.

More information:

Rest assured we do not try to catch you out and we know the level of each of the awards intimately – so no horror stories!!

We consider all assessments to be further learning and whilst giving you a fair assessment conducted in a professional manner, we hope you go away with lots of new ideas and ways to progress with your paddling further.

Before booking make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites including registering with an LR form with your Home Nation (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, SCA, CANI, BCUNA) Candidates should allow two weeks to complete the registration process. Click here for more information.

Remember with all Leader assessments your logbook is an integral part of your assessment.

Formerly known as the BC 4 Star Award, this training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

This course also includes the BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (WWSR) course.

More information:

The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

Training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service.

More information:

The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

The British Canoeing 4 Star course gives you the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.

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We assess the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short, single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4.

Formerly known as the 5 Star Canoe Award, this training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

More information:

The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

Covering all aspects of the Advanced Canoe Leader syllabus. Formerly known as the 5 Star Canoe Award.

The BC Advanced Kayak Leader award indicates you have entered the top level of performance. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award .

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Over the 3 days we will concentrate on giving you the personal skills to efficiently paddle on grade 3 and 4 and give you the leadership qualities needed to take groups on advanced river journeys.

By the end of the course your paddling will have improved and you will be confident in ability to lead in these environments.

You will also have the understanding of the standard required to pass your five star kayak award we will cover

  • Efficient and effective on sight grade 3 river running skills (that will enable up to 20km to be led in one day)
  • The use of eddies
  • Positioning in the flow
  • Running drops
  • Using, or avoiding features to aid descent (inc. waves, stoppers, diagonals & tow back)
  • Paddle identified safe and realistic lines on grade 4 after inspection
  • White water roll
  • Boat and bank based safety and rescue skills
  • Incident management and first aid in the 5 star environment
  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues / incidents
  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
  • Safety awareness and risk management
  • Group control and management
  • Equipment
  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Group awareness and management
  • Water features / hazards
  • Navigation
  • Leadership responsibilities

Download and/or view the 5 Star Kayak Syllabus

Covering all aspects of the BC Advanced Kayak Leader syllabus. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award.