Intermediate Canoe - BCU 3 Star Skills Training

Are you a flat water paddler who wants to move on to white water and up your skill level? If so, this course is for you. We will take your existing paddling skills and transfer them to moving water. The 3 Star is a prerequiste for UKCC Level 2 Coach.

At 3 Star level you are considered to be an intermediate canoeist and a competent member of a group. In a relaxed informative atmosphere learn the skills of dealing with river flow, open water in wind conditions, and rescues. At the end of the weekend you will leave with a better understanding of and the confidence in paddling on open and simple moving water within a group.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to develop your flat water skills and transfer them to moving water. The course will be undertaken on moving water up to grade 1. During the weekend we will follow the sylabus of the BCU 3* Open Canoe Award.


What's in the course?

The course will cover the following topics:

  • Lifting carrying launching landing
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Efficient reverse paddling
  • Moving sideways, both static and on the move
  • Supporting, both static and on the move
  • Turns whilst on the move
  • Entering, crossing and exiting a simple flow
  • Poling
  • Sailing
  • Rescues
  • Use of Throw Lines & Other Rescue Equipment
  • Structured feedback

There is no assessement during the course but you will be given feedback on your skills and an action plan of what to do next.

What experience do I need?

You should be a competent paddler before attending this course, holding the BCU 2* or equivalent experience (equal to several days paddling).
Be able to swim in normal paddlesport clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions.

What equipment do I need?

We will supply canoe, buoyancy aid, paddle, pole and helmet if required but we encourage you to bring your own. Please be suitable dressed for the environment (contact us if not sure). Hot and Cold drinks will be provided, bring your own lunch / snacks.

Lunch can be provided at an extra cost.

If you have them:

  • Throwline
  • Rescue knife
  • Sling
  • Whistle
  • Plastic survival bag

Coach to Paddler Ratio
Maximum coach to paddler ratio 1:6

Course Dates and Venues

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