BCU 1 Star Canoe/Kayak:
The 1 star course is designed as an introductory / encouragement award, set at the level typically reached by most people after an introductory course with around 6 hours on the water. There are no pre-requisites and candidates do not need to be members of the BCU or Canoe Wales. The award can be taken in any type of paddlesport craft and provides those new to the sport with a clear stepping stone towards becoming a competent paddler.
The PDFs below give more information on what is involved in the award.
BCU 2 Star Award:
The 2 Star award is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport 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. The course develops generic movement skills that can transfer to any paddling discipline and uses both a canoe and a kayak, broadening the skills of the participants.
BCU 3 Star Award:
Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner.
This is a discipline specific award that can cover Sea, Surf, Canoe, WW Kayak, FW Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water.
Working with young people with additional needs
We have some of the best additional needs facilities in the region and are the only local provider with adapted equipment and trained staff who can support young people with disabilities to fully participate in outdoor adventure learning and residential stays. We strive to ensure that the widest range of activities and programmes are available and accessible, even for young people with the most complex needs.