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The BCU Three Star award is an intermediate award. The course will provide you with training to help you become competent at paddling your canoe on open water in conditions up to Force 2-3 and ungraded rivers with a discernable green flow. This is a 2 day course.

2 Day course. Cost £100 based on minimum booking of four people

Run as a 2 day course covering a range of key skills that will help you take your open canoeing to a new level and will provide a foundation that will stand you in good stead for whatever adventures lie ahead.

During the 2 days we’ll cover the following areas:

  • Efficient forward paddling – Acceleration, Cruising and Knifed Strokes
  • Efficient reverse paddling – Acceleration and Control
  • Turning on the move
  • Sideways – static and on the move
  • Support – static and on the move
  • Beyond the Paddle - Sailing, Poling & Ropes
  • Wind, Current and Trim
  • Capsize, swim and self rescue
  • Deep water rescues
  • Towing and use of towline
  • Open water journey in Force 3 wind as part of a led group
  • Theory elements of the award

Courses usually take place on the River Medway between Tonbridge and Allington and Leybourne Lakes. We also use the River Stour at Canterbury if tides allow.

If you do not have your own equipment we can supply this at a small extra charge.

For more details of the 3 Star Toruing Canoe Award check the Syllabus, Training Notes and Assessment Notes using the links below.


Training Notes

Assessment Notes

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