Training

Three Star Award

Successful performance at BCU Three Star level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner. 

Unlike the existing award, this will be discipline specific with awards in Sea Kayak, Surf,  Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Flat Water Kayak (touring) 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.

Three star – White water kayak

Aim - Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate KAYAKER, as they can now paddle on moving waters. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of the trip while being led down a section of a grade 2 river.

Prerequisites -  Evidence of having paddled on grade 2 rivers, at least 3 journeys on sheltered water and 3 on moving water (10km or 4 hours duration) -  Experience of group paddling etiquette/ leadership within a smaller group of 3 or more similar standard paddlers and an experienced coach – Two star award is not essential though preferred.

Three Star - White Water Kayak - Syllabus

Three star  - Open Canoe

Aim - Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate CANOE PADDLER. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of force 2-3 and on simple moving water as part of a led group.

Prerequisites -  Evidence of at least 3 different journeys in open canoe, each of about 3 hours duration (10km each) with at least 1 of these in an open water environment  -  Two star award is preferred.

Three Star - Open Canoe - Syllabus

Three star – Sea Kayak

Aim - To recognise the level of skill, understanding and knowledge demonstrated (whilst journeying in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group with winds no more than force 4) is of the standard of an able improving SEA PADDLER and beyond that of the beginner

Notes - Leeds Canoe club, does not currently offer Sea kayaking, neither do we exclude sea kayaking, if you wish to participate in this discipline, we will try and assist with finding other club members with a similar nautical bent.

Three Star - Sea Kayak - Syllabus

Three star – Surf

Aim - Successful performance at this level indicates the candidate’s competence to cope with uk surf conditions across a range of beaches and varying tidal conditions.

Prerequisites - Two star award is preferred – Provide evidence of at least 3 surfing sessions in more than one location.

Notes - Leeds Canoe club, does not currently offer a surf kayaking course, however we do participate in Surf kayaking, if you wish to be formally trained in this discipline it can be arranged.

Three Star - Surf - Syllabus

Three star – Touring

Aim – Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate PADDLER rather than a beginner: the candidate having demonstrated personal competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues. These include open water in conditions of winds up to force 2-3, and ungraded rivers that have a discernable green flow.

Prerequisites – Provide evidence of at least 3 different flat-water journeys of about 3 hours duration (10kM each) with at least one of these in an open water environment – Provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline.

Notes - Leeds Canoe club, does not currently offer a Touring course, however members of the club do, if you wish to be formally trained in this discipline it can be arranged, so long as there is enough interest.

Three Star - Touring - Syllabus

 

Planned Three Star Courses

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