British Canoeing Courses

British Canoeing (BC) is the national body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK. Way2Go Adventures offer a variety of BC courses from Paddlepower for children up to 14yrs through to the BC Star Awards training and assessment courses. All our courses are delivered to a high standard and progression to a higher level develops naturally. We find that learning is enhanced with fun and practical courses.

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British Canoeing 1Star Award:

This is a one day course where you will learn and develop the basic skills in canoe or kayak at an introduction level. You will gain a good, solid base to develop your skills further.

British Canoeing 2Star Award:

This is a four day course where you will improve your skills in both canoe and kayak. You will build confidence in controlling the boat and gain vital knowledge and experience to progress further within the sport.

British Canoeing 3Star Award Training:

This is a two day course in your chosen discipline of open canoe, white water kayak, surf kayak, sea kayak or touring kayak where you will add to what you have learnt in the previous courses. The two days will cover all the practical and theory relevant to your chosen discipline. This will include trip planning, navigation, boat skills and rescues.

British Canoeing 3Star Award Assessment:

This is a one day assessment where our assessor will evaluate your skills against the 3 star criteria and develop your skills further. You will be given useful feedback and advice on what to do next.

British Canoeing 4Star Award Training:

This is a two day leadership award in your chosen discipline. It will cover paddling, leadership, navigation and rescue to prepare you for your assessment. There are certain pre-requisites to complete before you can be assessed.

British Canoeing 4Star Award Assessment: 

This is a two day assessment. One of the days will be spent assessing your personal paddling skills and further training from the assessor. The second day will be focused on you leading a group of volunteers on a trip. You will receive feedback from both aspects of the assessment.

British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT): 

This is a one day course perfect for people who hire boats or have their own boats and who enjoy paddlesports. You will learn the correct ways to use throw lines and tow lines; perform rescues and be rescued; as well as discussing the safety equipment that is currently available. You should be at the 2 Star standard to take this course. (Pre-requisite for BC UKCC Level 1 Coach Award).

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British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR):

This is a two day course covering safe paddling on grade 2/3 white water and is generic for kayak and canoe. You will learn the correct use of chest harnesses and throw lines; how to swim safely; rope work; rescues; plus lots of tricks to overcome the possible problems that you may encounter on river trips. As you will be in the water for most of the day you will need to bring suitable clothes to get wet in (wetsuit, dry top and bottoms or drysuit) and normal paddling kit. You should be at the 3 Star standard to take this course. (Pre-requisite for BC 4Star Open Canoeing and White Water Kayaking Assessments)

British Canoeing Coastal Navigation and Planning:

This is a one day course which covers charts, maps, compass work, tides, currents, buoys, lighting and time planning. It will include a short practical session on deck-top navigation and will also touch on GPS and VHF radio. (Pre-requisite for BC 4Star Sea Kayaking Assessment)

British Canoeing Course Documents This is a link to the BC website where you can download BC course notes.


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