BC 3 Star Awards and the new syllabus BC Leader Awards.

The Courses

The Paddlesport Leader Award is the latest addition to British Canoeing’s existing leadership qualifications and will specifically be aimed at people leading others in a sheltered water environment, such as canals, ungraded sections of rivers, estuaries, small lakes and lochs. 

The 3 star award indicates you can be considered an intermediate paddler and competent member of a group to be led in moderate water environments .

The 3 star award indicates you can be considered an intermediate paddler and competent member of a group to be led in moderate water environments.

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an able improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

Training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service.

Formaly known as the 4 Star Canoe, this 2 day course will fine tune your personal skills on grade 2 water and ensure that you are effective with dealing with wind on open water.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Canoe, this Canoe Leader training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

This course also includes the BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (WWSR) course.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Canoe Assessment. We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak, this is a course to fine tune your personal skills on grade 2/3 water and a qualification which allows you to safely lead groups - all in one!

Formerly known as the BC 4 Star Award, this training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

This course also includes the BCU White Water Safety & Rescue (WWSR) course.

Formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak Award. We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable.

This course delivers the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short, single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4.

The British Canoeing 4 Star course gives you the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.

Formerly known as the 5 Star Canoe Award, this training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service. The idea is that you are assessed in early March with a pass.

Covering all aspects of the Advanced Canoe Leader syllabus. Formerly known as the 5 Star Canoe Award.

The BC Advanced Kayak Leader award indicates you have entered the top level of performance. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award .

Covering all aspects of the BC Advanced Kayak Leader syllabus. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award.