British Canoeing Qualifications

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British Canoeing Qualifications

British Canoe 1 Star Award Training and Assessment

The British Canoeing 1 Star is a clear stepping-stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of 6 hours quality water time. You will have the opportunity to use a variety of water craft throughout the day such as stand up paddle boards, canoes and kayak.

Prerequisites
Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is desirable but not essential). If under 14 the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.

Location Parc Bryn Bach
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 8
Age 14 plus
Cost £65
Dates
Please contact us to arrange a convenient day.

1 Star Assessment
Download Document: 1 Star Assessment Notes [pdf]


British Canoe 2 Star Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.
Prerequisites
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.
Candidates must have experience of British Canoeing 1 Star Skills in both kayak and open canoe
Note – If under 14, the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.
Location Parc Bryn Bach
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 16 plus
Cost £130 plus accomodation
Dates
25th -26th March 2017
19th – 20th April 2017
30th – 31st May 2017
27th – 28th August 2017
14th – 15th October 2017


British Canoe 2 Star Assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddle sport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.

Candidates must have experience of:

• Paddling two different craft (e.g. surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave-ski, flat-hulled boat, v-shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak)
• Paddling in two different locations (e.g. canal, river, loch/lake, or sea; different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations)
• Competing in two paddle sport competitions (e.g. club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle, bell-boat etc.) OR completing two journeys of approx. 2 hours duration

Note – If under 14, the British Canoeing Paddle power program may be more appropriate.

Craft
This award is obtained by demonstrating performance in both a kayak and a canoe. Any style of kayak or canoe is permissible, e.g. open cockpit, sit-on-top, v-shaped hull or flat bottomed etc. (Each person in a doubles crew must perform each task from both the bow and stern).

Prerequisites
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.
Location Parc Bryn Bach Lake
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65
Dates
For information on available activity dates please call us on 01495 355920 or email adventure@aneurinleisure.org.uk

Feedback
“Had a fantastic 2 Star Course at Parc Bryn Bach, Jon and Steve went out of their way to be accomodating and the training I received was excellent!” Rebecca Davey

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Download Document: 2 Star Assessment Notes [pdf]


British Canoe 3 Star Open Canoe Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of beaufort force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a let group.

Craft
A traditional open canoe suitable for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks, paddled solo and tandem. (A candidate may take a tandem only route if their ability to paddle solo is impaired)

Prerequisites
British Canoe 2 Star Award or equivalent

Location Parc Bryn Bach lake, Wye Valley
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 16 plus
Cost £130 plus accommodation
Dates
11th – 12th February 2017
15th – 16th April 2017
30th – 1st October 2017

Feedback
“Recently went on my 3 Star Canoe Course with my three friends from work had a brilliant time and learnt a lot at this fantastic centre, really friendly staff, great facilities and venue.  Would highly recommend and hope to be bach soon” James Addis


British Canoe 3 Star Open Canoe Assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of beaufort force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a let group.

Craft
A traditional open canoe suitable for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks, paddled solo and tandem. (a candidate may take a tandem only route if their ability to paddle solo is impaired)

Prerequisites
• Provide evidence of at least 3 different open canoe journeys, of about 3 hours duration (10km)each; at least 1 of these need to be in open water environment and 1 on a river trip.
• A consistent British canoeing 2 star award standard of performance in an open canoe award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British canoeing 2 star award
• The ability to swim confidently in the open water and river environment, wearing normal paddling clothes

Location Parc Bryn Bach, Wye Valley
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65
Dates
25th February 2017
18th April 2017
8th October 2017

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Download Document: 3 Star Open Canoe Assessment Notes [pdf]


British canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Training

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an Intermediate White Water Kayak Paddler, 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 a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.

Prerequisites
A consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award
The ability to swim confidently in moving water, wearing normal paddling clothes.

Location River Usk
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £130 plus accomodation
Dates
4th – 5th February 2017
16th – 17th September 2017
21st – 22nd October 2017


British canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak assessment

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate white water kayak paddler, 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 a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.

Prerequisites

Candidates should provide evidence of at least 8-10 paddling sessions (minimum 40 hours) in varied locations where possible; this should include evidence of having paddled grade 2 water
A consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award
The ability to swim confidently in moving water, wearing normal paddling clothes Craft

Location River Usk
Duration 1 Day
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65
Dates
22nd February 2017
24th September 2017
5th November 2017

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Foundation Safety and Rescue Course

This training course aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common emergencies. These skills form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing qualifications.

The award has two purposes:
• To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others
• To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of their chosen craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the paddlers with the tools to solve simple paddling problems.

Prerequisites

Boat-based participants need to either hold the current British Canoeing 2 Star Award or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course
Bank-based participants accessing the course are not required to hold the British Canoeing 2 Star Award; however, they should be prepared to fully participate in all relevant aspects of the course
Be able to swim in normal paddling clothing suitable for the prevailing conditions
Be a minimum of 14 years of age
A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers

Location Parc Bryn Bach Lake
Duration 2 Days
Maximum Group Size 6
Age 14 plus
Cost £65
Dates
14th May 2017
2nd June 2017
4th November 2017

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Download Document: Foundation Safety and Rescue Training Syllabus [pdf]

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