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BCU 1 star syllabus

1 Star Syllabus


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.


Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is

desirable but not essential). If under 14 the British Canoeing Paddlepower program

may be more appropriate.


This award can be taken in any type of paddlesport craft, including:

  • ·         Solo and crew boats of all descriptions
  • ·         All competition craft
  • ·         Sit-on-tops
  • ·         Stand up paddle boards


Any updated British Canoeing Coach.

Assessment Venue

A very sheltered or sheltered water venue.

Technical Syllabus

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills

A.1 Lifting, carrying and launching

A.2 Forward paddling over a distance of 100m

A.3 Steering and controlling

A.4 Return to the bank and get out

Part B – Rescue Skills

B.1 Capsize the craft and be rescued or swim to the shore (whichever is most appropriate to the

craft and conditions)

B.2 Emptying boats

Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

C.1 Personal risk management

C.2 Awareness of others

C.3 Provide evidence of 1 journey of about 1 hour (3 km) duration

(this could take place during the assessment)

Part D – Theory

D.1 Equipment

D.2 Safety

D.3 Wellbeing, health and first aid

D.4 Access

D.5 Environment

D.6 General

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