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BCU 2 star syllabus

2 Star Syllabus


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.


Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid.

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 paddlesport 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 Paddlepower program may be more appropriate.


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).


British Canoeing 2 Star Provider.

Assessment Venue

A sheltered water venue.

Technical Syllabus

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills

A.1 Lifting, carrying and launching

A.2 Efficient forward paddling

A.3 Steering

A.4 Manoeuvring in a confined space

A.5 Moving sideways

A.6 Preventing a capsize

A.7 Turning

A.8 Returning to the bank and getting out

A.9 Securing

Part B – Rescue Skills

B.1 Capsize, swim and self-rescue

B.2 Rescue a capsized paddler

Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

C.1 Personal risk management

C.2 Awareness of others

C.3 An assessed accompanied sheltered water journey

Part D – Theory

D.1 Equipment

D.2 Safety

D.3 Wellbeing, health and first aid

D.4 Access

D.5 Environment

D.6 Planning

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