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:
cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave-ski, flat-hulled boat, v-shaped
hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak)
bodies of water can be counted as two different locations)
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.
A sheltered water venue.
Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
A.1 Lifting, carrying and launching
A.2 Efficient forward paddling
A.4 Manoeuvring in a confined space
A.5 Moving sideways
A.6 Preventing a capsize
A.8 Returning to the bank and getting out
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.3 Wellbeing, health and first aid