British Canoe Union 3-star Assessment


Fast Facts
Description: To recognize the level of skill, understanding, and knowledge demonstrated (whilst journeying in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group with winds no more than 15 knots) is the standard of an able improving sea paddler and beyond that of a beginner.
2015 Dates: Sat 22 noon- 4pm book now
Price: $120 + HST (Cost is included if you are registered in the BCU training course)
Prerequisites: None
Certification: BCU 3-star (equivalent to ACA Coastal Kayak III, Paddle Canada Level 2 skills)


The candidate must have personal equipment, appropriate for a competent member of a group undertaking a day’s journey on the sea, including;

  • A closed cockpit kayak or sit-on-top suitable for sea touring
  • Appropriate personal clothing (this may include a helmet)
  • Spare clothing
  • Food and drink 
  • A means of summoning external assistance and awareness of its limitations
  • Towline
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Basic repair kit
  • Exposure bag or emergency shelter 


The candidate is required to perform all skills on both sides. If the kayak is fitted with a rudder, it must be disabled for the duration of the assessment.

Part A - Personal Paddling Skills

  • Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Reverse paddling, stopping
  • Maintaining direction
  • Changing direction
  • Moving sideways
  • Supporting
  • Rolling
  • Securing

Part B - Rescue Skills

  • Deep-water rescue
  • Contact tows and use of towline
  • Eskimo rescue (self-rescue if using a sit-on-top)

Part C - Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Paddle as part of a led group

Part D - Theory

  • Equipment
  • Sea safety
  • Weather
  • Hypothermia / first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Group awareness
  • General Knowledge
  • Navigation, including;
    • Basic recognition of main buoyage
    • Basic knowledge of collision regulations and sound signals
    • Ability to identify position by using a grid reference and a latitude and longitude
    • Use a compass to paddle on a bearing
    • Ability to calculate distance and paddling time

It is not necessary to register for the skills course the week prior however advanced registration is necessary.

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