Penzance Canoe Club offer a 4 session beginner’s courses from April to the end of October with each course being assessed for the BCU 1 star award on completion.
If you are interested in joining a course then please send an email to the Introduction Course Coordinator. You will be contacted with more information and your name will be added to the club waiting list to keep you informed on any course spaces as they come up.
All Penzance canoe Club Coaches are ‘British Canoe Union’ Certified
BCU UKCC Level 1 or above Certified Coaches in Paddlesport.
The 1 Star is a clear stepping stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the one star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of six hours quality water time.
The award is obtained by taking the assessment in any style of kayak or canoe
Candidates must be water confident and ideally should be able to swim. This is desirable but not essential. If under 14 the learning program of Paddle Power might be more appropriate.
Part A - Personal Paddling Skills
Lift, carry and launching
Forward paddling over a distance of 100m
Steering and controlling
Return to the bank and get out
Part B–Rescue Skills
As appropriate (dependent on craft and conditions) capsize and be rescued
or swim to the shore as appropriate.
Part C Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
Personal risk management
Awareness of others
Provide evidence of one journey of about 1 hour (3 km) duration
(This will take place during the assessment)
Part D – Theory
A number of questions will be asked to check your paddlesport knowledge on the following:
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