Penzance Canoe Club offer BCU 2 Star award courses to club members only from April to the end of Oct. Club members are trained during club nights and other club events and assessments are run on an as required basis.
All Penzance canoe Club Coaches are ‘British Canoe Union’ Certified
BCU UKCC Level 1 or above Certified Coaches in Paddlesport.
Club Members Only
Requirements BCU 1 Star Award
This is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.
If under 14 one should consider the ‘Paddle power’ scheme.
The award is obtained by taking the assessment 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. Where a doubles crew takes the test, each person must perform each task from both the bow and stern.
BCU 1 Star Award
Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a Buoyancy Aid .
Have experience of paddling two different craft (Kayak and Canoe) at 2 different locations e.g. Canal, river, lake/loch, or sea, (different parts of large bodies of water will count as 2 locations)
2 local competitions
2 Journeys, any journey of 2 hour + duration
NB - Where a paddler or assessment candidate does not hold the lower level award a cross section of the skills and knowledge required for the lower level award should be incorporated within the training and the assessment process.
Part A - Personal Paddling Skills
Lift, carry and launch the kayak or canoe
Efficient forward paddling
Steering the kayak or canoe
Manoeuvre in a confined space
Preventing a capsize
Return to the bank and get out
Part B - Safety & Rescue
Capsize, swim and self rescue
Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
Personal risk management
Awareness of others
An assessed accompanied sheltered water journey
Part D – Theory
A number of questions will be asked to check your paddlesport knowledge on the following:
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