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.

Course details:

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.


Sheltered water

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

Moving sideways

Preventing a capsize


Return to the bank and get out


Part B - Safety & Rescue

Capsize, swim and self rescue

Peer 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:





Hypothermia/First aid    


PZCC Canoe and Kayak BCU 2 Star Courses

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