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 2 Star Award
To recognise 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 Force 4) is of the standard of an able improving sea paddler and beyond that of the beginner.
A consistent BCU Two Star kayak standard of performance is appropriate for anyone
starting to work towards the BCU Three Star Sea Kayak award.
Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea, of about 3 hours duration (8nm) each. Provide evidence of at least 1 session of about 3 hours duration, in an alternative discipline
A closed cockpit kayak, or sit-on-top suitable for journeying on the sea.
Personal equipment carried by an able improving sea paddler and appropriate to the conditions and the remit of the award is required.
The assessment will take place during a suitable sea journey, with wind up to and including Force 4, Sea State 3.
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.
Personal Paddling Skills
Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
Efficient forward paddling
Reverse paddling, stopping
Contact tows and use of towline
Eskimo rescue (self-rescue if using a sit-on-top)
Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
Personal risk management
Awareness of others
Paddle as part of a led group
Hypothermia / first aid
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
Use a compass to paddle on a bearing
Ability to calculate distance and paddling time
Penzance Canoe Club offer BCU 3 Star award courses to club members only. Club members are trained during club nights and other club events and assessments are run on an as required basis.
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