All Penzance canoe Club Coaches are ‘British Canoe Union’ Certified

BCU UKCC Level 1 or above Certified Coaches in Paddlesport.

PZCC Sea Kayak BCU 3 Star Courses

Course details:

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.

Assessment Venue

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

Maintaining direction

Changing direction

Moving sideways




Rescue Skills

Deep-water rescue

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



Sea safety


Hypothermia / first aid




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


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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