Our aims are to teach you to paddle and enable you to do your own Kayaking/Open Canoeing. You will be taught in small groups by qualified British Canoe Union (BCU) Coaches.

It is possible for absolute beginners to gain a BCU 1 Star award over a couple of days either on a weekend course, or over two single days. To achieve the more advanced awards requires further experience, so attend a couple of weekends, or additional days, and with our coaches’ guidance work towards the necessary skills.

Weekend 6 is held in Wales (with indoor accommodation), covering introduction to and further experience in moving (white) water, including training and assessment in BCU 3 Star or BCU 3 Star Open Canoe, with the option to gain experience even beyond the 3 Star qualifications.

Courses 2018

Course Availability Location Price
BCU 1 Star Training & Assessment Weekend 1 (11th - 13th May)
Weekend 2 (15th - 17th June)
Weekend 3 (6th - 8th July)
Weekend 4 (31st August - 2nd September)
Weekend 5 (14th - 16th September)
Bewl Water £51 weekend
£31 Saturday
BCU 2 Star Training & Assessment
BCU 3 Star Training
BCU Foundation Safety & Rescue Test
Canoeing Practice Day (Need a minimum of BCU 1 Star)
BCU 3 Star Training & Assessment Weekend 6 (23rd - 25th November) Wales £95 weekend*
BCU 4 Star Training & Assessment

* Price includes food and accommodation and could vary depending on numbers attending.

Training & Assessment

You will paddle both Kayaks and Open Canoes, across a mixture of sessions.

Absolute beginners usually gain a BCU 1 Star award during a weekend or over two Saturdays. To achieve BCU 2 Star and above requires further experience/time on the water. Paddling across several days or weekends under our coaches’ guidance will help you to gain the necessary skills. For BCU 2 star and above you will need to show previous awards and journey log.

For BCU 1 and 2 Star Passes a "Pass Slip" is given to Candidates to send to the BCU. For BCU 3 Star and FSRT Passes candidates should bring a cheque payable to 'British Canoe Union', which your Coach then sends to the BCU.