BCU Training & Awards

BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Training

This award recognises the differing needs of sea kayakers from other kayaking disciplines. As with the other 3 star courses, the emphasis of this 2 day course will now be on demonstrating applied skills in the real environment.

Day One we will meet at the Brighouse Bay campsite in Kirkcudbright for 9am. Folk normally arrive the night before and enjoy the camp facilities. Food is available in the clubhouse (beginning of Feb until  end of Dec), There are a few takeaways and a Tescos in Kirkcudbright Town.

The day will start with a look at equipment and boats. We will then spend the rest of the day on the water completing a short trip and covering all aspects of the syllabus before returning to the campsite about 5pm.

The evening session will cover the relevant theory aspects of the BCU Syllabus.

Day Two meet for a 9.30am start. Followed by a full day’s trip where we will complete all elements of the syllabus including emergency situations and rescues. We will aim to return to the campsite for 4.30pm. Showers are available followed by de-brief, tea and cakes in the clubhouse.

This course will cover personal paddling, safety & rescue skills, group leadership skills and appropriate theory.

We understand that everyone learns differently and we adapt our teaching style to ensure that all participants get the most out of the courses.

Trainees should be able to demonstrate a consistent 2 Star Kayak standard of performance as a minimum to be on this course.

BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Assessment

This one day course is the assessment for the BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak award.

Holders of this award will have to demonstrate the skills and knowledge to be an effective member of a group in sheltered sea conditions, with winds up to Force 3. This award is a requirement for 4 Star Sea Kayak training.

Follow these links for the BCU 3 Star Syllabus and Assessment Notes & Training Notes.

Candidates will need to demonstrate appropriate personal paddling skills, safety & rescue skills, leadership, group awareness and underpinning theoretical knowledge. The assessment will be conducted via task setting, observation and discussion in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Candidates must be at an appropriate standard for assessment, ideally they will have completed 3 Star training. and at least 3 different sea journeys of a minimum of 3 hours & a minimum of one 3 hour session in an alternative discipline must be completed before attempting this course.

Candidates should be aware and required to have the equipment for this award. Items are available to hire on request.

Greene Adventures 3 Star courses are normally run from Brighouse Bay Kirkcudbright, with wind up to Force 3. If the weather is unkind to us we will relocate to Loch Ken for practical work.

BCU 4 Star Sea Training

This course comprises the training element of the BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak award. The award is a leadership award in its own right. Holders of the 4 Star Sea certificate will be qualified to lead groups of up to 4 competent others in moderate sea conditions Please note that this is not a coaching award and is not deemed suitable by the BCU for introducing beginners to the sport.

Follow these links for the Syllabus and Training Notes.

People attending 4 star training must hold the BCU 3 star award or appropriate experience.

Content

The 2 day course will cover the following elements:

  • Coastal navigation and tidal planning course (prerequisite of this course.) Courses can be provided upon request. Also there is a BCU certification fee for the Navigation and Tidal Planning course, currently £5 for members.
  • Personal paddling
  • Leadership and group organisation
  • Boat set up and appropriate equipment
  • Safety and rescue
  • Environmental issues

Day one we will meet at the Brighouse Bay campsite, Kirkcudbright for 9am. Folk normally arrive the night before and enjoy the camp facilities. Food is available in the clubhouse.

The day will start with a look at equipment and boats. We will then spend the rest of the day on the water, completing a short trip covering all aspects of the syllabus before returning to the campsite about 5pm.

The evening session will cover the relevant theory aspects of the syllabus.

Day two meet for a 9.30am start. Followed by a full day’s trip where we will complete all elements of the syllabus including emergency situations and rescues. We will aim to return to the campsite for 4.30pm. Showers are available followed by de-brief, tea and cakes in the clubhouse.

This course will cover personal paddling, safety & rescue skills, group leadership skills and appropriate theory.

NB You may undertake the Coastal Navigation course separately from the practical 4 Star training. The prices for these different options are advertised on the Greene Adventures website.

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Assessment

This assessment course is for the BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Award. The responsibility of this qualification is significantly greater than its predecessor and now permits holders to lead a group of up to 4 competent others in moderate sea conditions. This is not a coaching award and it is not deemed suitable by the BCU for the introduction of beginners to the sport.

Follow these links for the Syllabus and Assessment notes & Training Notes for guidance.

Assessment will be through task setting, observation and discussion in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. A written paper is also part of the syllabus.

The assessment course will cover the following competencies:

  • Personal paddling skills
  • Safety and rescue
  • Leadership and group management
  • Theory (e.g. navigation, tidal planning, environment etc.)

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that they are aware of and meet the minimum requirements for this qualification:

  • Registration with the BCU for assessment (Form LR).
  • 4 Star training BCU Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Certificate or APL from the BCU.
  • Minimum 2 day First Aid certificate including CPR
  • Logged evidence of a minimum of 10 sea trips of at least 4 hours duration which have exposed the candidate to all conditions and environments covered by this award.
  • Logged evidence of a minimum of 5 trips, as above in the role of assistant leader.
  • An up-to-date and well organised log book.

Check the BCU website for a comprehensive list of requirements.

Day one we will meet at the Brighouse Bay campsite, Kirkcudbright for 9am. Folk normally arrive the night before and enjoy the camp facilities. Food is available in the clubhouse.

The day will start with a look at equipment and boats. We will then spend the rest of the day on the water, completing a short trip covering all aspects of the syllabus before returning to the campsite about 5pm.

The written paper will be undertaken during the evening.

Day two meet for a 9.30am start. Followed by a full day’s trip where we will complete all elements of the syllabus including emergency situations and rescues. We will aim to return to the campsite for 4.30pm. Showers are available followed by de-brief, tea and cakes in the clubhouse.

Greene Adventures 4 star courses are normally run from Brighouse Bay Kirkcudbright, with wind up to Force 4. If the weather is unkind to us we will relocate to Loch Ken for practical work.

We are happy to organise and run courses at a venue of your choice.

If you have any questions concerning the Training or Assessments then please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be happy to assist and advise you.

Please visit the Events Calendar for dates and costs.

Equipment & boats are available to hire if required.

We offer training, journeys, activity days and adventures in Sea kayaking, Mountaineering and Navigation. Based in the North Lake District, we operate throughout the UK and offer sea kayaking expeditions abroad.