British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak Training & Assessment

British Canoeing 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 & Training Notes.

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.

British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak Assessment

This one day course is the assessment for the British Canoeing 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.

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.

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.

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