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2 Star Award

Our 2 Star Award is an improvement award which supports the development of fundamental paddlesport skills on sheltered water.

It recognises a paddler’s understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact and their ability to control movement of both canoes and kayaks using fundamental skills.


Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and have experience of:

  • Paddling two different craft – surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave‐ski, flat‐hulled boat, v‐shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak
  • Paddling in two different locations – canal, river, loch/lake, or sea. Different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations
  • Competing in two paddlesport competitions – club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle bell‐boat etc. OR completing two journeys of approx. two hours duration


Candidates who successfully complete the 2 Star Assessment will receive a Star Award Pass Slip from the provider. Completed Pass Slips will need to be returned to the provider’s Home Nation Association. For providers in England these should be sent to British Canoeing, National Water Sports Centre, Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham NG12 2LU together with the certification fee:

  • £6 for members
  • £7 for non-members

British Canoeing will then issue a 2 Star Certificate to the candidate. Providers can request Pass Slips free of charge by emailing [email protected].

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