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3 Star Sea (Kayak/Sit-on-top)

With our 3 Star Sea Award paddlers can consider themselves as an able and improving sea paddler rather than a beginner.

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During assessment, paddlers should be able to demonstrate personal competence when paddling in wind conditions of no more than Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3 as part of a led group. This award is available as either a 3 Star Sea Kayak Award or a 3 Star Sea Sit-on-top Award


3 Star Sea candidates must:

  • Provide evidence of at least three different journeys on the sea, of about three hours duration (eight nautical miles) each
  • Maintain consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft before starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star Sea Kayak or Sit-on-top Award. It is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award
  • Have the ability to swim confidently in the sea environment, wearing normal paddling clothes


3 Star Certificates are issued to successful candidate by British Canoeing following a recommendation from the course provider, subject to the following Certification fees:

  • £12 for members
  • £25 for non-members

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