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3 Star Touring (Kayak/Canoe)

Available as both a Canoe and a Kayak based award, successful performance at 3 Star level indicates that a paddler can consider themselves to be an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner, having demonstrated personal competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues. This award is available as either a 3 Star Touring Kayak Award or a 3 Star Touring Canoe Award.

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These include open water in conditions of winds up to Beaufort Force 3, and/or ungraded rivers that have a discernible green flow.


3 Star paddlers must:

  • Provide evidence of at least three different flat‐water journeys of about three hours duration (10km) each. At least one of these needs to be in an open water environment, and one on a river trip.
  • Provide evidence of at least one session of about three hours duration in an alternative discipline
  • Maintain consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Touring Award. It is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award
  • Have the ability to swim confidently in flat and open water, wearing normal paddling clothing


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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