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Overview

The Paddlepower award scheme is a colourful and youth centred series of personal performance awards designed to meet the needs of young people.

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Paddlepower

Are you aged 16 or under and looking for a fun and exciting award while developing your canoeing skills?

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Expand Star Awards

Overview

The British Canoeing Star Awards are designed for paddlers aged 16 and over.

1 and 2 star awards encourage paddlers to experience the various types of paddlesport available. Paddlers then 'specialise' in particular disciplines from the 3 Star Award onwards. The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence, while the 4 star and 5 star awards are leadership awards which enable paddlers to lead groups in appropriate conditions.

It is not essential to progress directly through the awards i.e. paddlers don't need to hold the lower award before progressing (other than at 5 Star).

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Paddlesport Start

Paddlesport Start is an encouragement award designed to provide a framework for a paddler’s first session.

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1 Star Award

The British Canoeing 1 Star Award is a sheltered water award which can be taken in any craft.

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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.

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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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3 Star Surf

Successful performance at this level indicates the candidate’s competence to surf in small friendly conditions across a range of beaches and varying tidal conditions, as part of a led group.

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3 Star Open Canoe

With our 3 Star Open Canoe Award paddlers can consider themselves to be an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner.

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3 Star White Water (Kayak/OC1)

With the 3 Star White Water Award the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate white water paddler, as they can now paddle on moving waters. This award is available as either a 3 Star White Water Kayak Award or a 3 Star White Water OC1 Award

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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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3 Star Freestyle (Kayak/Canoe)

Available as both a Canoe and a Kayak based award, successful performance at this level indicates the paddler understands the core competencies of freestyle and can perform at a base level.

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3 Star Wild Water Racing

Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate white water kayak paddler, as they can now paddle on moving waters.

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Expand Safety Training

Overview

These Safety Training courses can be completed by anyone wishing to learn the skills that ensure you and your fellow paddlers are safer out on the water. Whether you’re a coach, leader or paddler, staying safe on the water is fundamental to enjoying the sport.

Our safety courses are prerequisites for many of British Canoeing’s leadership and coaching awards. 

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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option.

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White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The White Water Safety and Rescue Training is designed for all paddlers operating in white water environment, either in a kayak or canoe.

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Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is specifically designed around the needs of white water paddlers.

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Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue Training

Advanced Surf Safety and Rescue Training is aimed at surf paddlers operating in moderate to advanced water environments.

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Expand Navigation Training

Overview

The navigation and tidal planning courses detailed below offer an opportunity for paddlers to develop fundamental skills for planning and undertaking journeys in the sea environment.

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Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

This Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course is designed for paddlers carrying out coastal journeys including islands up to 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of tidal movement up to up to 2 knots and winds of up to force 4.

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Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning

Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning training is designed for paddlers carrying out open water journeys including islands over 2 nautical miles offshore in areas of strong tidal movement of 3+ knots and/or including winds of up to force 5.

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