Course: BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment.
Dates: February 22, 2016.
Location: Anglesey, North Wales.
Cost: £75 non-residential.
Prerequisites: British Canoeing 2 Star Sea Kayak standard is the appropriate level of performance for paddlers to begin working towards the British Canoeing 4 Star Sea Kayak Leader;
Provide evidence of at least three different journeys on the sea, of about three hours duration (eight nautical miles) each; Have the ability to swim confidently in the sea environment, wearing normal paddling clothes.
Note: The information below is an overview of what is covered during the assessment and we recommend you access the latest syllabus for reference.
Description: This one day discipline specific test is designed to show that a successful candidate has the appropriate level of skill to paddle safely in moderate water conditions on coastal journeys, and they may consider themselves an intermediate sea kayaker. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip in this environment. The assessment will be against criteria set out in the BCU 3 Star Sea syllabus and will cover the following:
Personal Paddling Skills
• Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
• Efficient forward paddling
• Reverse paddling, stopping
• Maintaining direction
• Changing direction
• Moving sideways
• Deep-water rescue
• Contact tows and use of tow line
• Eskimo rescue (self rescue sit on top)
Safety, Leadership and Group Skills
• Personal risk management
• Awareness of others
• Paddle as part of a led group
• Sea safety
• Hypothermia/First Aid
• Group awareness
• General knowledge
BCU Information: For syllabus details, visit the British Canoeing website.