Personal Skills

Whatever your preferred paddlesport craft or environment, having the skills to put your boat where you want it, when you want it adds immensely to your enjoyment on the water and the British Canoeing Star Awards offer an ideal route to developing your personal skills and confidence.

The British Canoeing 1 Star (introductory) and 2 Star (improver) are generic awards taken on sheltered water and will be the starting point for many, however gaining a 3 Star Award is the mark of the intermediate paddler who has honed their skills in a canoe or kayak in open and moving water environments and can confidently take their craft further afield. Successful completion of one of the courses listed below will lead to certification either as 3 Star Touring Canoe or 3 Star Touring Kayak demonstrating specialism in the craft of your choice.

Intermediate / 3 Star Award

Successful performance in the British Canoeing 3 Star Award indicates that a paddler can consider themselves as an intermediate canoeist or kayaker rather than a beginner. To achieve the award candidates will have demonstrated personal competence in paddling on open water in wind conditions of up to Beaufort Force 3 and/or on ungraded rivers that have a discernable green flow.


For training

  • A consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard in the appropriate craft.

For assessment

  • Provide evidence of at least three different flat-water journeys, of about three hours duration (10km) each with at least one of these in an open water environment and one on a river trip.
  • Provide evidence of about three hours duration in an alternative discipline.
  • The ability to swim confidently in flat and open water wearing normal paddling clothing.

Please note a certification fee of £25 (£12 British Canoeing members) is payable to British Canoeing on successful completion of the assessment.

For the full syllabus and training/assessment notes visit

Personal clothing and equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for each day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling equipment, including a buoyancy aid, canoe pole and towline or tow system if you have these.

If you are unable to bring your own boat, paddle or buoyancy aid, please advise this when booking onto the course.

If you are seeking assessment at the reduced certification fee please also bring your British Canoeing membership card (or evidence of national association membership).

Course dates

Dates available by arrangement contact:, tel: 07730 852760