The British Canoeing 1 Star course is designed to teach you all the foundation skills and knowledge you need you be able to get into a canoe or kayak in sheltered water. It is a flat-water award and shows the new paddler has basic boat control and the skills base to progress from.
This is ideal for those wishing to progress on from our Try Kayaking or for those that are wishing to start on the first step of British Canoeing’s star award system.
The one day course is run in both canoes and kayaks so that you learn the best way to control a craft floating on the water. On top of gaining the one star award, you will spend a gorgeous day messing about on water in a variety of boats. It’s a great fun safe introduction to the sport.
We will look at the basics of choosing and fitting the right personal gear, how to launch and recover your boat, paddling forwards and backwards, turning and steering, and a bit of journeying.
If you would like to take the BC 1 Star Award but have never been kayaking and feel like you’d like to experience the sport before taking the award, why not Try Kayaking to get you started?
The course Syllabus is available from the British Canoeing or Canoe Scotland websites. Certification fees are not included in the price, which are currently £6 for BC/SCA members and £7 for non-members.
To ensure you get the most out of your activity, we ask that participants meet some minimum abilities.
- Being capable of swimming 25m with a buoyancy aid is preferred, but if not participants should at least be comfortable being in the water wearing a buoyancy aid.
If you have any questions, please get in touch. We are usually able to accommodate a diverse range of special requirements.
For introductory activities, we provide all the activity and safety equipment you need. With more advanced courses you may be expected to have some of your own personal equipment; see the Kit List for information. Whether it’s the latest gear, great instruction or comfy accommodation, we aim to provide you with the best we can.
- Buoyancy Aid
- Waterproof Cag
- Canoes, Kayaks & Paddles
As well as the activity equipment, you can rest assured that our experienced instructors carry all the necessary group safety equipment, and are covered by a comprehensive insurance policy.
Here is a quick guide to what you need to bring with you for the activity. A full kit list is included with your information pack provided after booking.
- Trainers For Getting Wet (Lace Up Type)
- Spare Dry Change Of Clothes & Shoes
- Warm Outer Layers (For Afterwards)
- Snacks/Meals & Drinks (These May Not Be Available At the Location)
If you are struggling with any specialist equipment, then please get in touch, and we may be able to assist.