BCU 2 Star

2 Star Award Training
This course aims to provide training in the skills required to pass the BCU 2 star award. The two star award is a combined award, having elements that are taken in both canoe and kayak. It is one of the pre-requisites for attendance at the lower levels of coach education in the BCU system.

The two star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddle sport skills on flat water. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, creating the desired movement of the boat and developing an understanding into how the paddle, boat and water interact.

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course however, your previous experience in both canoe and kayak will influence the content and time scale for your action plan. This will be designed for you at the end of the course to prepare you for assessment.

The full BCU syllabus is available on the BCU website at www.bcu.org.uk.

Course content
We will use local flat water venues, and our purpose built heated training pool if appropriate. Our high staff to student ratio ensures that you receive individual attention throughout the course. The course will cover:

Personal Paddling Skills

Lifting, carrying & launching both canoe and kayaks
Efficient forward paddling in both canoes and kayaks
Steering a canoe and kayak
Manoeuvering in a confined space
Moving sideways
Preventing a capsize
Turning a canoe and kayak
Return to the bank and get out
SecuringRescue Skills Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

Capsize, swim and self-rescue
Personal risk management
Awareness of others
An assessed accompanied sheltered water journeyTheory

Hypothermia/First aid
Group Awareness