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BCU Awards

We offer you the opportunity to obtain the following BCU awards...

Paddlesport Start

New qualification for beginners

The level required for Paddlesport Start is that paddlers take part in an organized warm-up led by the coach. Training should cover how best for the paddler to get into and out of (or on and off) the craft for the environment they are paddling in.

Paddlesport Discover

Formerly 1 Star Award

Taking you on the next steps towards becoming an independent paddler, for a fun and safe time on the water. Developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; developing your decision making and practical skills, giving you confidence on the water.

Paddlesport Explore

Formerly 2 Star Award

Your Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport.

BCU Coaching Awards

We also offer the following BCU coaching awards

Paddlesport Instructor

Level 1

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.

Sheltered Water Coach

The Coach Awards are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment. The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.