British Canoeing 2 Star Award


The British Canoeing 2 Star Award is an improvement award which supports the development of fundamental paddlesport skills on sheltered water.

It recognises a paddler’s understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact and their ability to control movement of both canoes and kayaks using fundamental skills.

For more information about the British Canoeing 2 star award please visit the British Canoeing Website: BC 2 Star Award

Course Content:

This two day course will typically run from 9:30am – 4:30pm on each day. It will cover all aspects of the 2 star syllabus:

BC 2 Star Syllabus

Pre-course requirements:

Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a buoyancy aid and have experience of:

  • Paddling two different craft – surf kayak, closed cockpit kayak, open cockpit kayak, closed cockpit canoe, solo/tandem open canoe, racing boat, wave‐ski, flat‐hulled boat, v‐shaped hull, slalom boat, polo boat, or sea kayak
  • Paddling in two different locations – canal, river, loch/lake, or sea. Different parts of large bodies of water can be counted as two different locations
  • Competing in two paddlesport competitions – club level event, slalom, polo, sprint, freestyle bell‐boat etc. OR completing two journeys of approx. two hours duration


This is a practical course and a lot of time will be spent spent on the water.  All specialist kit * will be provided but please feel free to bring your own if you have it.

  • *Boat/*Paddle
  • *Wetsuit /drysuit
  • *Canoeing cag
  • *Buoyancy aid
  • *Helmet
  • Wetboots / trainers that will get wet
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat
  • Flask
  • Any medication you require

Course Dates: 

2nd – 3rd June 2018

14th – 15th July 2018

15th – 16th September 2018

Cost: Please email our DofE and Course Co-ordinator on for prices and availability.

Please note that courses need a min number of 4 candidates to run.

Venue: Anderton Centre, New Road, Nr Chorley PR6 9HG

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