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Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner. The candidate having demonstrated personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of Beaufort Force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a led group.


  • Provide evidence of at least three different open canoe journeys, of about three hours duration (10Km) each; at least one of these needs to be in an open water environment, and one on a river trip
  • A consistent BCU 2 Star standard of performance in an open canoe is required for anyone starting to work towards the BCU 3 Star Open Canoe Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the BCU 2 Star Award
  • The ability to swim confidently in the open water and river environment, wearing normal paddling clothes

Cost: £125 (non-residential)

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