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Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner, the candidate having demonstrated personal competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues. These include open water in conditions of winds up to Beaufort Force 3, and/or ungraded rivers that have a discernible green flow.


  • Provide evidence of at least three different flat-water 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
  • Provide evidence of at least one session of about three hours duration in an alternative discipline
  • A consistent BCU 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the BCU 3 Star Touring Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the BCU 2 Star Award
  • The ability to swim confidently in flat and open water, wearing normal paddling clothing

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