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BCU 3 Star Sea Kayaking Course

Mastered your 2 Star kayaking and ready to specialize? Step up to sea or whitewater qualification with the BCU 3 Star award

The 3 Star certification carries with it a high level of skills and leadership. Paddlers attaining this standard will be considered as intermediate kayakers - over the 3 to 4 days of training and assessment you will cover the techniques and knowledge for a specific discipline or environment - whether that be sea kayaking or inland and whitewater.

A 2 Star qualification is not essential prior to taking on the 3 Star award, however paddling must be of the equivalent standard, and we recommend most people will benefit from following this path - Liquid Leisure run regular 2 Star courses from the same centre in Beaulieu.

Sea-based training and assessments are run throughout the year. The course takes place in Dorset, and during your two days of training you will cover planning and navigation as well as technique lessons in moderate sea conditions. The assessment takes one further day, which is performed primarily on the water. A perfect course for club-level paddlers or those looking to progress their skills; kayaking in open water requires confidence in your abilities in the boat, and a degree of comfort swimming in deep waters (with a buoyancy aid).

Liquid Logistics will supply all the equipment required for the course, although you are welcome to bring your own boat or kit if you have them. The full syllabus, trainer notes and assessment notes for the courses can be downloaded here.

Due to the more specialised nature of this course, Liquid Leisure request that you contact them prior to booking.

Duration (Exact): 3 Days. The training is made up of a 2-day course, followed by a 1-day assessment, which can be taken at different points throughout the year.
Booking Availability: Liquid Logistics run this BCU course on weekends throughout the year. Once you have placed your order Liquid Logistics will contact you to confirm your booking dates and times.
What You'll Need: All equipment is provided, so simply bring food and drinks, as well as some active clothing and trainers you don't mind getting a bit wet! The centre will kit you up with kayaks, canoes,paddles, bouyancy aids, spray decks and weather protection (if required). Accommodation and all provisions outside of the course are not provided however, so you will have to arrange these prior to the course.
Ability Level Requirements: Anyone wishing to undertake BCU 3 Star training must be able to produce their 2 Star certification (or demonstrate kayaking and canoeing to a 2 Star level) prior to starting the course.
Physical Requirements: The BCU 3 Star award is an advanced canoe and kayaking certification; so participants must be aged 14 or over and mature enough to handle the course material.
Getting There: The location varies around the South-West of the UK - between Dorset, Dartmouth and North Wales, but you will be based from the Liquid Logistics HQ. There are also lots of cool places to stay in the area, from camping sites to funky treehouse accommodation - useful as you'll want to stay nearby for these two day courses!
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