Belgium, Netherlands

You should be a keen paddler with 2 Star skills (please bring proof with you if you have the 2 star award but it is not essential). Previous experience of moving water is advantageous but not essential. Please bring your logbook with you.

Course Content
Over the first four days we will be using local coastal, estuary and open water venues to cover the 3 Star syllabus. Our high staff to student ratio ensures that you receive individual attention throughout the course. The course will cover:

Personal Paddling Skills

  • Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
  • Efficient forward paddling
  • Efficient reverse paddling and stopping
  • Maintaining direction
  • Changing direction
  • Moving sideways, both static and on the move
  • Supporting, both static and on the move
  • Rolling
  • Securing

Rescue Skills

  • Deep-water rescue
  • Contact tows and use of towline
  • Eskimo rescue

Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Paddle as part of a led group


  • Equipment
  • Sea safety
  • Weather
  • Wellbeing, health and first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning, including
    • Basic knowledge of tidal times, constants and effects of wind on simple tidalwater e.g. wind against tide, offshore winds
    • Understanding of spring and neap tides
    • Basic understanding of the effect of topography on tidal flow and relevant hazards, e.g. boomers, shelving beaches, sand bars, etc.
  • Group awareness
  • General knowledge
  • Navigation, including
    • Basic recognition of main buoyage
    • Ability to identify position by using a grid reference and a latitude and longitude
    • Use a compass to paddle on a bearing
  • Ability to calculate distance and estimate paddling time
  • Basic knowledge of collision regulation and sound signals

The assessment
During the final day you will do your 3 Star assessment. We will cover as many aspects of the 3 Star syllabus as time and conditions allow. The assessment will include coastal, estuary and open water venues with winds up to and including Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3. Below are the links for the 3 Star syllabus, training and assessment notes, which will outline the skills you will be developing and then assessed in.

BC 3 Star syllabus
BC 3 Star training notes
BC 3 Star assessment notes

Booking a Course

Duration: 5 days
Cost: € 375,- (excluding travel- and accommodation costs and rentals)

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