Paddle Explore Award

BCU 2 Star - Draw Stroke

British Canoeing is the governing body of paddle sport in the UK. We offer a range of British Canoeing national awards.

The courses follow a structured outline and can cover a range of paddle craft, skills and theory. If you feel you would prefer a more informal course built around you, why not try one of our private coaching sessions.

If you are unsure about what course is best for you, please feel free to contact us. Before attending our British Canoeing Explore Award it is helpful however not essential to have attended one of our British Canoeing Discover Award courses.


This course will give you a great understanding of paddle sport and can be completed in canoe, enclosed kayak or a sit on top kayak. By the end of this one day course you'll be well on your way to becoming a paddler. The course is designed to improve your skills and confidence as well as being safer on the water. We learn skills to prevent us from capsizing and how to rescue not only ourselves but also fellow paddlers.

Canoeing BCU 2 Star Course

What it will cover:

- Theory & Safety Considerations
- Equipment
- Boat handling
- Supports and braces
- Rescues
- Your next step

See Downloads Section for full Course Syllabus

Who it's for:

Previous experience is essential to get the most out of this course as you need to be competent and confident at capsizing and paddling on flat water. Its a full day of training so to get the most from the course, a reasonable level of fitness is required.

BCU 2 Star - Rescues

If you're not sure if this course is suitable for you don't be shy, drop us a line and we'll advise you as best we can.

What you'll need:

We'll supply all the equipment you require. Bring along a wet suit or warm layers to paddle in, fleece material and wool are best. Also a packed lunch, snacks and drinks to keep your energy levels up, and sun cream if it's a hot day.


Unless stated otherwise timings will normally be as follows:

Timings: 09.00 - 16.00 each day | 6 hours activity with a break for lunch

Group size: 8 max

Course Dates & Locations:

Our British Canoeing Explore Awards run on the river Adur in West Sussex.


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