British Canoeing 1 Star Award

This award is a stepping stone to becoming a paddler. A basic award the one star is typically the level reached after a solid day of coaching by one of highly experienced instructors.


The award is obtained by taking the assessment in either a kayak or a canoe, or even as a pair, where a doubles crew takes the test; each person must perform each task from both the bow and stern.


  • Candidates must be able to swim 25 metres wearing a Buoyancy Aid.
  • Be 14 or over
  • As a BC Course – up to date BC membership is required

Course Covers:

  • Lift, Carry and Launch canoe & kayak
  • Efficient forward paddling over 100m
  • Steering and controlling
  • Moving sideways
  • Return to the bank and get out
  • Capsize and rescue drills
  • Emptying boats
  • Personal risk management
  • Awareness of others
  • Equipment
  • Safety

Activity Information Facts:

  • Minimum Age – 14 Years Old
  • Fitness Level – Moderate
  • Cost - £80 PP
  • Difficulty – Easy to Moderate
  • Start time – 9am
  • Duration – Full Day
  • Location - River Wye, Symonds Yat West.

What we provide:

  • Boats
  • Paddles
  • Spray decks
  • Wet Suits (If requested) 
  • Buoyancy Aids
  • Hlemets

Cost: £80.00 pp Includes VAT

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