British Canoeing 1 Star


British Canoeing is the governing body of paddle sports in the UK.

We offer a range of British Canoeing national awards. The course follows a structured outline and can cover a range of paddle craft, skills and theory. If you think you would prefer a more informal course built around you, our private coaching or Introduction to kayaking course could be just what you are after. Each star award is a pre-requisite for entry to the next.

If you are unsure about what course is best for you, please feel free to contact us. If you have already completed a British Canoeing 1 Star Award why not look at the next step and attend our British Canoeing 2 star course.

This is a nationally recognized 6hr (one day) course, designed as an introduction to paddle sport (kayak, canoe or a sit-on-top) for a beginner. During the course you'll cover the fundamental skills of paddling leaving you in a fantastic position to get more from your time on the water. The emphasis of the course is on learning correct safe practice and enjoyment.

1 Star Canoeing

What will be covered?

- Equipment

- Basic paddling (forwards & backwards

- Turning

- Journeying

- Your next step

Please visit the downloads page for a copy of the course syllabus

Capsize Drill BCU 1 Star Course

Who's it for?

You need no previous experience, just a healthy sense of adventure! If you have an interest in learning the basic skills and principals of canoeing or kayaking then this is the course for you.

What you'll need:

You will need to be fit enough to last a day of activity. 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.


This course is run over 1 day on the river Adur in West Sussex or at Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex.

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

Group size: 8 max


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*Prices Per Person

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