In preparation for your Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment (formerly known as BCU 5 Star Award Preparation - Canoe), you'll cover all the paddling, leadership and safety skills (both solo and as part of a tandem crew) necessary during this five day programme. In fact, we've designed it to exceed the training requirements for this award, so you get even more - including a personalised action plan that's designed to help you reach your goal and achieve advanced level. You'll develop a range of effective crossdeck strokes, as well as a range of techniques suitable for paddling on the upstream and downstream side of your boat.
The course aims to train you in a range of paddling techniques and equip you to select which is best suited to any given situation. By the end of the course, you should be able to perform all the techniques on both sides (i.e. bilaterally).
When paddling as part of a tandem crew, each member of your crew should be able to paddle at both bow and stern.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The course will make the best use of the weather and water levels to ensure that we maximise conditions. You can expect to spend two days on rivers, plus a day and night on a large lake. A day will be spent looking at upriver travel and safety and rescue.
Canoe Leader Award or proof of British Canoeing approved APL
Paddling open canoe on challenging white-water and amongst the wind and waves on a large lake can be exhilarating. Leading others at the same time is a challenge. Learn from our years of experience doing it!
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test out that new piece of kit you've had your eye on. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.
All you really need to bring is sufficient base clothing to wear, and some suitable footwear. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles and poles. We have an extensive selection of different styles of open canoes from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring along your own kit.
Make sure that you're fit enough for two challenging days on advanced water, and that you've canoed regularly before attending.