You'll need to be on top of your game for this assessment (formerly known as BCU 4 Star Leaders Award Assessment - Canoe). It tests the skills you need to evaluate a group of paddlers to establish whether a particular trip is suitable to their level of performance -or choose alternatives for them. You'll need to apply a variety of techniques appropriate for moving water, and exposed open water, requiring the paddlers you're leading to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.
To succeed, you'll demonstrate the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers or three tandem canoe crews, on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The assessment will include a day on white-water at grade 2+ and a day on moderate open water in winds up to force 4.
You need to be an experienced paddler, with Canoe Leader skills, and provide evidence that you hold the 3 star award (or the old style 4 star award), Lanoe Leader training completed in the last 3 years, or British Canoeing approved APL, a current LR form and your log book.
Moving around big boats like canoes is a challenge that when mastered is very rewarding. Helping others to access and enjoy this challenge adds to this rewarding feeling. Show us your skills at doing this.
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. As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). However, we have an extensive fleet of canoes, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.
You'll need to bring sufficient equipment to enable you to look after a group of paddlers in moderate open and white-water conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful rescue aids.
You should ensure you're fit enough for two challenging days on moderate water, and have canoed regularly before attending.