British Canoeing 2 Star

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.

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. Before attending our British Canoeing 2 Star Course you should hold a British Canoeing 1 Star Award.


This course will give you a great understanding of paddle sport. By the end of the two day course you'll be well on your way to becoming a paddler. You'll be able to paddle both a kayak and a canoe. The course is designed to improve your skills and confidence. We learn skills to prevent us from capsizing and to rescue 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 as you need to be competent at capsizing and paddling on flat water. The course is aimed at those at or above the one star standard. Its two full days of training so to get the most from the course, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Those not quite at the required standard at the end of the two days will be able to do a separate assessment once they've had chance to practice.

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:

You will need to be fit enough to last two full days 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 2 days. 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: 6 max

Course Dates & Locations:

Our British Canoeing 2 star courses run on either the river Adur in West Sussex or at Cuckmere Haven in East Sussex unless otherwise stated.


Course Title Start Date Location Price*
*Prices Per Person

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