2 star training course 2018

May 21st to July 23rd

Each year we run a 2 star  training course which aims to bring relative beginners up to a standard where you can be a competent member of a group on a moderate/easy trip.

If you are a current paid up member or wish to join BCC,  you are welcome to apply for a place this year.   Please email paul  “at” fordahill.com to book a place on this course or get in touch using our Facebook page.  

There are ten sessions in all,  six evenings, (usually Mondays from 18.30 to 20.00) and four sessions covered in one weekend.  All of these sessions will involve meeting at the club hut to get a boat, kit and any additional equipment required. The weekend will have a focus on open boating which is part of the syllabus. Below is a copy of the syllabus and the training schedule dates, so you know what is involved. In past years, participants have ranged in age from 11 to 70+.

In the first week, we will meet on the Monday evening to book out and organise any equipment required and run a dry session. The aim of the dry session is to run through some key points which will include general safety, terminology and basic paddling techniques etc. On the following Thursday from 19.30 to 21.00 at West Buckland pool, we will run through capsize drills and rescues. This pool session will enable us to carry out the wet work in comfortable surroundings. Once the pool session has taken place we will be continuing the training in an open water environment at various locations, subject to tides and weather conditions.  These sessions will take place on a Monday evening. The weekend open boating sessions will be held on the 23rd & 24th of June.

The cost for this training will be just £70 for adults and £50 for under 18s and will cover the use of all equipment, pool hire and any coaching expenses. If however, you have your own boat and equipment the course fee can be reduced to £50. This will be payable at the first dry session together with any membership monies that may be due.

Places on this training course will be limited as we have a maximum number of members we can accommodate.

Any club members who  attended the two star course last year and now wish to take their assessment will be welcome to join the group to refresh their skills prior to the assessment.

We’re all looking forward to getting afloat on warmer and lighter evenings soon, meeting new members and making new friends and having fun on the water and practising and learning new skills. During the course, we will endeavour to incorporate a sea trip to expand the new paddlers skills and environments and the intention is to have a BBQ and social on the Saturday evening of the open boat weekend.

Paul Greenway  …aka Greenie        BCC Training Co-ordinator


  2  Star Training Schedule  2018

Date / activity Lesson content Technical syllabus
21st May

Dry session & issue kit & payments

Canoes/Kayaks/ equipment/lifting/carrying.

25 mtr swim check

 24th May….. Pool session  Capsize/ self rescues

Swim check

 11th June….1st wet session    Lifting, carrying & launching. Forward paddling/steering/

returning to the bank & getting out.

18th June….2nd wet session  Forward paddling/steering-stern rudders/ sweep strokes A3,A3,A4,A7
23rd & 24th June…..Tamar lake weekend

(3rd,4th,5th & 6th wet session)

4 sessions Open boat


 2nd July…7th wet session Preventing a capsize/ support strokes/stern rudders A4,A6
 9th  July….8th wet session Open water- capsize/ self rescues/group rescues A5,B1,B2
16th July…9th wet session Basic journey ( sea kayaks)

Weather/ conditions dependent

 23rd July….10th wet session Extra Practice session