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Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an able improving sea paddler rather than a beginner. During assessment the candidate would be able to demonstrate personal competence paddling in wind conditions of no more than Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3 as part of a led group.

Sea paddlers who use sit-on-top kayaks may be interested in the BCU 3 Star Sea Sit-on-Top Award.
Assessment Prerequisites
• Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea, of about 3 hours duration (8nm) each
• A consistent BCU 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft is required for anyone starting to work towards the BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Award; it is recommended that the candidate holds the BCU 2 Star Award
• The ability to swim confidently in the sea environment, wearing normal paddling clothes
A sea kayak suitable for journeying on the sea and one that allows the candidate to safely and effectively complete the requirements of this syllabus. If in a kayak fitted with a rudder it must be disabled for the duration of the assessment. It is required that boats should be fitted with total buoyancy (e.g. watertight compartments or airbags). Candidates must complete all elements of an assessment in the same type of craft.
Personal equipment required by an able improving sea paddler and appropriate to the conditions and the remit of the award.

      3 Star Sea Syllabus Oct 2013 PDF

      3 Star Sea Trainer Notes Oct 2013 PDF

      3 Star Sea Assessor Notes ~Oct 2013  PDF

     3 Star Sea Sit on Top Syllabus Oct 2013  PDF

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