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Complete 2 Star Training and Assessment

Course Overview

The BCU 2 Star is an improvement award that helps paddlers develop fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water in a variety of craft. The emphasis is on gaining a breadth of experience, moving of the boat effectively and developing an understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact. Whilst it is possible to complete your two star award in three days, we feel this can be a little daunting for most paddlers.
Our five day program allows you to complete the first two days of training, then enjoy two further days consolidating and improving those skills in time for an assessment on the final day. This generic award covers both canoe and kayak skills on flat water and is the pre-requisite for any paddler aiming for their BCU level 1 coach award.

Experience Required

experience of paddling two different craft.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites

You should have experience of paddling two different craft, one canoe and one kayak


Course Content

Over the first two days we will be using local lake and river venues to cover the two star syllabus, this will then be followed by two further days consolidating and improving those skills. Our high staff to student ratio ensures that you receive individual attention throughout the course. The course will cover:


Personal Paddling Skills


  • Lifting, carrying and launching

  • Efficient forward paddling

  • Steering

  • Manoeuvring in a confined space

  • Moving sideways

  • Preventing a capsize

  • Turning

  • Returning to the bank and getting out

  • Securing






Rescue Skills


  • Capsize, swim and self-rescue

  • Rescue a capsized paddler






Safety, Leadership & Group Skills


  • Personal risk management

  • Awareness of others

  • An assessed accompanied sheltered water journey






Theory


  • Equipment

  • Safety

  • Wellbeing, health and first aid

  • Access

  • Environment

  • Planning










The assessment

During the final day you will do your 2 star assessment. We will cover as many aspects of the 2* syllabus as time and conditions allow. The assessment will be on sheltered water. Below are the links for the 2* syllabus and assessor notes, which will outline the skills you will be developing and then assessed in.


BCU 2* syllabus


BCU 2* assessor notes

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details



What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal paddling equipment

  • Footwear to cope with bank and boat

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Warm clothes for off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Notebook and pen

  • BCU logbook/paperwork

  • Dry bag

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Safety and rescue kit (you would normally carry)

  • Cheque book for any BCU fees due

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.


  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • All safety and rescue kit

For safety and rescue courses only a dry suit will be provided if required



Customer Reviews For This Course

Brilliant week of paddling!

Anne-Fleur van Diem

Loved this week of paddling to gain my 2 star. I had done a bit of paddling beforehand and didnt quite know what to expect. We had two incredibly knowledgeable instructors with around 50-60 years of experience between them which showed in the way they managed to bring us all up to 2 star standard in a matter of days which we could then work on during our the remaining 2 days of training. PYB really doesnt disappoint in location, food (its famous for it) and accommodation but the real value for money is the fantastic tuition by their very skilled and experienced instructors. Wouldnt go anywhere else and in fact, I am already planning my next course!


Outstanding course

Nick Hinchliffe

As a self taught kayaker many years ago I had very little idea what I was really doing. This course was a tough week that gave me the skills to build on in both kayak and canoe and to understand why I was doing things. The instruction was always challenging yet supportive allowing the group to progress at different levels. The highlight was seeing a porpoise whilst canoeing in the Menai straits.
If you are not sure, just book this course, you will have a blast and come away with a whole new world to explore !




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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