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Complete Three Star (Training and Assessment) Sea Kayak

Course Overview

The Three Star award is a big deal these days and although the training can be complete in two days, our coaches feel this can be too intense for many paddlers.This five day programme allows you to complete the three star training within a more digestable 4 days so you'll really get to grips with those skills before your assessment on the final day.
The award is discipline specific and is the pre-requisite for BCU Level 2 certificate in coaching paddlesport.

Experience Required

Two Star skills, though the award itself is not a requirement.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites

You should be a keen paddler with two star skills (please bring proof with you if you have the 2 star award but it is not essential). Previous experience of sea kayaking is advantageous but not essential. Please bring your logbook with you.


Course Content

Over the first four days we will be using local coastal, estuary and open water venues to cover the three star syllabus. 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/landing

  • Efficient forward paddling

  • Efficient reverse paddling and stopping

  • Maintaining direction

  • Changing direction

  • Moving sideways, both static and on the move

  • Supporting, both static and on the move

  • Rolling

  • Securing






Rescue Skills


  • Deep-water rescue

  • Contact tows and use of towline

  • Eskimo rescue






Safety, Leadership & Group Skills


  • Personal risk management

  • Awareness of others

  • Paddle as part of a led group






Theory


  • Equipment

  • Sea safety

  • Weather

  • Wellbeing, health and first aid

  • Access

  • Environment

  • Planning, including


    • Basic knowledge of tidal times, constants and effects of wind on simple tidalwater e.g. wind against tide, offshore winds

    • Understanding of spring and neap tides

    • Basic understanding of the effect of topography on tidal flow and relevant hazards, e.g. boomers, shelving beaches, sand bars, etc.


  • Group awareness

  • General knowledge

  • Navigation, including


    • Basic recognition of main buoyage

    • Ability to identify position by using a grid reference and a latitude and longitude

    • Use a compass to paddle on a bearing

    • Ability to calculate distance and estimate paddling time


  • Basic knowledge of collision regulation and sound signals










The assessment

During the final day you will do your 3 star assessment. We will cover as many aspects of the 3* syllabus as time and conditions allow. The assessment will include coastal, estuary and open water venues with winds up to and including Beaufort Force 3 or Sea State 3. Below are the links for the 3* syllabus and assessor notes, which will outline the skills you will be developing and then assessed in.


BCU 3* syllabus


BCU 3* 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

Three Star Course? I'm giving it 5 stars!

David White

This was my second course at PyB - I did the Intro-mediate Course last year (see my review). If you've never stayed at PyB before, here are three things that stick in my memory: (1) All the people who work there - and I mean ALL the people - are friendly, helpful and supportive (it must be a great place to work!); (2) you can borrow just about any piece of equipment you might need (and learn how to use it); and (3) everybody looks forward to the food (you'll be hungry and it's really good). Our coaches for the course were Sid (2 days) and James (3 days plus the assessment). They are both top guys - not just good paddlers, they really understand how to help people learn. Two big things for me were Sid spending time getting us to understand the boat and how to work with it; and James pushing me to use my skills in progressively more challenging situations. I never thought I'd have the courage to commit to a cross-deck-bow-rudder for example; and I came out of one zawn with a big grin on my face after avoiding being trashed in the back by a big set of waves - thanks James! I think the BCU 3 Star Course at PyB is a great package. It's excellent value for money. You'll want to go back for more! A bit of advice: read the syllabus before you come. It's worth knowing what you'll be assessed on so you can identify where you are weaker. You have to demonstrate a successful roll for the assessment - you'll get coaching of course - but you might not be able to learn it from scratch. I'm going to be back for another course next year - perhaps that says it all!


What a fantastic week!

Nicole Stewart

My first ever stay at PyB despite driving past it for the last 30 years. Olly and Adam were great. I was in Olly's group out on the water and he was just a pleasure to be around, taught me loads, was very good fun and made the week.

Our room was ideal. Clean, quiet. No concerns there.

The food was amazing value for money but variable. For example on the first night the choice of carbs was either chips or dry bread rolls. Not great. Other nights were better. Portion size was a bit hit and miss depending on who was serving you. And when you've been active all day, that's very important.

Breakfast was good, likewise the packed lunches.

I would recommend PyB to anyone. All the staff were utterly delightful and made you feel very welcome. The hire kit was great and plentiful - no complaints there at all.

Thanks for a brilliant week everyone, especially Olly.

Nicole


BCU 3*

Paul Stewart

I've been driving past Plas Y Brenin for nearly 30 years but never been on a course there. Now realise what I've missed. The centre was a brilliant base for days out on the water and the kit was first rate. But what really made the experience exceptional was the instruction. Relaxed, fun, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. What more can I say. "Thanks"




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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