BC Advanced Water Leader – White Water Training

BCU 5 Star Inland White Water – Training

BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader Syllabus

Aim:

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water kayaks.
Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water. The BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The BCU 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award.
Following assessment BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leaders must have in place civil liability insurance (Included in comprehensive Home Nation membership), knowledge of Child Protection guidelines and good practice including checks where necessary and maintain evidence of currency.
Paddlers of white water spec. open canoes may also be interested in the BCU 5 Star White Water OC1 Leader Award.

Advanced Definitions:

Rivers up to and including grade 4(5). (Extracted from BCU Terms of Reference)

Craft:

Any white water kayak that is safe and fit for the purpose for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks.

Equipment:

Personal and group equipment appropriate for the remit of the award and relevant to the assessment environment and venue.

 

Training and Assessment Courses:

To achieve BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader candidates are required to attend BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader Training. This involves at least 2 days of formal training in personal skills, leadership, and safety and rescue. Some training courses also include the prerequisite BCU Advanced White Water Safety Training course (extending the programme by an additional 2 days). Training is valid for 3 years, during this time, and upon completion of the assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment.
Assessments are normally run over 2 days.

Training Prerequisites:

  • BCU 4 Star White Water Kayak Leader or BCU Level 3 Inland Kayak Coach (see note above regarding APL)
  • To get the most out of the 5 star training course candidates should have enough experience of paddling a variety of lines on grade 3 in comfort and control, and experience of paddling grade 4

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