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British Canoe Union Courses

British Canoe Union Star tests in Jersey 2015

Benchmark your Sit on Top and sea kayak skills on our BCU sea kayak training and assessment courses in Jersey.

BCU Kayak skills training in Jersey. Exploring the cliffs

Training and assessments for BCU 1 and 2 star.

To see the new BCU Star test syllabus: New 1, 2 and 3 star

BCU 1 Star Training 2015

Call us to discuss suitable times. £37.50

BCU 1 Star Assessment 2015

Assessments can be arranged on demand.
Sit-on-top and closed cockpit kayaks can be used.

Costs: £37.50

BCU 2 Star Training 2015

Closed cockpit and sit on top kayaks paddling at les Ecrehous

Moving water skills.

This course is an excellent progression from the BCU 1 star award and enables you to develop your techniques and knowledge in more detail. However, many paddlers jump the 2 star award and head for BCU 3 star if they do not plan to paddle both kayak and canoe. Learn skills applicable to both kayak and open canoe.

The new 2 star award is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to become a kayak coach.

Training dates: Call for dates as I can run these on demand.

Training sessions use both canoe and kayak. If you have experience of kayak/canoe, it may be possible to opt for a shorter training course.

Costs: £47.50 per session includes canoe.

BCU 2 Star Assessment 2015

Sea kayaking rock gardens. Ready to enter the gully

To go or not to go. That’s the question.

The new 2 star assessment involves paddling both kayak/sit-on-top and open canoe. This is also a great bench mark for your skill level, as it demonstrates a level of competence afloat.

The 2 star award is a pre-requisite for anyone wanting to become a new BCU/UKCC paddle sport coach.

Dates: Call for dates. Assessment can be run on demand.

Other dates are possible as we often have a few people wanting to do the assessment.
Assessment 4-5 hours in both kayak and open Canoe.

Costs: £95 if we supply all kit

£75 if you have all your own equipment.

BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) 2014/15

BCU Foundation safety and rescue training.Kayaks and canoes on beach

Learn safety and rescue skills with a range of different craft on the FSRT course

This one day course aims to provide you with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies using both canoes and kayaks.

The award has two essential purposes:

  • To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
  • To provide the participant with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty.

This award is essential for anyone wishing to become a BCU/UKCC level 1 coach. It is also a very good safety awareness course.

Kayak anglers should also consider our BCU  Kayak and Canoe fishing training course.


Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 December 2014 1000 – 1400. If you cannot make both dates I can be pretty flexible.

 Please call or email. Other dates can be arranged

Cost: £55 per person if you have your own kayak kit. £80 if you need all kit and kayak.

Call for group rates.

Expect to get wet. Dry suits can be hired for £10 per day.

A certificate of attendance is issued by the BCU.

New BCU FSRT Syllabus and FSRT course notes.

BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Training and Assessment 2015

Sit on top kayaking in rough water.Plemont Point Jersey

3 star can now be assessed in either sit-on-top or closed cockpit sea kayak.

At a 3 star sea kayak assessment you need to demonstrate the ability to skilfully control your kayak in prescribed conditions through blending the body, boat and blade positions. This means that you need to have a reasonable amount of sea kayak experience before going for assessment. Holding the BCU 1 and 2 star award is recommended but this is not essential.

You can now be assessed for the BCU 3 star sea kayak award in either Sit-on-top or sit inside sea kayaks.

This award is suitable for the improving sit-on-top and sit inside sea paddler.

Read a Sit-on-top kayakers 3 star assessment experience.

BCU 3 Star Sit on Top Kayak syllabus or, BCU 3 Star sit inside style Sea Kayak syllabus.


3 star sea kayak training for Sit-on-top kayaks 1000 – 1600  10 & 11 October £190. Contact me for more 2015 dates.

3 star sea kayak training for sit inside sea kayaks 1000 – 1600 10 & 11 October. £190. Contact me for more 2015 dates.

sea kayak on 4 star training course.Developing paddle skills near rocks

Develop essential paddle skills during the course

3 star assessment for Sit-on-top kayak** 1000 – 1600 12 October. £95. Contact me for more 2015 dates.

3 star assessment for sit inside sea kayaks**1000 – 1600. 12 October.  £95. Contact me for more 2015 dates.


Training days (on above dates) £95 per day

Assessment  (on above date)   £95 per day

I can also cover training over two or three evenings/classes.

Private 1:1 training and assessment

For the Sit-on-top or sit in kayaker who can only attend on specific dates or prefers to receive 1:1 coaching for the 3 star sea award.

1:1 training £190 per day

1:1 assessment £190

Optional Dry suit hire – £10 per day

Kayaks and equipment can be supplied at no extra charge***.

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Training 2014/5

Landing sea kayaks in difficult locations on rocks

Landing sea kayaks in difficult locations forms part of the course

The BCU 4 star sea kayak award is now a leadership award. Attending a training course is an essential requirement prior to assessment.

Our courses cover the essential training elements of the new 4 star sea kayak syllabus in some great tidal waters around Jersey. An advantage of sea kayaking in jersey is that there is a huge range of different paddling opportunities to experience all within 20 minutes travel time.

Even if you do not plan to take the 4 star assessment, there will be plenty of opportunity to develop your skills afloat.

Fly from regional airports (Easyjet, BA, Flybe operate regular services all year)  to make the most of your time on Jersey or bring your own kayak and travel by high speed car ferry.

Choose from our range of sea kayaks (Valley Nordkapp, Avocet, Aquanaut, RTM Ysak, Venture Kayaks Esky and P&H Hammer) at no extra charge. Drysuit hire available.  All students will receive a Paddlers Performance Action Plan.


November 15-16


September 26-27 £190

Email Derek to discuss other dates for 4 star training courses.

Download the syllabus.

Course outline & Further Information

BCU 4 Star Training over 2 – 5 Days 2015

Our 2 – 5 day BCU 4 Star sea kayak training course is designed to get you paddling in some of the best waters and coastline around Jersey.

Spread over 5 days the course gives you more time to develop your paddle skills and gain experience than on a weekend course which can leave some paddlers feeling they need to work on their skills in more depth. This course will also get you more log book hours and experience for the 4 star assessment. A day -or extra day- can be arranged to cover the BCU coastal navigation and tidal planning course .

All students will receive a Paddlers Performance Action Plan.

5 days sea kayaking in Jersey*.   September 19 -23 or 21 -25 £475.

Longer or shorter courses are possible for £95 per day.

4 star sea kayak incidents.Damaged sea kayak

Dealing with incidents afloat- a holed sea kayak.

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Training Weekends 2015


March 20 & 21

September 19 & 20 £190

September 20 & 21 £190

It is also possible to arrange a special training course for you on other dates. Call to discuss.

Kayaks can be supplied at no extra charge. All students will receive a Paddlers Performance Action Plan.

Optional Dry suit hire – £10 per day

An extra day can be arranged to cover the new BCU coastal navigation and tidal planning course. Contact Derek for details. You can also book training days prior to the assessment weekend for £95 per day.

Read: Preparing for (and what to expect on) your BCU 4 star sea kayak training course by Phil Hadley.


See our Places to Stay page for accommodation. There you also find details on how to get to Jersey by air and sea. The island has good connections from many regional airports.

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Assessments 2015

Sea kayaing in 4 star conditons off Plemont point Jersey

Sea kayak surfing off Plemont.

The two day assessment requires a minimum of two BCU examiners (Derek Hairon, Phil Hadley ) and includes the opportunity to lead ‘real’ adult students on at least one of the days.

Please read the assessment syllabus documents. You must have a VHF marine radio (it is your responsibility to obtain a marine radio license if one is required in your country. Expect to be asked to use a VHF marine radio) and a valid 16 hour First Aid award.

You can use our sea kayaks at no extra charge***. We have a selection of roto-moulded sea kayaks.

Combined 4 star training course (5 days) followed by an assessment weekend **:

Training 19-20 September 2015. Assessment  26 & 27 September 2015 ** £380

You can also book training days prior to the assessment weekend for £95 per day.

Note: Please call to discuss attending the combined training and assessment course to ensure your Leadership Registration form will be validated in time for the assessment and all pre requisites are valid. See the Note below.

BCU 4 Star Sea Kayak Assessment Weekend 2015

BCU 4 star leaders.Kayaks in rough water.Jersey north coast

Develop your leadership and sea kayak skills

March 20 -21

September 26 & 27


Optional Dry suit hire – £10 per day

Read: How to pass your BCU 4 star sea kayak award. By Phil Hadley.

Note: It is mandatory for all 4 star sea kayak assessment candidates to complete a Leadership Registration form. This must be registered with you Home Nation (British Canoeing/Welsh or Scottish Canoe Association) before attending a 4 star assessment. A copy of your completed and officially stamped LR form is requested when you book/pay (no later than 3 days before the assessment). British Canoeing forbids us from accepting any candidate on a BCU 4 star sea kayak assessment without a valid and stamped Leader Registration form. If you arrive without a valid LR form we cannot asses you for 4 star and no refund of your fees will be made. If you need advice or assistance contact us in advance of the course to avoid disappointment.

BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning Course

This one day course can be included as an extra day if you are attending the 4 star sea kayak training for £95.

Custom dates/times are possible. Contact Derek Hairon for more information.

Sea Kayak Navigation. Putting Theory into Practice 2015

sea kayak navigation

On the water navigation exercises

Join us on a weekend of practical sea kayak navigation making theory become reality around the scenic coastline of Jersey.

Based on the BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning course the weekend moves from the classroom onto the sea to apply your sea kayak navigation skills to a selection of on the water challenges.

Having planned trips ashore we go afloat to paddle some of the best sections of Jersey’s coastline. This will enable you to develop your practical map/chart reading skills and navigation techniques. Practice using transits, assessing speed and drift, allowing for tide streams and cross tides as well as micro navigation and even paddling in low light/darkness.

To get the most from this course you should have some sea kayaking experience. This course is suitable for paddlers who want to develop their on the water coastal navigation skills in order to undertake coastal trips or tune up their existing knowledge and techniques through practical on the water based scenarios.

March 28 & 29

Call for other dates.

£200 (includes manual)

Sea kayaks and essential navigation equipment supplied e.g. charts/maps, dividers, Sea Kayak Navigation Aid (SCANA), deck and hand held compass.

Custom Longer Sea Kayak Coaching and Development Training Courses

If you would like to develop your sea kayak skills a personalised training programme could provide the ideal launch pad.

Contact Derek to discuss longer sea kayak development and training options and costs.

This option is available year round. It is less costly if you select times during the Spring, Autumn and Winter seasons. Prices start from £95 per person per day. Courses will run even if there oare only  one or two students so you get plenty of 1:1 coaching around the superb coastline of Jersey.

Our personalised sea kayak courses will develop your skills and help you become a better paddler.

Previous students have undertaken training to obtain the BCU 1,  2, 3 and 4 star sea kayak awards* as well as the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT), VHF, First Aid and Child Protection training as part of their pathway to become a level 1 BCU/UKCC kayak coach or sea kayak guide.

All equipment can be supplied.

Contact us or call 07797853033 to discuss your requirements.

Accommodation in Jersey

See our Places to stay page for ideas.


*It is possible to combine the 3 training and 3 star assessment plus 4 star training in the week before the 4 star assessment and include the BCU Coastal navigation and tidal planning certificate.  Call to discuss.

**If you combine training and BCU assessment courses, it is important to understand that attendance on a training course does not imply that you will have reached the required standard to pass a BCU award at the end of the course. Much depends upon your level of paddle skills and experience. Ensure you have read and understood the assessment syllabus for the relevant BCU award.

Kayaks and equipment can be supplied at no extra charge.

***At 3 and 4 star assessment you will be assessed as if you were using your own equipment. It is therefore important to both check and familiarise yourself with any loaned equipment. On both the 3 and 4 star assessments you should supply your own first aid and kayak repair kit.

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