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BC 2 Star

Get a firm foundation to your paddling adventure. Learn to handle a canoe and kayak in style whilst having the option to gain a national governing body award from British Canoeing. This course will cover all the basic skills; going forwards, backwards, sideways, turning, and what to do if you or someone else falls in.

We offer this course with the option to extend it to 4 days, you can choose the additional days at the checkout.

Solo Canoeing Cross over kayaks, and canoeing as a multi-boat ap Sea Kayaks as part of the BC 2 Star Course Using Fatyak Sit on Top kayaks

When you have a basic knowledge of paddling, this is the ideal next step for you. On this two day course we will explore the world of kayaking and canoeing in a greater depth, with the aim of you looking slick in a boat after the course.

In this course we will follow the National Governing Body syllabus, adding much depth to every skill and giving you the full benefit of our knowledge. We will use a range of craft, and delivery styles throughout this course to ensure it is both fun, and informative, plus leave you wanting to go paddling more!

Typically we spend the first day in kayaks at Itchenor, Chichester Harbour, and the second day in open canoes at Pulborough on the River Arun. However, details may change in accordance with weather conditions.

The aim of this course, from British Canoeing is:

“Successful performance at this level indicates that the paddler can use fundamental paddlesport skills on flat water to control movement of both canoes and kayaks, and have an understanding of how the paddle, boat, and water interact.”

With this being a course endorsed by British Canoeing, there are various resources available online, which you are encouraged to read prior to the course. Please note that we will cover both the training and assessment criteria on this course.

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We highly recommend combining this course with a couple of other courses to have a 4 day block of coaching, these are our:

:: 2 Star Plus - on this we take the skills covered in 2 star and apply them into a more dynamic environment, this allows for skill consolidation as well as skill improvement. Save 25% if booked at the same time as this course!

:: BC Foundation Safety and Rescue Training - a day course dedicated to rescues, and safety while afloat. An absolute must to keep you, and anyone else you paddle with safe. Save 25% if booked at the same time as this course!


BC 1 Star Skills (or basic paddling ability i.e not a complete novice). Plus comfortable with being in/around water.

Available dates:

  • 24-25 February 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 08-09 March 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 22-23 April 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 16-17 May 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 02-03 June 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 30 June - 01 July 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 24-25 July 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 08-09 September 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 05-06 October 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 26-27 October 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 16-17 November 2018- 09:00-17:00

If none of the above dates suit, please get in contact and we will see what we can sort out for you!


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Why not extend your BC 2 Star course for a further day, taking your newly learned skills into a slightly more advanced environment whilst still learning?
BC 2 Star Plus
Become safer on the water

Become safer on the water

Another great addition to your BC 2 Star package is to include a day of safety and rescue training! This day will give you solid rescue skills which will help yourself and others whilst afloat.


Why not consider hiring craft from us? You can use them to practise your skills, or just to go for a nice paddle.
Canoe and Kayak Hires