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BC 3 Star Touring (Canoe)

The British Canoeing 3 Star Touring Canoe course is an award which is aimed at intermediate paddlers looking to refine their skills. We like this award as it is very flexible, allowing for paddlers of all standards to improve their skills, while also teaching them to be safer on the water.

We run this course in accordance with the BC syllabus, paying particular attention to boat handling, and navigation skills.


The British Canoeing 3 Star Touring Canoe course is aimed at intermediate paddlers who want to practice their skills in a range of different environments.

Our Course:

As this is a British Canoeing affiliated course please read through the 3 Star Touring syllabus, training and assessment notes which can be found here:

"Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner, the candidate having demonstrated personal competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues." - British Canoeing's aims for this course

Typically we will spend the three days of this course in different locations allowing you to learn the maximum which we can coach in the allotted time.

Day 1 - Chichester Harbour - We use this open environment to assess your current skills, and work on improving them, it’s also perfect for learning to travel using the wind.

Day 2 - River Arun - This day is our sheltered water day, where we will work at really improving your skills. We will take advantage of the (almost) guaranteed shelter provided by trees and river banks, and work on trim/turning, boat handling, moving sideways, and generally making your boating look classier!

Day 3 - River Hamble - This final day allows us to take our newly learned skills into an open estuary, where we will encounter some tidal flow, narrow channels, and wide open spaces. There should be plenty of opportunities to work on paddling in the wind. We will likely leave the rescues until this day.

We run this as a combined training and assessment scheme, if you’re not interested in being assessed, you can stick around for the assessment day and see how the flow of an assessment goes - you’ll also learn more skills!

What Fluid Adventures provide:

  • Suitable Canoe
  • Paddles
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets (when appropriate)
  • Spray Decks
  • Relevant safety kit (pump, group shelter, repair kit)
  • Relevant water access licenses
  • Maps/Charts
  • Qualified and experienced coach

Available Dates:

  • 27-29 September 2018- 09:00-17:00
  • 13-15 November 2018- 09:00-17:00

If none of the above dates suit, please get in touch and will see what we can arrange.


Other experiences you may be interested in

If this isn't quite the experience you are looking for, here are a few of our top picks which may also be suitable for you.

BC 3 Star Touring (Kayak)

BC 3 Star Touring (Kayak)

Looking to do your BC 3 Star Touring award in a ​kayak instead? We've got you covered! We run both the canoe and kayak touring courses.
BC 3 Star Touring (Kayak)
BC 3 Star Open Canoe

BC 3 Star Open Canoe

Looking to paddle your canoe on whitewater? The BC 3 Star Open Canoe course covers the same fundamental syllabus as the Touring courses but adds the element of paddling on whitewater.
BC 3 Star Open Canoe


We offer a range of tours, which are not assessed ​but are a great way to build up experience whilst still being able to ask questions of our experienced coaches.