We run BCU 3 star courses year round.

On our combined training and assessment day, our aim is to give you the best possible chance to demonstrate your kayaking skills. Everyone receives personalised coaching, aimed at helping you demonstrate your 3 star skills to the best of your abilities. Whether you are above or below 3 star standard, then we will make sure you still get the most from the course, either by getting you well on the way to BCU 4 star level, or by consolidating 2 star skills.

As well as being a pre-requisite for the Level 2 Coach award, the 3* introduces the safety and rescue techniques required to kayak safely in a group, and technical skills to paddle on easy white water.

This course is overseen by experienced BCU coaches. At the end of the day, you will be given personalised feedback by your coach and an action plan to work through. This course can be taken in isolation, or in conjunction with the training course on the preceding day.


The course takes place on some easy moving water at a mutually convenient location. Typical venues include the river Irwell at Bury and the River Lune at Kirby Stephen. All public access courses take place within 30 mins of Manchester.

Pre Requisites

You should be reasonably confident that you are at 3* level, having undertaken some form of training, or have equivalent experience, equal to several weeks paddling. Please mention your experience level on your booking form.


All boats and technical equipment can be hired for a small fee.

What our customers say

I really enjoyed the course, thanks. – Sarah D, Manchester

Thank you for all your encouragement and support on the day, it was very much appreciated. – Sarah S, Cheshire

Course Duration & Cost

One Person Three or more people Private Course Maximum group size
Price £ per person per day 75 65 220 6

Training and assessment take one day each.

Dates and availability

The easiest way to find a date that suits you is to book online now. Alternatively, for more information call Will on 07941 645 520.

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