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BC 3 Star Training & Assessment - Open Canoe

Qualification Level - 5 days | Prices from £525.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

This course is a combined training and assessment. The week will be structured to meet the group’s needs, plenty of time will be spent developing the wide ranging skills required to efficiently paddle a canoe in a variety of environments. These environments will include simple moving water, as well as open water with winds not above force 2-3.

The course will look at both solo and tandem skills, with the opportunity to develop whichever of these is of most interest. In doing this all aspects of the 3 Star will be covered, and it would be hoped that by the end of the week the 3 Star Award would be attained.

The BC 3 Star Award indicates that the paddler is of intermediate ability and is competent to be a member of a led group.

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Dates & Prices

25/06/18
Cost (with accommodation): £650.00
Cost (no accommodation): £525.00

Is It For Me?

The BC 3 Star Award indicates that the paddler is of intermediate ability and is competent to be a member of a led group in open water up to wind conditions of Beaufort Force 3 and on Grade 1 moving water.

Course Aims

This five-day course will provide relevant training to allow paddlers to progress towards and hopefully pass their BC 3 Star Canoe Award.

Course Content

The week will be structured to meet the groups / individual needs, plenty of time will be spent developing the wide ranging skills required to efficiently paddle a Canoe in a variety of environments. These environments will include simple moving water, as well as open water with winds not above force 2-3. The course will look at both solo and tandem skills, with the opportunity to develop whichever of these is of most interest. In doing this all aspects of the 3 Star will be covered, and it would be hoped that by the end of the week the 3 Star Award would be attained. The BC 3 Star Award indicates that the paddler is of intermediate ability and is competent to be a member of a led group.

During the week if any pre-requisites are not held (Three Canoe journeys of 3 hours duration with one of these being on open water and the two star award or one session in an alternative craft) then this can be covered as part of the week.

All of the above will be covered using any of the Lodge’s on site facilities of lecture rooms, rolling pool and pond, along with the local rivers and lochs that are most appropriate.

For further information and more detailed syllabus please contact the SCA on 0131 317 7314 or look on the Coaching part of the website;

http://canoescotland.org/courses-training/bcu-star-awards

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

Our open boats are all new from Hou Canoes, Mad River, Wenonah and Venture.

Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.

We use a range of paddles depending on the activity, Lendal and Werner for sea kayaking and Werner for river/surf kayaking and canoeing. There are specialist additional open boating items such as paddles, poles and sails.

GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:

  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for out of season kayak courses)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • Split Paddles

EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.

Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
  • Fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Sun cream – you just never know! ***
  • Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
  • Insect repellent – it may be midgey!***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock
  • Waterproof notebook ***

Glenmore Lodge has a pool, gym & climbing wall, so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open. Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

When you meet your trainers they will need to see the following:

  • Log Book showing evidence of any Canoe Journeys undertaken, as well as any experience in other disciplines.
  • Two Star skills are required, although the award itself is not a requirement.

Note: It is not essential to be a member of either the SCA or BC to undertake training.  However, we recommend that all students join before attending.  Tel BC on 0845 3709500; or Tel SCA on 0131 317 7314.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews Read all reviews

Possibly the best course I've been on. The pace was great, the group gelled really well, trips were well selected to offer us the right level of challenge and learning experiences. Lots if laughter and learning...I had a brilliant week. Great I got my award but sad its over.
leigh murray Reviewed on 03/07/2016
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One of the best learning experiences of my life. Our instructor Jools was not only an amazing teacher but the passion he has for open canoe was addictive.
Tobias Leask Reviewed on 03/07/2016
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james nicoll Reviewed on 28/06/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

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