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3 Star Open Canoe

With our 3 Star Open Canoe Award paddlers can consider themselves to be an intermediate open canoe paddler rather than a beginner.


Paddlers should demonstrate personal competence in paddling open water in wind conditions of Beaufort Force 3 and on grade 1 moving water as part of a led group.


3 Star paddlers must:

  • Provide evidence of at least three different open canoe journeys, of about three hours duration (10Km) each; at least one of these needs to be in an open water environment, and one on a river trip

  • Maintain a consistent British Canoeing 2 Star standard of performance in an open canoe is required for anyone starting to work towards the British Canoeing 3 Star Open Canoe Award. It is recommended that the candidate holds the British Canoeing 2 Star Award

  • Have the ability to swim confidently in the open water and river environment, wearing normal paddling clothes

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