1 Star Syllabus
The British Canoeing 1 Star is a clear stepping-stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic
award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of 6 hours
quality water time.
Candidates must be water confident, and ideally should be able to swim (this is
desirable but not essential). If under 14 the British Canoeing Paddlepower program
may be more appropriate.
This award can be taken in any type of paddlesport craft, including:
Any updated British Canoeing Coach.
A very sheltered or sheltered water venue.
Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
A.1 Lifting, carrying and launching
A.2 Forward paddling over a distance of 100m
A.3 Steering and controlling
A.4 Return to the bank and get out
Part B – Rescue Skills
B.1 Capsize the craft and be rescued or swim to the shore (whichever is most appropriate to the
craft and conditions)
B.2 Emptying boats
Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
C.1 Personal risk management
C.2 Awareness of others
C.3 Provide evidence of 1 journey of about 1 hour (3 km) duration
(this could take place during the assessment)
Part D – Theory
D.3 Wellbeing, health and first aid