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BCU 4 star training

Three days sea kayak training with Mark Tozer

BCU 4 star training

BCU 4 star training

Brittish Canoe Union, BCU is an international recognized certification system for professionals and athlets . The system has a 1-5 star grading system, where 5 star is the highest level. The first levels focus on your kayaking skills as a member of the group in protected waters where the higher levels fokus on your skills as a leader in rough sea.

This course is for all of you with good kayaking experience that would like to develop you kayaking and leadership skills. The course is a preperation for a separate assesment course. The idea is to coach and develop your skills so that you become more comfortable as a kayak instructor or leader. After completing the cource you will have 3 years to complete the assesment and receive your certification.

The focus is to develop you paddling skills, safety and rescue, navigation and leadership. The aim of the cource is that you will be comfortable to  lead a group of paddlers, on short (6 to 8 miles, of at least 3 hours paddling), single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4.  This is a perfect cource if you work or intent to work as an kayak instructor or guide.

BCU Star Award trainer

BCU Star Award trainer

Mark Tozer

Mark Tozer has been messing around in all kinds of boats in all kinds of waters as an active paddler and coach for the past 25 years, with sea kayaking being his specialism. Mark has gained a number of British Canoe Union awards including the coveted Level 5 Coach (Sea). He is a coach trainer and assessor as well as a BCU Star Award examiner.

Mark has participated in and lead a number of overseas expeditions to such places as Alaska, Baja, Norway, Greenland, Morocco, Tanzania, Kenya and Ecuador as well as completing a doctorate (PhD) in expedition leadership.

Syllabus

Presented below is a summary of the threedays cource please read the Syllabus, Training notes and Assement notes for further information.

Paddelteknik

Paddelteknik

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills

A.1 Lifting, carrying, launching and landing
A.2 Efficient and effective sea paddling
A.2.1 Forward paddling
A.2.2 Reversing and stopping
A.2.3 Maintaining direction,
A.2.4 Changing direction
A.2.5 Moving sideways
A.2.6 Suporting
A.3 Rolling in rough water (on one side only)
A.4 Pratcial Navigation on the water and in poor visability

Bogsering

Bogsering

Part B – Rescue Skills

B.1. Have knowledge of, and demonstrate skillful application of, appropriate rescue skills
B.2 Self-rescue
B.3 Be conversant with different methods of towing

Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

C.1 Skillful application of leadership principles
C.2 Appropriate leadership strategies, judgement and decision-making
C.3 Safety awareness and risk management
C.4 Exercise appropriate group control and management and show concern for the general welfare of other group members
C.5 Demonstrate the capability to manage a range of incidents
C.6 Provide guidance trough top tips and handy hints

Leadership

Leadership

Part D – Theory

D.1 Equipment and design
D.2 Safety (including Coastguard and rescue services)
D.3 Weather
D.4 Wellbeing, health and first aid
D.5 Access
D.6 Environment
D.7 Planning
D.8 Group awareness and management
D.9 General knowledge
D.10 Navigation
D.11 Collision requlations and signals
D.12 Leadership responsibilities
D.13 Water features and hazards

BCU 4 star

BCU 4 star training

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Requirements
You have previous kayaking experience both from flat water and more rough sea.
It is also a benfit if you have previous guide or instructor experience that you would like to develop.

Bring
Bring your own kayak or rent a fully equiped kayak from us.
Bring tent and camping equipment if you would like to camp on one of the islands close to the center.
Bring food and outdoor cooking equipment for the days when we are out kayaking

This is included in the course
3 days instruction and coaching by Mark Tozer BCU Star Award Trainer and Examiner
Coastal navigation and Tidal planning certificate
BCU 4 star training certificate (valid for 3 years)

We treat you for lunch and coffe during the theoretical first day of the course.
We also treat you for a dinner the final day

 

Date Time Place Price Status  
19-21 June 2016 09:00-18:00 Grönemad, Grebbestad 4500 sek full/booked  
June 2018 09:00-18:00 Grönemad, Grebbestad 4750 sek 6 spots available  
 

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