White Water Kayaking Award - 2 Days

The White Water Kayaking Award (formally 3 star) is designed to enhance your skills judgement and decision making for journeying safely on white water, up to grade 2.
Previous paddling experience is essential and you need to be competently paddling on sheltered water prior to attending this course.

This course is a natural stepping stone for those who have been on our Introduction to White Water Kayaking course.

Our expert instructors will build on your existing knowledge of the white water and build your confidence through techniques and theory. Over these two, adventure-filled days, we will teach you how to plan a river trip, read the water, break in and out of ‘eddies’ and ‘ferry glide’ across the river, and loads more!



October to March


2 Days

Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To build on existing moving and white water kayaking skills with a view to planning and executing your own trips.

Who is it for?

Anyone wishing to endorse their white water kayaking skills on grade 2 water.


You must be a competent flat water kayaker with some moving / white water experience and you will need experience of the capsize procedure using a closed cockpit kayak and spray deck.

Course Syllabus

Please follow this link to download the syllabus from the British Canoeing website.


For those that wish to gain a British Canoeing White Water Kayak Award, will need to complete the theory sessions and homework on the course. Attendance of this course will not necessarily get you up to the required standard to pass as everyone progresses at a different pace.  Those unsuccessful will be given an action plan to gain the required experience to pass the award.

Certificate fees are not included in the course costs, this must be paid directly to British Canoeing.


We work on a maximum group ratio of 1-6 on this course.

If you are a canoe or kayak club looking to bring a larger group, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Skills covered

  • River selection, logistics, navigation
  • Access and egress
  • Equipment selection
  • Communication skills
  • White water kayaking techniques
  • Hazard identification / avoidance
  • Ferry gliding
  • Breaking out / in
  • Rescue techniques



Equipment supplied

All kayaking and safety equipment is supplied including:

  • Kayak (if you are bringing your own kayak please let us know the make/model in advance)
  • Paddle (if you require a left-handed paddle, please contact us in advance)
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Helmet
  • Spray deck

Equipment needed

For all kayaking courses you must have extra warm clothes and waterproofs, we will provide you with a full kit list upon booking.

  • Wetsuit / drysuit
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Extra jumper
  • Warm hat / gloves
  • Towel
  • Lunch / Snacks / water
  • Medication / Tablets / Inhaler etc.
  • Dry bags (to store your kit in your boat and for wet kit at the end of the day)

The above list is just a guide and appropriate clothing for the time of year should be worn. We highly recommend you have a dry bag for all your kit on the water and to put your wet clothing in at the end of the day.

*Clothing should comprise of several layers to trap the warmth. Please do not wear denim as it restricts movement, is cold when wet and is slow to dry. You must wear footwear whilst kayaking (old trainers, plimsolls) please don’t wear sandals. Wetsuits are not required as they only work when they are wet; if you wish to bring a wetsuit we still recommend you have a warm top.

Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.


Lift sharing can be coordinated.


2 Nights Bunkhouse Accommodation.

Please note: we are not providing catering or accommodation until Autumn 2022


Day 1: Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 2: Breakfast and lunch included.
The evening meal is not included, but please join us at the local pub for some food and a pint.

Please note: we are not providing catering or accommodation until Autumn 2022