The British Canoeing White Water Kayak Award conventionally consists of a one day assessment, however in order for you to warm up, brush up on your skills and perform at your best for the assessment we have combined it into a 2 day course with the assessment taking place on the second day. While it is not imperative, before taking the assessment it is recommended that you have already undergone Whitewater Kayak Training. However, if you have not taken the previous awards or training session but feel you have sufficient relevant experience it is best contact us to discuss taking the assessment.

The award will  assess and build upon the skills of previous white water experience while preparing you for a range of white water situations in the future. The assessment will require evidence of at least 3 previous white water sessions (log book) in more than one location, and skills including advanced control of the kayak (e.g.ferry gliding), capsize recovery and theory among other skills.

If you are an experienced kayaker but have never tried white water kayaking, or would like to build on your skills and experience before getting the award, our White Water Kayak Award Training course is the ideal next step for you.

  • White-water theory
  • White-water safety awareness
  • Equipment selection
  • Kayaking techniques
  • Rescue techniques
  • Access and egress


These courses are run on a private booking basis, please contact us to make a booking.


2 Days

Group Size

4-6 Weekdays / 4-6 Weekends


Minimum age: 18 Must be able to swim 50m fully clothed (2 lengths of a standard pool).

You must be a competent flat water kayaker; it is recommended that you hold the BCU 2 Star Award or have equivalent experience, and have experience of kayaking in grade 2 waters (must be able to proivde evidence e.g. log book)

Course Syllabus
Download the BCU 3 Star White Water Kayak Award syllabus here.


£130pp (Group Size 3-4)
£120pp (Group Size 5-6)

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Equipment supplied

You will need your own boat and equipment; kayaks and equipment can be borrowed with prior arrangement.

Equipment needed

Suitable clothing for the time of year should be worn. A complete change of clothes or a wetsuit with appropriate footwear is also needed. We will provide you with a kit list


Lift sharing can be arranged, or we will meet at the venue.


To keep the course costs down accommodation is not included. We can usually recommend some places to stay.