BCU Training & Assessment

The British Canoe Union (BCU) is the most recognized and respected paddle sport coaching and awarding system in the world. All of Body Boat Blade's Coaches are trained and certified in the BCU and work within the remits of their awards, if you have taken any class from a Body Boat Blade coach you have already been exposed to the BCU. If you are an open minded learner who likes challenges the BCU will accelerate your mastery of this great sport.

Star Award Assessments

Assessments measure your abilities at different levels of your development. Assessments help students set goals, gain clear understanding of skill sets to either reinforce or improve upon. Assessments also motivate practice, accelerate learning, and allow matching paddlers with similar skills to courses. Body Boat Blade has one of the most skilled and highest rated assessing teams in North America. We can assess the Star and Coaching Awards listed below.

 

BCU 2 STAR SKILLS TRAINING — 2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: Foundation skills / BCU 1 Star award plus some time in your boat, comfortable with a wet exit.

In this class you will develop skills and understanding through the use of multiple paddle craft such as sea kayaks, canoes, white water boats, recreational kayaks and stand up paddle boards.If you love the water and small boats you will love this class!

The 2 Star Award is a requirement for all paddlers interested in becoming a BCU UKCC Coach for Paddlesports North America.

BCU 3 STAR SKILLS TRAINING — 2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: Foundation skills / BCU 1 Star award plus some time in your boat, comfortable with a wet exit.

As a 3 Star paddler, you can skillfully control your kayak in a variety of conditions through a blending of body, boat, and blade positions. Your skills are efficient, with an awareness of the effect the environment has on your kayak. You operate as a competent member of a group, with a good awareness of yourself and others. You participate in the planning of trips, and if called on you have solid rescue skills and the ability to tow. This two day course starts you on the pat to becoming a 3 Star paddler.

Note: This training will not include surf landings.

FOUNDATION SAFETY & RESCUE TRAINING : BCU FSRT2 Days

FEE: US $290.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: BCU 2 Star Skills

This comprehensive class will give you a large "tool box" of practical rescue skills that can be used on flat water or in advanced conditions. With cutting edge knowledge from coaches with the experience to know what does and does not work on the water, you will learn to solve problems that arise during rescues, and which safety products are effective. Risk assessment as a method to avoid needing to do rescues will also be emphasized throughout the course. This class is highly recommended for anyone leading groups or teaching in clubs.

The FSRT is a prerequisite for the BCU coaching curriculum.

COASTAL NAVIGATION & TIDAL PLANNING : Includes BCU 4 Star Requirements3 Days

FEE: US $395

Dates:May 13 - 15

Prerequisites: BCU 3 Star skills or equivalent

With a blend of classroom and on water sessions we will weave our way through a beautiful archipelago both in daylight and at night to build your confidence as navigators. Using the tools of kayak navigation: compass, chart, and watch, we will help you master this very important skill allowing you to keep track of where you are on the water and when you need to take your next turn. You will learn to adjust for currents and wind, safely cross shipping lanes, hit your destinations on open crossings and arrive when you planned to! With solid navigation skills you will become the captain of your craft!

BCU 2 STAR ASSESSMENT — 1 Day

FEE: US $145.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: BCU 1 Star Award

For description and requirements for this award go to www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org.

Body Boat Blade courses designed to help you gain this award:

and lots of time paddling with friends!

BCU 3 STAR ASSESSMENT SEA KAYAK — 1 Day

FEE: US $145.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: BCU 2 Star Award

For description and requirements for this award go to www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org.

Body Boat Blade courses designed to help you gain this award:

And lots of time paddling with friends!

COASTAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING : Includes BCU 4 Star Leader Training Curriculum : Option A3 Days

FEE: US $525.00

Dates:Call us at the office to find out about upcoming dates or to set up a private session.
(360) 376 - 5388

Prerequisites: BCU 3 Star Award, Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planing Course

This course is designed to develop your personal skill level and leadership abilities to lead a group or journey as a team in moderate coastal waters. Emphasis will be on judging the conditions and the abilities of the group to make appropriate decisions about planned routes along with the need to modify plans as needed. Option A consists of 3 days on the outer coast of Washington with no overnight camping. Includes BCU 4 Star Leader Training Curriculum If you hold all the prerequisites for the New BCU 4 Star training ( www.paddlesportsnorthamerica.org ) This course will meet the required hours of formal training needed to attend an assessment.

COASTAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING : Includes BCU 4 Star Leader Training, Coastal Navigation & Tidal Planning Curriculum : Option B 6 Days

FEE: US $825.00

Dates:Jun 25 - 30

Prerequisites: BCU 3 Star Award

This six day version of our coastal leadership courses is focused on leading and navigating in a tidal environment while camping along the way. This coarse will meet the BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning prerequisite as well as the required 18 hours of BCU 4 Star training. Each day we will generate a risk assessment and trip plan. Each student will have an opportunity to lead and navigate the group for a full day through the tidal waters of the San Juan Islands. When not leading you will stay involved in the planning navigating and shepherding of the group and will be asked to work as a the co-leader.Option B consists of one day of classroom and 5 days on the inner tidal waters with 4 nights camping. This course will meet the required hours of formal training needed to attend an assessment. Note: this training will likely not include surf landings.

 

How To Register

Contact Body Boat Blade with the names and dates of the classes/trips you would like to register for. We can answer all of your questions, talk about class/trip prerequisites and requirements, and get you signed up!

Payment

Body Boat Blade accepts payment with most major credit cards, PayPal, cash (US only), and checks.

A deposit of 1/2 the class fee is due at the time of registration with the balance due at the time of the class.

Cancelation Policy

You can cancel and receive a full refund, minus a $25.00 office fee, if you cancel 30 days prior to the class date. You will not receive a refund if you cancel less than 30 days prior of the class date, unless we can fill your spot, in which case you get a full refund minus the $25.00 office fee.

 

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