British Canoeing 3* Sea Kayak Award and Assessment

Successful completion of British Canoeing 3* Sea Kayak Award is recognised world-wide as an indication that the holder has the personal skills, understanding and knowledge of sea kayaking and the wider environment as befits an improving intermediate sea kayaker.
Don't miss the opportunity to paddle in warm water and get a top certification while enjoying your holidays in Crete!

BCU 3* training in south CreteThe award requires the candidate to demonstrate competent and efficient paddling in a moderate tidal environment in winds not exceeding BF4 as part of a led group but with sufficient group awareness skills to assist in the smooth running of such a trip. Other areas assessed include forward and backward paddling, moving sideways, changing direction, supports, rolling, tow systems, deep water rescues and eskimo rescues as well as an understanding of tides, navigation, meteorology and trip planning.

Our training will be delivered over three days followed by a one day assessment. The emphasis will be on developing a strong group dynamic amongst the candidates as well as polishing personal paddling, towing and rescue skills while journeying along our fabulous coastline; these will be three busy but fun days with lots of learning opportunities. Some “dry-time” will be spent looking at tides and tidal planning, navigation and meteorology to enhance your paddling skills.

All of this will be delivered by Barry Curley, a very experienced UK based British Canoeing Coach and Sea Kayak guide. Barry has paddled the huge white water rapids of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, guided sea kayaking trips in St Kilda – the “Islands on the Edge of the World” - and even taken to open canoes with Enjoy Crete’s Stelios on the chilly waters of the English Lake District! He believes that “if it’s not fun, it’s not worth doing” and has a 100% success rate in all training and assessments delivered to date; several candidates have said, following their assessment, “that was a really good days paddling – it didn’t feel like I was being assessed!”

Why not join us for your sea kayaking 3* training and assessment and see if we can keep that 100% score intact?

Training Courses Dates

27-28-29th of May 2017 (3 days)
14-15-16th of May 2017 (3 days)
2-3-4th of June 2017 (3 days)
19-20-21st of June 2017 (3 days)
04-05-06-07 of November 2017 (4 days)

Water temperature during the November course are about 20oC while ground temperature varies from 12-25oC while summer months from 20-27oC.

Price: 250€ (the price include BCU certificates fees & assessment).
Price including accomondation (Based On Double Occupany. Single Supplement Applies.): 350€
Minimum participants: 4
Maximum participants: 8
Location: Depending the weather we will choose our location. Most of the times it will take place near Heraklion city.
Where and how to come: Air or ferry to Heraklion city on the island of Crete, Greece. An alternative is to fly over to Chania city (Ryanair has some cheap flights there) and then by bus (3 hours) to Heraklio.
From Heraklio the place that we doing the course is about 20 minutes driving and you can go either by bus or taxi.
Relevant documents from BCU for download: BCU 3 Star Sea Kayak Syllabus, BCU 3 Star Sea Assessment Notes, BCU 3 Star Sea Training Notes

Booking info

A deposit of 50% is needed in order to book a place in the courses. Payment of the remaining balance will be done before the beginning of the course. In case of cancellation the last two weeks before the course dates, the deposit will be retained unless the place is sold, in which case it will be fully refunded. In any case the course is cancelled from our side, the deposit is refunded. Use the form below to book for the course.