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British Canoeing

3 Star White Water Kayak Training / Assessment

Course Dates:
15,16 November 2018

£155 per person

Cost includes the opportunity to try a Dagger white water creek boat. Boats must be booked at the time of payment of course fees and are available on a first come, first served basis.


White water kayaking is at its core about our ability to put the boat in the exact place we want it, whatever the conditions. When possible we use the river to help us, however sometimes that isn’t possible. Either way, if you can control the boat on easy water the process is the same in more advanced conditions. 

At Wild River we pride ourselves on our technical understanding of the discipline. We will teach you the most up to date techniques that will allow you to progress without any barriers.

3 Star Kayak

Course content

A 3 Star white water paddler can paddle as part of a group on a grade 2 river. In order to do that they need to read the river ahead of them, make swift calculated decisions about where to go and combine a range of technical skills to achieve this.

These include:

  • Use of acceleration
  • Making dynamic changes of direction
  • Feeling the river and reacting to it to maintain direction
  • Using eddy lines to help you move around the river

Since we all get it wrong sometimes rolling is definitely a tool for the 3 Star paddler.

If required a swimming pool session can be included in the course. Where possible we do this early on the second morning of the course.

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You can attend our 3 Star courses as a training or assessment or perhaps both.  It is two days of coaching in the skills needed for white water paddling on grade 2 rivers and has the opportunity to achieve the British Canoeing 3 Star Award. All candidates leave the course with a very clear, precise and personalised action plan: safe in the knowledge that they have a range of techniques that are effective and safe.


Depending on water levels there are a wide range of perfect venues for this course throughout the lakes. Venues we use for this course include the river Lune, various sections and flat water sites, the rivers Eden and Brathay.

We have a small but very high quality fleet of Dagger creek boats  that can be used on our 3 Star courses. Please see our Equipment page for further details.

3 Star Kayak

Which Dagger creek boat would fit you?

Dagger creek boats

Let the experts help you find out.

We understand that boat fitting is crucial to advanced performance. Wild River now has a fleet of the latest models of Dagger white water creek boats, in all sizes. Fitted with the top specification Contour Ergo Creek outfitting, we can find the right boat for you.

Join one of our 3 Star White Water courses and get the opportunity to try for yourself, free of charge. Boats must be booked at the time of payment of course fees and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Terms and conditions
Although we do expect the boats to be used for their purpose and therefore some damage can occur, we would ask that you take great care and look after the boats you use. Treat the boat as if it was your own.

We ask that you:

  • Make sure airbags are fully inflated before use.
  • Avoid dragging the boat over sharp rocks.
  • Think about white water moves that have a high chance of impacts.
  • Report any damage as soon as possible.

Should boats get damaged due to negligence by the user we would expect the user to pay for repair or replacement.

Boats are allotted on a first come basis according to the payment date of the course fees. If you want to be sure of paddling a specific boat then full payment of course fees will guarantee this. 

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Be able to swim.

Experience of paddling on grade 2 water.


British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak Syllabus

3 Star White Water Training Notes

3 Star White Water Assessment Notes

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BCU 3 Star White Water Kayak

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