BCU 5 Star Inland White Water – Assessment
Successful performance on the BCU 5 Star Inland White Water Assessment at this level indicates that a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water kayaks.
Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water. The BCU 5 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The BCU 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award.
Following assessment BCU 5 Star Leaders must have in place civil liability insurance (Included in comprehensive Home Nation membership), knowledge of Child Protection guidelines and good practice including checks where necessary and maintain evidence of currency.
Paddlers of white water spec. open canoes may also be interested in the BCU 5 Star White Water OC1 Leader Award.
Rivers up to and including grade 4(5). (Extracted from BCU Terms of Reference)
Any white water kayak that is safe and fit for the purpose for the remit of the award and the assessment tasks.
Personal and group equipment appropriate for the remit of the award and relevant to the assessment environment and venue.
Training and Assessment Courses:
To achieve BCU 5 Star Inland White Water Kayak Leader candidates are required to attend BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader Training. This involves at least 2 days of formal training in personal skills, leadership, and safety and rescue. Some training courses also include the prerequisite BCU Advanced White Water Safety Training course (extending the programme by an additional 2 days). Training is valid for 3 years, during this time, and upon completion of the assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment.
Assessments are normally run over 2 days.
- Home Nation BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leadership Registration (LR)
- Valid (within 3 years) BCU recognised 2 day first aid award
- Previous experience: the candidate must provide documentary evidence of a minimum of 30 varied, quality, advanced white water kayak river days in 4 different geographical areas, and logged experience of paddling grade 5. This experience needs to include time spent with a variety of groups in a variety of conditions. These conditions will include low to high water and rivers that are different in nature including:
- small narrow rivers
- wider larger volume with a more open feel to them
- steeper technical rivers
- pool drop rivers with features such as slides, drops and waterfalls
- BCU 5 Star White Water Kayak Leader Training (within last 3 years). This includes at least 2 days’ logged experience of formal training in personal skills, leadership, incident management, safety and rescue prior to assessment. Whilst 2 days is seen as the minimum requirement, 3, 4, 5 or even 6 days may be more appropriate
- BCU Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue (AdWWSR). Candidates need to ensure their safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before presenting for an assessment; it is strongly advised that their AdWWSR training is recent to ensure this is the case.
- Candidates must be 18 or over at the time of assessment
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