Friday, 11 May 2012

Off to Studland...

Will shortly be heading down to Studland for 3* Sea Kayak training. Wrong way around perhaps, I think I had the training in Anglesey! Still this will be a good chance to practice rescues and there is always more to learn. I've not used Studland Sea School before so they might even have a few neat little tips & tricks of their own to teach - each place tends to have their own little take on how things are done.

I won't be filming in Studland - have enough to do with the 42GB (16 hours) of Anglesey footage! I will however take my stills camera.

The video of Anglesey might be a while as i've had to disassemble my main PC for the move to the new house. This laptop isn't powerful enough to edit video on. But here are two teaser images... the second from our fated night paddle where we were racing time to get to the bottom of the Menai Straight before the tide switched.

Anyway, Here's the 3* syllabus just to give you an idea of what i'll be doing...

BCU Three Star Sea Kayak Syllabus


To recognise the level of skill, understanding, and knowledge demonstrated (whilst
journeying in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group with winds no more
than Force 4) is of the standard of an able improving sea paddler and beyond that of
the beginner.

A consistent BCU Two Star kayak standard of performance is appropriate for anyone
starting to work towards the BCU Three Star Sea Kayak award.

Provide evidence of at least 3 different journeys on the sea, of about 3 hours
duration (8nm) each. (Kererra / IOW / Anglesey).
Provide evidence of at least 1 session of about 3 hours duration, in an
alternative discipline

A closed cockpit kayak, or sit-on-top suitable for journeying on the sea.

Personal equipment carried by an able improving sea paddler and appropriate to the
conditions and the remit of the award is required.

Assessment Venue
The assessment will take place during a suitable sea journey, with wind up to and
including Force 4, Sea State 3.

Registered BCU 3 Star Sea Assessor
For details of staffing requirements and ratios, please refer to the latest version of
the BCU Staffing Requirements and Ratios document, available from the BCU or
Home Nation websites. Assessment may only be conducted by those qualified and
registered to do so.

The candidate is required to perform all skills on both sides.
If the kayak is fitted with a rudder, it must be disabled for the duration of the

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
A.1 Lifting, carrying and launching/landing
A.2 Efficient forward paddling
A.3 Reverse paddling, stopping
A.4 Maintaining direction
A.5 Changing direction
A.6 Moving sideways
A.7 Supporting
A.8 Rolling
A.9 Securing

Part B – Rescue Skills
B.1 Deep-water rescue
B.2 Contact tows and use of towline
B.3 Eskimo rescue (self-rescue if using a sit-on-top)

Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
C.1 Personal risk management
C.2 Awareness of others
C.3 Paddle as part of a led group

Part D – Theory
D.1 Equipment
D.2 Sea safety
D.3 Weather
D.4 Hypothermia / first aid
D.5 Access
D.6 Environment
D.7 Planning
D.8 Group awareness
D.9 General Knowledge
D.10 Navigation, including; 
  • Basic recognition of main buoyage.
  • Basic knowledge of collision regulations and sound signals.
  • Ability to identify position by using a grid reference and a latitude and
  • Use a compass to paddle on a bearing.
  • Ability to calculate distance and paddling time.
Fun, fun!

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