Venue: Anglesey North Wales
Duration: 2 days
28-29 October 2017 – SPACES
Coach: candidate ratio – 1: 3
The British Canoeing 5 Star Leader Award is a discipline specific award and you will be assessed in appropriate advanced sea conditions and
environments. Please read the relevant BC documents for further details.
The assessment course will include personal paddling, journeying, leadership, navigation, tidal planning, equipment awareness, safety / rescue and other relevant knowledge areas.
A variety of venues will be used and the emphasis will be on making best use of the sea conditions and venues around the Anglesey coastline.
The current syllabus and guidance notes for the BC 5 Star Sea Kayak Leader award are available below. All candidates for the award should consult these notes, especially those relating to the aims of the award, pre-requisites and assessed skills.
Candidates wishing to attend a BC 5 Star assessment course with Kayak Essentials must first register with their BC Home Nation, by submitting a completed LR Form. Overseas candidates, if not BC members, can apply to the Home Nation of their choice. This needs to be completed prior to booking
The following prerequisites for assessment are required:
- 5 Star Leader Training within the last 3 years
- BC Open Water Navigation & Tidal Planning
- 16-hour First Aid certificate (inc CPR) within last 3 years
- VHF Marine Radio short range certificate
BC registration fee, included with the submitted LR Form:
£15 BC members; £25 non-members
You must provide documentary evidence of a minimum of 30 varied, quality, advanced sea kayak days in 3 non-adjacent sea areas
(see BC 5 Star Sea Kayak Assessment Notes for more guidance)
Age: 18 years or older
It is not possible to proceed directly from 5 Star training to
assessment, in the same week. The BC LR application process must be followed, unless you have either:
- already completed a 5 Star training course in the past, and have already obtained a stamped BC LR Form, or:
- you have gained approval from BC to proceed directly to
assessment (via the BC APL process). This decision will be made by the BC, not Kayak Essentials.
Once registered, candidates can book place on an assessment course. Please go to our booking page for further details.
3 weeks prior to course date:
At this point we will establish course numbers and (confirmed
bookings). If there are sufficient candidates (minimum 3), we will confirm the assessment on the advertised dates. We will also provide any specific pre-course information.
These notes are guidelines to indicate the overall content of the
assessment course. Specific timings may vary according to group size, venues and paddling conditions – and will be discussed at the initial day one meeting.
Please arrive at the assessment venue (to be confirmed with
candidates prior to each specific assessment) with the following:
- Stamped BC LR Form
- Written log of relevant sea kayaking experience.
- If logged electronically, please email us the file prior to the
- Hard copies of all prerequisite certificates
Candidates should also have an up to date weather forecast and tidal picture for the Anglesey coastline for both assessment days – be ready to discuss expected conditions and possible paddling areas with us at the start of the assessment.
Day One 0900: meet at agreed venue:
Course introductions, prerequisites, administration, logistics,
Assessment activities on day one will include: personal paddling; leadership legs; incident management scenarios; navigation. The paddling group will include the candidates and assessor(s); there will be no other paddlers to lead. Candidates will be asked to
demonstrate self-rescue and rolling skills, in accordance with the award guidelines
Day Two 0900: meet at agreed venue
Leadership day: candidates will lead a group of up to 4 students (less experienced paddlers than the candidates; around 4 Star standard) on a suitable journey in qualifying conditions. Each candidate can
expect to be solely responsible for the group for around 2 hours on this day.
We will take a positive approach to allow candidates to perform to their full potential. There will be frequent opportunities to discuss assessment tasks and check understanding. The assessment will be broadly holistic, with final decisions made in the light of the
candidate’s overall performance across both days.
At the end of the assessment, we will conduct an assessment review and debrief, with outcomes discussed and explained to candidates. If you are not successful, we will explain our decision, discuss detailed performance elements, agree an action plan for a future assessment – and will provide a written version within a week of the assessment.