BCU Star Award Updates April 2014

Following the launch of the revised BCU Star Award Syllabus, Training and Assessment notes in October 2013, we have a few amendments to make. On the whole these amendments are in response to feedback or questions that have arisen in the initial roll out of the updates.

Updates to the Sea Kayak 4 and 5 Star Awards

VHF Radio Licensing Requirements for BCU 4 and 5 Star Sea Leaders:

The need for candidates to show evidence that they meet the VHF Licencing requirements has been removed. This has been removed from the Assessment Prerequisites and does not need to be checked by the provider or the Home Nation at registration. Licensing is a legal obligation; the responsibility lies with the candidate.

The following change has been made to the 4 and 5 Star Sea Kayak Syllabus:
“All candidates are required to carry a VHF radio. The provider will assess radio protocol and that UK residents are aware of licencing requirements.”

Self-rescue for 4 Star Sea Kayak Leaders:
Clarification has been made to the environmental conditions required for the self-rescue.
Page 2 of the Assessment Notes have been updated to:
“B2. Self-rescue: Paddlers must be able to get back into their kayak from the water unaided in sea state 2-3”.
The above changes have been made to the Sea Kayak 4 and 5 Star Syllabus, Training Notes, and Assessment Notes (all now V3-1).

Update to the Touring 4 Star Syllabus

The page numbering has been corrected in BCU 4 Star Touring Leader Syllabus, now V3-1.

Updates to the White Water 3, 4, and 5 Star Awards

WWSR (AdWWSR) Requirement for 4 (and 5) Star White Water Awards:

The need for candidates to complete the prerequisite WWSR (AdWWSR) within 3-years before 4 (5) Star assessment has been amended. The WWSR (AdWWSR) training is still required; however, the 3-year time limit no-longer applies.
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 they attend the BCU WWSR (AdWWSR) training to ensure this is the case.
Changes have been made to the 3, 4, and 5 Star WW and OC1 Syllabus (all now V3-1).

Rolling for 3 Star White Water Kayak & OC1:

The need for candidates to roll up on both sides has been removed. Page 1, A5, Rolling, has been updated to:
“The ability to roll is a key river skill. Paddlers will be able to roll up (on either side) following a capsize to both the left and right. A confident, consistent, and repeatable roll is required”.
The BCU 3 Star White Water Kayak and OC1 Assessment Notes have been updated to V3-1.

Personal Skills for OC1 paddlers:

The need for 3, 4, and 5 Star paddlers to show personal skills on both sides has been removed. At the start of the personal skills section the following paragraph has been updated:
“Paddlers are required to show skills in both directions, and ….………… (Paddlers can use their chosen on-side and cross deck strokes as required; the ability to switch/paddle on both sides is not required)”.
The BCU 3, 4, and 5 Star White Water OC1 Syllabus, Training Notes, and Assessment Notes have been updated to V3-1.

White Water Kayak and OC1 Combined Assessments:

Courses in Multiple Disciplines: we have made the following addition to the Star Award Guidance Notes V6-2 (page 4):
“For combined White Water Kayak and White Water OC1 3, 4, and 5 Star Assessments (and 4 and 5 Star Training) the course Director must hold provider roles in both WW OC1 and Kayak. However, the second provider only needs to hold the role that is relevant to the majority of candidates (i.e. WW OC1 or Kayak)”.

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