BCU 4 Star Touring Leader Update.
It has been agreed by the Touring Discipline Working Party and COG that there is only one BCU 4 star Touring Leader award.
You may take the assessment in whatever directionally stable boat you prefer and you will take the assessment in only one boat.
While you have to demonstrate your personal skills in your chosen craft, you will be assessed leading a group of paddlers in a variety of craft, which may include Canoes, kayaks, sit on tops, race or sea craft, solo or crewed boats. Fundamentally you will have sufficient knowledge of the other craft you are leading to ensure a safe and enjoyable day out.
It was felt that as this award could be taken in either a canoe or kayak, paddling solo or as part of a crew, which might include a sea kayak, a ruddered race boat or a sit on top that there were too many variations and we were in danger of creating too many awards, one for each craft or position in that craft.
It is felt that a paddler who has passed the 4 star leader award has the knowledge and can be trusted to make a judgement on the day as to which style of craft they paddle to lead a group from, and we would expect them to make this decision based on their training and experience.
The Note for Deployers in the Syllabus has been reworded:
“The BCU recommend that the BCU 4 Star Touring Award is the appropriate qualification to lead general purpose kayaks, touring kayaks, white water kayaks, and open canoes in sheltered tidal water, sheltered inland water, and moderate inland water. The candidate is able to choose the craft from which they work, and are assessed specifically working from that craft. They should therefore be deployed working from the craft in which they were assessed, unless they have further experience or training to suggest otherwise. The leader is responsible for ensuring that they are competent in the craft paddled”.
The award will be certificated as 4 Star Touring. No record will be kept of which craft was used.