BCU 3 Star Assessment


BCU 3 Star Assessment with Alder Creek Kayak in Portland, Oregon.

This sea kayak specific test is designed to show that a successful candidate has the appropriate level of skill to paddle safely in moderate water conditions on coastal journeys, and they may consider themselves an intermediate sea kayaker. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip in this environment. The assessment will be against criteria set out in the BCU 3 Star Sea syllabus and will cover the following areas: -Personal Paddling Skills Lifting -Carrying and launching/landing -Efficient forward paddling Reverse paddling -Stopping Maintaining direction -Changing direction -Moving sideways -Supporting Rolling -Securing -Rescue Skills -Deep-water rescue -Contact tows and use of tow line -Eskimo rescue (self rescue sit on top) -Safety, Leadership and Group Skills -Personal risk management -Awareness of others -Paddle as part of a led group -Theory Equipment Sea safety Weather Hypothermia/First Aid Access Environment Planning Group awareness General knowledge Navigation.

To recognize the level of skill, understanding and knowledge demonstrated (whilst journeying in a sheltered sea 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.

Link to BCUNA site

Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, Jantzen Beach:
200 NE Tomahawk Island Dr. Portland, OR 97212 (503) 285-0464.
Exit 308 off I-5 in North Portland, head east on Tomahawk Island Dr. for 7/10 of a mile, look for the store on the right.

Gear requirements for the BCU 3 Star Assessment:

  • Kayak, Paddle, Sprayskirt, PFD.
(we can provide if needed)
  • Sunglasses with retention device
  • Sunscreen, lip balm
  • Sun hat, rain hat, and/or fleece hat
  • Proper immersion wear for the weather, (we can provide if needed)
  • Water bottle
  • Lunch and snacks