Sea Kayaking Courses


British Canoe Union (B.C.U) 3 Star

Becoming an Intermediate paddler.

The new BCU 3 star award indicates that a paddler can demonstrate the skill, understanding and knowledge necessary to journey in a moderate tidal environment as part of a led group, with winds no more than force 4. The BCU 3 star award is the criteria for becoming a level 2 coach. 

The course can be a one day assessment for £75 per person.


The award is obtained by taking the assessment in a closed cockpit sea kayak or sit on top suitable for journeying on the sea.


Candidates must be able to swim 25 m and have evidence of two short journeys. The three star paddler will be a competent performer in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, alongside paddlers of a similar standard, on sheltered water.

Personal Paddling Skills

  • Lift, carry and launch.
  • Efficient forward paddling.
  • Maintaining direction.
  • Moving sideways.
  • Steering and controlling.
  • Supporting strokes to avoid capsizing your kayak.
  • Rolling.

Rescue Skills

  • Capsize and recovery. Deep water rescue.
  • Contact tows and use of towline.
  • Eskimo roll (self rescue if on sit on top)

Safety, Leadership and Group Skills.

  • Personal risk management.
  • Awareness of others.
  • Paddle as part of a led group.


  • Equipment.
  • Sea safety.
  • Weather.
  • Hypothermia.
  • Access.
  • Enviromental.
  • Planning.
  • Group awareness.
  • General knowledge.
  • Navigation.

Arvor invest in top quality kayaking equipment to ensure that you’re safe and can enjoy your session in a variety of sea kayaks or sit on tops.

Destination Cornwall

The course can be run from the port of Falmouth in Cornwall. Falmouth is the third deepest harbour in the world and has many areas of outstanding natural beauty including Maenporth Beach which is used on calm days with a journey up to the  Helford River. No matter the weather we can always find a suitable location.