Set up in 1936 to send a team to the Berlin Olympics,
the British Canoe Union is the lead body for canoeing
and kayaking in the UK. Today the BCU has over 25,000
members, 469 affiliated clubs and 145 approved centres.
There are an estimated 2 million people take to the
water in a canoe each year. The vast majority do so
under a watchful eye of one of the 13,000 BCU Qualified
coaches or as part of an affiliated organisation.
There are currently a number of Canoe qualification
courses open to Cadets
to participate in during the summer months, controlled
by "The Cadet Centres for Adventurous Training".
These courses are 5 days in duration, and are held at
one of the three National Cadet Adventurous Training
Centres. The courses range from the basic Kayak
Foundation Course, designed to teach you the basic
canoeing skills, water confidence and rescue skills,
through to the more advanced. All of these courses are
designed to give you the skills you require to successfully
pass one of the BCU awards.
The awards are split into two main categories "Kayak"
Canoe". Both of these categories have
different levels of expertise starting from the "1
Start Award" to the "4 Star Award".