LANCASTER AND DISTRICT
Introduction to paddling 2011
BRITISH CANOE UNION AFFILIATED
The Lancaster and District Canoe Club are again holding Introduction
Courses for kayaking / Canoeing
These are based on the river Lune, operating from the 33rd Scout
HQ that gives direct access to the river.
All courses are run by qualified B.C.U. Instructors and Coaches.
The building has changing rooms and toilets.
We are a friendly club with plenty of junior members.
We look forward to seeing you.
An introductory evening will be held to pave the way for an intake of
1 star trainees, the course will cover all the requirements for the
BCU one star test, tuition and assessment. This will provide an
introduction to the sport and teach basic safety techniques.
Payment for the One star Introduction course should be by cheque
made payable to: Lancaster district canoe club, it should be
accompanied by the Introduction to paddle sport application form.
(Postal address on bottom of form)
£50 Child including membership
£75 Adult including membership
Those who hold 1 star and above will join as members and will be
entitled to take part in the clubs activities which, will be held on
Thursday evenings and during the weekends.
Those who wish to further their star tests will be assisted via
other members and instructors and assessed towards the end of the
summer season but it will not be a rigorous regime.
The idea is to have fun !!!
The new Star Award scheme provides the support and
encouragement paddlers need to get out and go paddling. The
initial awards are generic, encouraging paddlers to experience
the various disciplines of Paddlesport available, with paddlers
'specialising' at the Three Star Award.
The emphasis of these initial awards is to develop personal skills
and gain independence; the Four Star and Five Star awards are
leadership awards and enable paddlers to lead groups in
1 Star (Generic) Syllabus.
The 1 Star is a clear stepping stone to becoming a paddler.
Designed as a basic award, the one star is the level people would
typically reach after a short introductory course.
The award is obtained by taking the assessment in any style of kayak
or canoe (where the test is taken by a doubles crew, a variation of
bow and stern positions must be demonstrated).
Should be able to swim. This is desirable but not essential. If under
14 ,Paddle power might be more appropriate.
Current BCU Level 2 Coach or
New BCU (UKCC endorsed) Level 2 Coach
Part A -Personal Paddling Skills
1. A.1 Lift, carry and launching
2. A.2 Forward paddling over a distance of 100m
3. A.3 Steering and controlling
4. A.4 Return to the bank and get out
Part B–Rescue Skills
1. B.1 Capsize and be rescued or swim to the shore.
2. B.2 Emptying boats
Part C Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
1. C.1 Personal risk management
2. C.2 Awareness of others
3. C.3 Provide evidence of one journey of about 1
hour (3 km) duration (This could take place during the
Part D – Theory
1. D.1 Equipment D.4 Access
2. D.2 Safety D.5 Environment
3. D.3 Hypothermia/First aid D.6 General
Canoe England 1 Star Qualification Course
This course will combine coaching with an assessment at the end for
the award being taken. Star tests are a progressive series of tests,
designed by Canoe England as a means of assessing personal
Note: all courses are staffed/supervised by Canoe England/BCU
Coaches and Trainee Coaches.
The course has limited places, so booking early is essential.
The minimum requirements are that you are aged 12 (normally 2nd
Year of Senior School) or above and that you can swim 50 metres in
light clothing wearing an approved buoyancy aid.
The club reserves the right to decline acceptance of any person onto
Training and Assessment: See One star syllabus
Including BCU Badge/Certificate and all paddling equipment.
The hut will be open from 6.00pm and trainees are expected to
be on the water by 6.30pm
Thurs 5th May----- sign up night. Induction
Sun 8th May ----pool session Heysham pool 6pm at the hut, Please
bring roof bars if you own them.
Thurs 12th May ----On the water night ( Paddling )
Sun 15th May ----pool session Heysham pool 6pm at the hut
Sat 25th June -----Windermere day see Dave Horn
Thurs 30 June ------BBQ night you bring the food, we eat it!!!!
Meet each Thursday night until it’s too dark to play out.
More dates to follow /Check web site http://www.lancastercanoeclub.org.uk
Moving water /winter paddling ,dates on web page
The emphasis will be on the quality of coaching and fun. It will give
students a good solid base to go on to further awards if desired.
CLOTHING LIST FOR CANOEING / KAYAKING
*Trainers or plimsolls (not sandals or boots)
*T Shirt (Not Cotton), Sweatshirt, Jumpers (several thin layers are
*Jogging bottoms (not Jeans)
*Change of clothing (if you come already dressed for kayaking that is)
*If glasses are worn, they must be securely fitted and tied
*Old waterproof top or cagoule (windproof / waterproof)
* A warm drink may be welcomed after you get changed
The club holds regular swimming pool sessions; these are usually held
at Heysham Swimming pool.
These sessions are an ideal introduction to Kayaking and include basic
strokes, capsize drill, warm water games and lots of fun.
At the enrolment evening you will be told when the next pool session
is being held, it would be helpful if you could indicate if it is your
intention to attend. This will ensure enough boats are available at the
All equipment and a qualified instructor are provided. However, even
if you are not able to transport a kayak you must meet at the club hut
prior to the pool session (usually ¾ hr before the stated time) to
collect your equipment.
Cost is typically £6 per person for a 1½-hour session,
We have to pay for the pool
(Parents are welcome to come along & observe their Children).
MOVING WATER KAYAKING
The courses are designed to help people make the transition from
flat water to moving water and will help you move onto more advanced
These White water coaching sessions are held on Saturday
afternoons from late October onwards. The emphasis is on the quality
of coaching. More details later on in August
Rivers, ponds, and canals are usually infected with a bacterium which can cause Weil’s disease. Most
of the time Weil’s disease may take the form of a chill or possibly resemble an attack of Flu.
WEIL’S DISEASE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS OR DEATH.
For identification of the bacterium within 24 hours your doctor is reminded of the existence of:
THE LEPTOSPIROSIS REFERENCE UNIT
PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY
HEREFORD, HR1 2ER
Results of blood tests have been known to take two weeks or longer through the normal laboratory
system. Deaths and serious illnesses have occurred because of slow identification. For a positive
return within 24 hours the blood sample must be sent direct to the Lepto-spirosis reference unit.
A summary by Dr. John Whitehead, BCU Medical advisory Panel.
What is it?
Weils disease is a bacterial infection carried in rats urine, which contaminates water and wet
riverbanks. The bacterium does not survive long in dry conditions. It can occur in any water,
including swift streams and rivers. The likely of becoming infected is greater from stagnant or slow
How serious is it?
It can be a serious illness requiring hospital treatment and can lead to kidney or liver failure. One
patient in 19 dies with it. Weils disease is a notifieable illness.
How do I catch it?
The bacteria are absorbed through the skin and mucus membranes of the mouth eyes. It gets into
the blood stream more easily if you have a minor cut on your skin or feet or if you do capsize drill
What should I do about it?
If you fall ill with the symptoms after canoeing, particularly from 3-9 days following, then see you
The most common symptoms are:- Temperature, an influenza-like illness and joint and muscle
pains (pains in the muscles are particularly noticeable).
TELL YOUR DOCTOR YOU HAVE BEEN CANOEING AND WHERE, AND ASK HIM IF YOU
CAN HAVE A BLOOD TEST FOR WEIL’S DISEASE. TELL THE BCU WHO WILL LET THEIR
MEDICAL PANEL KNOW ABOUT IT.
Avoid capsize drill or rolling in or slow moving water.
Wash or shower after canoeing.
Cover minor scratches on exposed parts of the body with waterproof plaster.
Use footwear to avoid cutting feet.
If you have a flu like illness after canoeing go to your GP early – tell him/her you are a
canoeist and show these notes.
Let the BCU know if you contract the disease or if there is the likely hood of any local ban
on canoeing because of the disease.
Equipment will be selected for the trainees and allocated for use each
session. This not only saves time when getting on the water but
allows trainees to get used to the particular equipment. As the
trainees progress then alternative equipment will be introduced.
1. Buoyancy Aids
Zip up, Fasten Buckles, Hang on correct Peg
2. Spray Decks
Hang on correct Peg
Buckle up & Hang on correct Peg
4. Kayaks and Canoes
Sponge out, Check all accessories and Put back in the correct Space
Hang on correct Peg.
Lancaster and District Canoe Club
COURSE No:1 Star DATE: May /2011
AGE IF UNDER 18:_____ SEX:__________ Male /Female
NAME & ADDRESS OF NEXT OF KIN
Please give details of any condition (medical) or recent illness
that might affect your full participation on this course.
Can you swim 50 metres in light clothing wearing an approved buoyancy aid?
I understand that the Lancaster & District Canoe Club and its representatives
whilst taking all reasonable care can accept no responsibility for any loss or
damage to property or personal injury on any activity unless they are deemed to
As a member of the Canoe Club I will take care of all club equipment.
I also consent to any emergency medical treatment during the course.
Please make cheques payable to Lancaster & District Canoe Club.
Signed: Date __/ /_2011
Signature of parent/guardian if applicant is under
Cheques to be made payable to ‘ Lancaster and District Canoe Club’ Then
forward with completed form to Paul Britton , 26, Lincoln Rd , Lancaster ,
LA1 5DN (01524 381502 ) completed forms and cheques need to be at the above
address by Tues 3rd May
COURSE No: 1star 2011 Date __/ /_2011
THE SUM OF:------------RECEIVED WITH THANKS ON BEHALF OF
LANCASTER AND DISTRICT CANOE CLUB.
Signed: Date __/ /_2011