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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing 3 Star Touring Award (Canoe or Kayak) – Course Details


Date and Time

Training and Assessment




Duration: 2 days

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:30


Assessment Only



Duration: 1 day

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:00



The course will be based at two locations, day one would be at Taplow lake, the second day will be conducted in the context of a short trip on the River Thames and its backwaters

There is parking at the lake or for those travelling by public transport Taplow railway station is 15 min’s walk away. Location and directions can be found on the contact page of the website BC 3 Star Syllabus



For training

  • BC 2 Star or paddling ability of that standard

 For assessment

  • Provide evidence of at least 3 different flat-water journeys of about 3 hours duration (10km) each with at least one of these in an open water environment
  • Where 2 Star is not held, provide evidence of at least one session of about 3 hours duration in an alternative discipline. .

Course Programme

Successful performance at this level indicates that a canoeist or kayaker can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner having demonstrated competence as a member of a group paddling in a variety of venues. The BC Touring Awards are certificated as either Touring (Canoe) or Touring (Kayak) enabling paddlers to take the award in the craft of their choice. For further details on the course please see the 


*Please note on successful completion of the assessment there is a £25 (£12 BC members) certification fee payable directly to British Canoeing.


Personal Clothing and Equipment

Engage Watersports will provide wetsuits, spray tops and buoyancy aids and all boating equipment you will need for the course, all of which is included in the price of the course. Each participant will need to bring along swimwear, a towel, shoes you are happy to get wet in, and a rash vest/thermal top or tee shirt to go under the wetsuit. Hopefully it will be sunny so sun tan lotion and a hat would also be advisable. 


Other Facilities

At the lake there are both male and female changing rooms which have a single hot shower within each. Please note we have a reasonably priced café on site that provides hot and cold food and refreshments, if you prefer to bring a packed lunch then that’s fine but we would ask that this is consumed away from the café area if it is busy. A water bottle/hydration system to take afloat/use at the bank side is recommended.

Course Fee


3 Star Touring Training & Assessment


To book now click on the appropriate date below




3 Star Touring Assessment Only




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Course Director - Andy Maxted

Your course director will be Andy Maxted, a British Canoeing Licenced Course Provider and all round paddlesport enthusiast. Andy brings over 40 years’ experience of canoeing and kayaking having raced in slalom, wild water and marathon, led and participated in expeditions, white water paddling and creeking across the UK and Europe.