WWR 3 Star Syllabus


Completion of the 3 Star in Wild Water Racing indicates that candidates can considerthemselves as intermediate paddlers in Wild Water Racing rather than beginners. Personalcompetencies would have been demonstrated on different rivers and at events where thewater is up to grade 2 in standard.

Two Star standard is the appropriate level to begin working towards their Wild WaterRacing 3 Star, the 2 star can be taken in any boat and does not necessarily have to havebeen done in Wild Water Racing boats.


  • Swimming. This should be signed off in the log book as witnessed or withcertification attached. 75m swim on the front and 25m on the back, orpersonal qualifications/certification from ASA/RLSS/STA etc.
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, Ideally with WW Racing craft used in the training
  • First Aid. A recognized 4 hour first aid qualification.
  • Evidence of Competting. Entered into the log book and verified.
  • Evidence of Paddling Grade 2 water. If this is not evident from the Race Results, then it would have to be evidenced by a coach.


Any Wild Water Racing kayak or canoe can be used, this includes Wavehoppers or othersimilar plastic boats. The award can also be assessed in a C2, it would be expected,however, that both paddlers are at a similar standard and ideally both are training for theaward.


For the flat water paddling skills, any flat water environment can be used. For the white waterpersonal paddling skills, rivers of Grade 1 standard with sections of Grade 2 are required.A number of different venues can be used over a period of time for assessment Suitable sites and individual rapids will be identified over time and information published toassist assessors in their selection of venues.


Attendance at a formal training course is not a requirement, however it is expected thatelements required are signed off as having been observed prior to attendance atassessment. This is to ensure that candidates are of a standard that 3 Star Assessment canbe safely considered For fitness sessions etc, then a PE Teacher or other suitableknowledgeable/qualified person can sign off as completed.


Current BCU Level 3 Wild Water Racing Coach or higher with Wild Water Racing 3 Star assessment accreditation.
BCU Wild Water Racing Star Awards

Part A – Flat Water Personal Paddling Skills

  • A.1 Fundamentals of Paddlesport - Posture, Connectivity, Power Transfer, Feel.
  • A.2 Basic Principles of Forward Paddling
  • A.3 Efficient forward paddling.
  • A.4 Steer and control with the edges of the boat
  • A.5 Moving sideways both stationary and on the move.
  • A.6 Supporting, both stationary and on the move
  • A.7 Rolling on flat water
  • A.8 Wash hanging on the side wash

Part B - White Water Personal Paddling Skills

Ability to manage the boat on typical grade 1(2) white water
Personal skills: Moving water.

Assessments should be conducted on sections of moving water of grade 1 to 2. Students shouldnavigate as directed by the assessor.

  • B.1 Lifting, carrying & launching
  • B.2 Breaking in and out
  • B.3 Ferry gliding
  • B.4 Efficient forward paddling on moving water with constant cruise speed
  • B.5 Good negotiation of rapids
  • B.6 Reverse Ferry Glide
  • B.7 Shoot small drops
  • B.8 Turn to one bank, then the other
  • B.9 Re-accelerate the boat immediately after a feature on the river
  • B.10 Take split times for a group of paddlers

Part C – Rescue Skills

The Training for this section will have been covered in the candidate’s FoundationSafety and Rescue Training (FSRT) Course. An assessment of their key skills isrequired though as part of their assessment process.

  • C.4 Throw line rescue
  • C.5 Capsize with spraydeck, swim and self-rescue
  • C.6 Defensive Swim

Part D – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills

  • D.1 Personal risk management
  • D.2 Awareness of others
  • D.3 Paddle a section of grade 2 water as part of a led group
  • D.4 Chase boating

Part E – Experience

  • E.1 Participation in Wild Water Races, Sprint, Classic and Team Events

Part F – General Fitness

Use of the following in Training

  • F.1 Paddling Ergo
  • F.2 Weight and/or Circuit Training
  • F.3 Core Functional Stability Training
  • F.4 Cardio vascular training

Part G – Compulsory Theory

The following Theory areas to be covered in a question/answer session

  • G.1 Equipment
  • G.2 Safety
  • G.3 Hypothermia
  • G.4 Environment
  • G.5 Warming up/cooling down
  • G.6 Clothing
  • G.7 Route Finding
  • G.8 Weather

Part H – Selected Theory

3 Topics from the following list to be covered

  • H.1 Components of Fitness
  • H.2 Mental Preparation
  • H.3 Wild Water Racing Rules
  • H.4 LTPD
  • H.5 Access
  • H.6 Injury Prevention
  • H.7 Strength and Conditioning
  • H.8 Training Principles
  • H.9 Where to buy Equipment
  • H.10 How to enter a race