This award moves on from the two star and builds on your skills by adapting them to the moving water environment. At this level the award then diversifies and specialises in the different paddlesport disciplines of White water, Sea and Surf Kayaking and Open Canoeing. The 3 star award shows a solid intermediate paddler who can look after themselves and who is a competent group member is their chosen discipline.
Successful completion of the 3 Star Open Canoe award indicates that the paddler can consider themselves an intermediate paddler, confident on open and easy moving water. They can do this in a competent manner as part of a led group and have the knowledge and ability to help the smooth running of a trip while being led down a section of a river with sections up to grade 2.
This is a training course and assessment takes place on an ongoing basis meaning we can pass the award upon seeing all relevant criteria set by British Canoeing. We will work together to provide feedback and an action plan to achieve the award or if successful, to take you further in your paddling.
The course day starts at 9.15am and ends at 4.15pm. Should you have any further requests or require additional information please feel free to contact us.
Completion of the British Canoeing 2 Star or equivalent. Good flat water skills. Feel free to call us if you’d like any further information.
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Experienced coach, small group ratios, top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets
Swimming clothes, sunglasses, sunhat, suncream, footwear that you can get wet, change of clothes, drinks and snacks
Hightide Kayak School, Strandbad Bönigen, Lütschinenstrasse 24, 3806 Bönigen
By Public Transport
Bus 103 from Interlaken Trainstation Ost or West to Bönigen See (direction Iseltwald). Runs at :05 & :35 throughout the day taking 5 - 10mins. Check your times at http://www.sbb.ch/fahrplan.html. Short walk (3mins) from the Busstop to the Strandbad. This bus is free with your guest card and runs every 30 minutes from Interlaken Ost or West.
Direction to Interlaken
Take the A8 to Interlaken. Exit at Bönigen, turn left on to Hauptstrasse and take the first exit at the roundabout on to Interlakenstrasse. After the bridge turn right in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.
Direction to Brienz
Take the A8 to Interlaken and Exit at A26 Interlaken Ost. Follow the signs to Bönigen. When you get to the bridge turn left in to Lütschinenstrasse. You will find a small parking area at the end of the road.
From Interlaken Ost follow the signs to the boats. Turn right at the river and follow it along the trail signs towards Bönigen. Turn right after the camping sight and walk to the end of the road (around 35mins).
Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.
Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.
Our current availability can be seen through the “book now” button. If you can’t find your dates, please write and we’ll do what we can to fit you in.