1 Star Award

1 Star

The 1 Star Award is a clear stepping stone to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award, the 1 Star is the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of 6 hours’ quality water time. This award is a sheltered water award that can be taken in any craft.

1 Star Overview

Minimum age

Recommended from 14 years of age


Guided Learning Hours:  6


  • Candidates must be water confident and, ideally, should be able to swim (this is desirable but not essential)
  • If candidates are under 14, the Paddlepower (Go Canoeing/Skills Building/Paddlepower) program may be more appropriate

Find a Course

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Next steps

2 Star

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here.

Course Content

  • Personal Paddling Skills
  • Rescue Skills
  • Safety, Leadership and Group Skills
  • Theory


Candidates who successfully complete the award will receive a Star Award Pass Slip from the provider.

Completed Pass Slips will need to be returned to the provider’s Home Nation Association with the certification fee.

A 1 Star Certificate will then be issued to the candidate.