3 Star Award

3 Star Award paddlers paddling into the sunset

Successful performance in the 3 Star Award indicates that a candidate can consider themselves as an intermediate paddler rather than a beginner, the candidate having demonstrated personal competence in a chosen discipline.

3 Star Overview

Minimum age

Recommended from 14 years of age


  • Provide evidence of a certain amount of paddling time; this varies with each discipline
  • Maintain consistent 2 Star standard of performance in the appropriate craft before starting to work towards the Award.
  • Have the ability to swim confidently in the discipline environment wearing normal paddling clothes

More Information

For more information on this Award, view the relevant documents for the disciplines here

Find a Course

To find a course in your area, contact your Delivery Centre by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page

Next steps

Paddlesport Leader

Paddlesport Instructor

Course Documents

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

Course Content

The 3 Star Award is a discipline specific award and can be completed in:

  • Freestyle Canoe
  • Freestyle Kayak
  • Open Canoe
  • Sea Kayak
  • Sea Sit-On-Top
  • Surf
  • Touring Canoe
  • Touring Kayak
  • White Water Kayak
  • White Water Canoe


Candidates who successfully complete the 3 Star Assessment will receive a 3 Star Award Certificate following a recommendation from the course provider to the relevant Delivery Centre and upon payment of the certification fee.