BCU 3 Star Course Description


BCU 3-Star Course

Saturday and Sunday - May 23-24, 2020

On-Water Class, Intermediate, Limited Class Size

Both Euro and Traditional Style Paddlers Are Welcome, Helmets are mandatory

We are pleased to be able to offer our advanced beginner and intermediate kayakers the opportunity to take the BCU 3-Star class with Bonnie Perry. Bonnie is a long time instructor at the WMCKA symposium and is certified as a BCU 5-Star paddler, BCU 3 Sea Coach and ACA Level 4 Open-Water Instructor Trainer.  She paddles with both a Euro and Traditional blade.

The BCU 3-Star course is a great way to see if you’ve made the transition from beginning to intermediate paddler. The BCU 3-Star course will provide instruction and training in the following areas: 

  • Basic strokes and maneuvers (such as edging, stopping, moving forwards, backwards and sideways),
  • Advanced strokes (such as bow rudder, low brace turn, high/low braces and sculling for support). 
  • Towing
  • Rescues
  • Incident management (There will be the enactment of several paddling scenarios that will test your ability to perform rescues, offer basic first aid, and make use of the accumulated knowledge of fundamental kayaking theory.)

This two-day class will offer you the necessary preparation to assess for the 3-star award at a later date. At the end of each training day the instructors will offer you feedback as to whether or not you are ready to test for the 3-Star award and what areas you might want to focus upon before testing. The class will be fun, informative, and supportive and filled with fascinating kayaking technique. Both Euro and Traditional paddlers are welcome.

Because the 3-Star is a two-day course participants will not be able to take other on-water classes during the symposium until Monday morning.  All participants will have their paddling skills assessed prior to taking part in this class on Friday evening.  If you are a beginning paddler who has had no to little prior instruction this is not a class you would be able to take. For example if you have not wet exited your kayak, know how to do at least one assisted and one solo rescue, and are not comfortable paddling in 8-10 knots of wind and one foot waves then you should plan on participating in the symposium classes.  You will need a drysuit or wetsuit, helmet, and sea kayak with bulkheads and sprayskirt to participate.

Registration is limited to 8 participants.  Register for the symposium first and then for the BCU 3 Star.

The 3-Star will take place on Saturday/Sunday on Lake Michigan with a Participant Review meeting (see below) at 9:00 PM on Friday evening. On Saturday morning, you will meet at Duck Lake State Park at 9:00 am.

Please note:

The 3-Star course is one of the courses with the highest demand and the least number of slots available.  Class size is limited to 8 paddlers.  WMCKA will maintain a list of provisional participants in order of payment received.  Participants registering without payment will be placed on a Wait List until payment is received. When payment is received after signing up the paddler will be registered in the order of payment.

A participant review will be held on the evening of Friday, May 26th to ensure that each paddler has appropriate skills and equipment for attending the class.

Participation is at the discretion of the instructor and participants remaining on the Wait List or without the appropriate skills or equipment are allowed to participate in all of the other WMCKA Symposium classes.

Class cost is covered with your Symposium registration fee.

Contact Bonnie Perry at bonnie@allsaintschicago.org for vetting and questions