British canoeing 1 star

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​Cost: £80

  • 1 day course or 2 half days
  • Works on basic boat control and foundation skills
  • Price per person

The BCU 1 Star is a perfect introduction to becoming a paddler. Designed as a basic award the 1 Star is only a 6 hour course. This course can be taken is a range of different craft solo and crewed boats, sit-on-tops and competition craft. This course is a fun introduction to the sport and is designed for all ages and abilities.   

Course content

  • Launching and recovering
  • Forward paddling over 100m
  • Steering and controlling
  • Rescue skills


  • 8 years of age

What to bring

  • Pack lunch
  • Weather appropriate clothing and footwear
  • Note pad and pen

Where to go

Wimbledon Park Watersports Centre
Home Park Road
SW19 7HX

We recommend using public transport to get here.


Sat nav post code SW18 5NW takes you to McCluskey's newsagents, on the corner of Revelstoke Road and Elsenham Street, just outside the park.

There is a small pay-and-display car park by Revelstoke Road, but it is often full.

Free car parking is also available at the Wimbledon Park Road entrance (sat nav SW19 6PE). It is a slightly longer walk across the grass to the Watersports Centre.

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During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there is no vehicle access to Wimbledon Park for dropping off and collecting. These parking restrictions may be enforced before the start and after the end date of the championships. Please check the All England Lawn Tennis website for specific traffic restrictions.


Courses will only run if sufficient numbers are booked, a full refund will be given if a course is cancelled by the Council.

No refunds or alternative times/dates will be given.

Courses will run regardless of weather conditions; refunds will not be given in the event of bad weather.