BCU Level 3 - Surf (old scheme)
Assessments for the ‘old’ BCU Level 3 will continue to run until 31st
December 2010. Training courses are no longer running, but it is
possible to apply for exemption from Level 3 Training with relevant
experience / qualifications– see below for details.
Purpose & Remit
BCU Level 3 surf coach can work in moderate water conditions in the surf
(up to 3') and can assess 1, 2 and 3 star awards
(to assess the new 2 star award you must also hold 2 star in canoe or
the new 2 star).
Exemption from BCU Level 3 Training
coaches who already have the relevant level of ‘how to coach’ training
and can prove their personal skills / leadership skills in this
discipline can apply to by-pass BCU Level 3 Training.
- BCU Level 3 coach (or higher) in another discipline + ‘new’ 4 Star Surf Leader OR ‘old’ 4 star Surf
Level 3 coach (or higher) in another discipline + a letter from a
coach able to assess the old 4 star / Level 3 to say you are of
If you wish to apply for exemption from
BCU Level 3 training, in order to access the BCU Level 3 assessment,
you need a letter from an assessor of the BCU Level 3 to say that you
are of appropriate standard. Please send applications for the attention
of Nigel Midgley to our usual address, found here
. If successful, you will be sent a letter along with a stamped C1 form, ready to be taken to your assessment.
What do I need to do before the assessment?
You must meet the following prerequisites:
- Be a current comprehensive BCU / CW member
- Have attended an 8 hour first aid course within the past 3 years
attended a two-day BCU Level 3 training course within the past 3 years
or received exemption from Canoe Wales, as outlined above.
must have a stamped C1 form, which will have been signed by the
provider of your training course to confirm attendance or by a CW
coaching officer to confirm exemption from training.
- You must have at least 30 hours of logged relevant coaching experience
You must take your logbook, the C1 form, originals of all certificates and your membership card to your assessment.
are old BCU Level 3 assessments running to meet the demand of
those wishing to qualify before the end of 2010, please see our dates list
for details of all courses currently registered with us.
What can I do next?
described above, a BCU Level 3 surf coach can work in moderate surf
conditions and are qualified to assess
1 star, 2 star and 3 star surf awards as well as the PaddlePower
and PaddleSport awards. In order to provide the new star awards,
coaches must complete the star award assessor registration form
(please also note that to assess the new 2 star award you must also
hold 2 star in canoe or the new 2 star). You will continue to be able
to work within this remit and assess the star awards for which you have
registered for as long as you remain current
For details of development pathways from BCU Level 3, please see this page