BCU 3 Star Training

The BCU 3 Star Training is a two day intermediate sea kayak course.  This course does not start with the basics, but rather seeks to improve existing skills for experienced kayakers who are ready to move up to the next level.  If you have been paddling for a while, or are planning a sea kayaking adventure, 3 Star Training is an excellent way to refine skills and build confidence.

BCU 3 Star Training

Date and Time: Thursday, June 21 – Friday, June 22, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

At the 3 Star Level, paddlers will show skill with a variety of strokes, maneuvers and rescues.  Participants will train on efficient forward paddling, maneuvering on the move, and linking strokes into maneuvers.  Basic understanding of tides and navigation are also covered in this course.  The best trainings are fun, so games and scenarios are included as an essential part of the learning process.

Each day we will be on the move, as on a journey, so be prepared to eat lunch along the way and have all of your kit packed and ready to go at the beginning of the day.

At the end of the training the Coaches will set down with you and work out a plan as to what steps you may take to be at a point of passing the 3 Star Assessment.

Cost:   $250 Per Person  or  $175 Per Person for Port Austin Kayak Symposium Participants

 Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be given prior to May 1, 2018

Refunds between May 1 and June 1, 2018 will be assessed a $50 processing fee.
There will be no refunds after June 1, 2018

Number of Students:  Maximum 12

Required Gear:
Boat – Sea kayak with bulkheads and deck lines
Drysuit or wet suit or both or what ever is appropriate for you in the temperature of the time—we will be spending plenty of time in the water
Paddling Jacket
Spare Clothes
Spray skirt
Spare Paddle
Tow belt
Lots and Lots of Water
Contact tow
A packed lunch for both days
A thermos with a hot liquid
On water snacks,
Map/chart of the area
Waterproof paper and pencil or china marker to take notes
BCU Log book if you have one
BCU handbook if you have one
VHF if you have one
The kitchen sink….


Rowland Woolven
British Canoe Union Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach

Rowland Woollven started kayaking whilst at school and progressed through the disciplines of down river touring and racing, canoe polo, slalom, sprint, marathon and long-distance racing before settling on sea and surf kayaking as his main interests. Rowland has worked on a large number of kayaking symposiums in the UK and USA, both as an on-water coach and as a principal speaker and lecturer. His main area of interest for sea expeditions is South East Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia, where he has led several major trips, including a 6 week circumnavigation of the Queen Charlotte Islands in 1998. Other expeditions in the past have taken him to Norway and France. Closer to home, in 2008 he paddled three-quarters of the mainland British coast. He finished the circumnavigation in 2012 – having taken rather longer than planned! 

Rowland lives near Oban on the west coast of Scotland and will be the guest coach at Port Austin Kayak Symposium for the 2nd time.  We are very excited to have him and his smile return.

Bonnie Perry 
BCU 5 Star Leader on the Sea
UKCC Level 3 Sea Coach
BCU 3 Star Assessor
ACA Level 4 Instructor Trainer
Paddle Canada Level 2 Instructor
Wilderness First Responder 

Bonnie Perry is a sea kayaker based in Chicago who paddles, coaches, teaches and explores all over the world.  Nothing makes Bonnie happier than coaching and paddling with people in ALL sorts of conditions. She has had the opportunity to paddle and teach in the Midwest, Maine, Canada, Baja, Scotland, England, Wales and New Zealand. 

She is a  top level coach and instructor with certifications in the American Canoe Association (ACA), the British Canoe Union (BCU), and Paddle Canada.  By day she is the Rector/Senior Pastor of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago.

Like her on Facebook at Bonnie Perry Paddling.


Lyn Stone
ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Instructor with Rolling and Adaptive Endorsement
UKCC Level 2 BC Coach
ACA Level 2 Essentials of Canoe Touring – Solo and Tandem Instructor
ACA Level 2 SUP Instructor

Lyn Stone has been a camp counselor, gym teacher, map maker, triathlete, project manager, paddlesports coach,and outdoor school instructor! She is amazed by how such a zig-zag path can land you in the right spot. Her coaching philosophy has been influenced by the many great coaches and instructors with whom she have worked and trained. She strives to find each person’s starting point and help them move on their own path with a focus on building confidence for their own journeys. The skills she has gained as an American Canoe Association and British Canoe Certified Kayak, Canoe and SUP Coach she also apply to the variety of outdoor school programs that she leads and assists.