Regaining BCU qualifications

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Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by millsrock1 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:10 pm

Hi
Some years ago I held my BCU level 2 kayak,I have not been a member of the BCU for several years and have been told that my level 2 will no longer be valid
Is this true,if so what can I do to regain it
thanks
Craig

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by twopigs » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:44 pm

You want to "regain" your BCU Level 2 kayak coach award?

Just phone them up and rejoin. There was some threat at one time of the old coach awards being regarded as no longer valid if you stopped being a member - but it was pointed out that they had awarded the qualification and they could not just take it away. They will expect you to go through the Coach Update process and have a valid First Aid award before you can give out pass slips - but I'd expect your LCR or ACR to be pleased you want to go back into the fold and even might encourage you to consider upgrading your qualification to the new style Level 2.

Apologies to everybody out there who says "New style"? They have been going for nearly 10 years. We used to be able to talk about BC Level whatever coaches and UKCC Level whatever coaches - now it appears that BC are encouraging everybody to say BC not UKCC so it's no longer easy to distinguish between us old style BC coaches and the more recent style BC coaches.
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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by Jim » Sun Jan 22, 2017 7:22 pm

It may be cheaper to start from scratch, there used to be a requirement to pay back membership fees for all the years in between as well as doing an update, but they might have changed that?

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by Adrian Cooper » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:29 pm

They will expect you to be 'revalidated'. So you will need:

BC membership
First aid certificate - current
Safety skills update, suggest you renew FSRT for good measure
'Update' for which you should have attended a coaching update / conference or maybe attended a skills award such as alternative discipline 3*

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by jamiemagee » Sun Jan 22, 2017 8:45 pm

Won't fsrt count as an update?

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by YorkieDave » Sun Jan 22, 2017 9:23 pm

I believe you also need a reference from a coach one level higher when I last looked

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by millsrock1 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:53 pm

Thank you guys for your help
it all seems a little bit unfair given that you never lose your ML or SPA regardless of membership of the governing body,but hey it is what it is
I guess I will have to give them a call direct
many thanks
Craig

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by YorkieDave » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:40 am

millsrock1 wrote:Thank you guys for your help
it all seems a little bit unfair given that you never lose your ML or SPA regardless of membership of the governing body,but hey it is what it is
I guess I will have to give them a call direct
many thanks
Craig
Please post back their response, would be interested to hear what they say.

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Re: Regaining BCU qualifications

Post by chriscw » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:37 pm

I have known a few people in this position in the past. Most of them have just had to rejoin and do an update and of course have current First Aid qualifications. Your first step should be to phone British Canoeing and speak to someone in the coaching department. Do not be shy to mention paddling you have been doing or other sport and coaching activities.

It will do not harm at all to have both Kayaking and Canoeing qualifications. I remember being asked by some coaches to put them through the canoeing side of the new 2 star early on in the UKCC process.
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