As they develop skills, people like to have their progress marked in some way.

Members can progress through the BCU Star Awards and the BCU Pool Skills Awards. Junior members are encouraged to start on the BCU PaddlePower award scheme.

From time to time coaching is also provided for members preparing for more advanced awards and for those interested in specialist skills such as Playboating. These are run at a minimal cost.

Once you have become a proficient paddler, you can, if you wish, start to prepare to become a BCU coach yourself. The Club will help with guidance and tuition and costs to help you develop your coaching skills and qualifications.