Sometimes I think there's a misconception that 5* means going out in the big stuff and limping home with broken boats & tall tales. It's a leadership award that says you're safe and competent to lead a group of skilled paddlers in open water conditions. It's not about hard-charging, it's about bringing your awareness to another level and refining skills. The award is highly attainable for most paddlers I know yet very few of them work towards it. For me, it's always been a personal goal and a milestone. Paddling is my biggest connection to the outdoors and the better I get at it, the further it will take me. If you have any interest in the British Canoe Union, read more about the awards here.
|Santiago & John formulating a plan|