The British Canoeing Star Awards are designed for paddlers aged 16 and over.
1 and 2 star awards encourage paddlers to experience the various types of paddlesport available. Paddlers then 'specialise' in particular disciplines from the 3 Star Award onwards. The focus of the 1, 2 and 3 star awards is developing personal skills and gaining independence
It is not essential to progress directly through the awards i.e. paddlers don't need to hold the lower award before progressing