With any BCU star assessment, putting in the necessary paddling time is a really key factor when it comes to passing or failing.
Although technique is a crucial part of your paddling, having the fitness to go the distance is super important and when you're put in a leadership role it could save lives.
For Gareth and Co. this meant braving the cold on a February morning for a 14km paddle from Barry to Penarth, in preparation for an upcoming sea kayak 4 star assessment.
Navigation at this point is becoming second nature, thanks to continuous practice and some late night map reading. You really do need to train hard as well as play hard!