British Canoeing leadership courses

From 2021, British Canoeing no longer require participation in a formal training course prior to a leader assessment. Course attendance is therefore optional.

 We will provide an excellent training experience that will develop your leadership skills, and give you the preparation needed to be successful at assessment.

 

Paddlesport leader

The Paddlesport Leader Award is open to all paddlers! The award supports your existing skills and enables you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable trips.

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their activity delivery on mixed craft. This includes single or tandem craft.

What can I do with the award?

Your award will support you to run safe and enjoyable trips, based on your group’s needs and aspirations. You will lead journeys, on sheltered water, for a range of mixed craft.

As a Leader, you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

    What are the prerequisites? 

    Training

    Be comfortable padding your chosen craft (Canoe, kayak, sit on top kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard)

    Have some experience of paddling in a sheltered water environment. 

    Assessment

    Full ‘On the water’ British Canoeing member

    16 years of age or older

    Appropiate first aid qualification

    Registered for the award

    How will I be assessed?

    We do everything we can to take the stress out of assessments, we are focused on the journey and not the destination. The experience will be safe, engaging and enjoyable, with you at the heart of the process, involving you in as much of the decision making as possible.

    By the end of the assessment, you will have to demonstrate knowledge and skills in four areas:

    Participant focused leadership skills

    Personal paddling skills

    Rescue skills

    Underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience

    The assessment takes place over 1 or 2 days depending on the logistics relating to access to suitable environments

    Useful resources can be found here

    Course cost

    Training (2 days) – £200

    Assessment (2 days) – £200

    Assessment (1 day) – £150

    Course Dates

    Training – Contact for dates

    Assessment – Contact for dates

     
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    Paddlesport touring leader award

    This award will support you to run safe and enjoyable trips, based on your group’s needs and aspirations. You will lead journeys, on moderate inland water, for a range of mixed craft. 

    What are the prerequisites?  

    Training 

    You need to be able to independently paddle on open water, rivers up to and including short stretches of Grade 2. 

    Assessment

    • Registered for the award
    • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3years).
    • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
    • Full National Association Membership

    Additional information can be found here  

    Course Cost

    Training (3 days- including mock student day for practice) £250

    Assessment (2 days) – £200 

    Course Dates

    Training

    14-15 August (Derwentwater)

    Assessment

     9-10 October (Derwentwater)

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    sea kayak leader (Tidal)

    WHAT CAN A SEA KAYAK LEADER DO?

    Your award will support you to lead safe and enjoyable short, single or multi-day journeys. You will lead sea kayakers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort force 4.

    What are the prerequisites?

    Training

    Previous experience and requirements for attending a training course include the ability to paddle in f3/4 winds from any direction, surf 1-metre waves, paddle in a 1-metre swell, 2 knots of current. It would be useful but not essential to be able to self-rescue and roll on flat water, plus manage an assisted rescue in previously described conditions.

    Assessment

    • Registered for the award
    • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3years).
    • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
    • Full National Association Membership
    • Suitable costal navigation award eg British Canoeing Costal Navigation and Tidal Planning.

    Useful resources can be found here

    Course cost £200

    Course dates

    Sea kayak leader training

    18/19 September (Anglesey)

    6/7 November (Anglesey)

    Sea kayak leader assessment

    TBC

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