British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Award

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Leader award is targeted at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments.

Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled leaders.

This course typically covers leadership skills, and the associated personal skills, safety and rescue skills. As this training is delivered by British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Providers, they will also be able to help you identify an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. This is the comprehensive 2 day programme. You may also wish to consider supplementing this training with the following more specific British Canoeing courses for targeted development.

  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • Personal Skills Training via Personal Coaching
  • Personal Performance Awards

Guidance is offered below to help you construct this personalised development journey.

In order to achieve the qualification you need to show competence in the following elements:

●        Participant focused leadership skills

●        Personal paddling skills

●        Rescue skills

●        Underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience

The Paddlesport Leader Assessment is offered as a single day assessment with one or two candidates being assessed leading a group of paddlers in mixed craft in both wind affected and slow moving water environments.


Training (2 day) £195
Assessment (1 day) £90
Training and Assessment (3 day) £285