Paddlesports – Coaching awards

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The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water environments
  • Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.

Core coach training course.

Core Coach Training Prerequisites

  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

You will also need a base level of knowledge about the discipline(s) you wish to coach; this provides the content of WHAT you will be coaching. Whilst the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning covers the expected prior knowledge of the HOW to coach content. Your course provider can provide further guidance.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award is an entry point qualification and offers discipline specific pathways across all disciplines.

Our Award is designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline or environment.

The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.

The Coach Award is discipline specific and we are currently offering:

  • Canoe Coach (SW)
  • Kayak Coach (SW)
  • Canoe and Kayak Coach (SW)
  • Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Coach (SW)

SW – Sheltered Water



N.B – Prices do not include home nation membership, course registration fees or certificate fees.

Paddlesport instructor (2 day) £195
Core coach training (2 day) £195
Discipline specific training (2 day) £195
Discipline Specific Assesment (1 day) £90