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This Award Assessment is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

Paddlesport Leaders will need to show sound personal skills in at least one craft and their leadership skills will be assessed looking after paddlers in a range of craft, including mixed fleets. The award will be useful for Leaders in clubs, centres, commercial settings, schools, Duke of Edinburgh and youth/uniform groups.

This 2-day course will look at all aspects of the BC Paddlesport Leader Award. The Paddlesport Leader Award is a non-discipline specific award – in that you can choose what craft you would like to paddle and be assessed in the appropriate environment. For the BC Paddlesport Leader Award, you will be based in the appropriate sheltered water environment which includes slow moving water and wind effected open water.

The assessment will include personal paddling, equipment awareness, environmental awareness and supporting knowledge. In addition to this safety and rescue will be covered along with leadership of a group of four paddlers.



Paddlers wishing to complete a Paddlesport Leader Assessment are required to register with their Home Nation before they are able to attend the assessment.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date. At the point of registration, evidence of the following is required:

  • Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day First Aid award
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Registration Fee: £39

You must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.

Paddlers who already meet these prerequisites are invited to register now using the Leader Registration (LR) Form HERE.

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Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-1700

Minimum Standard: See Pre-requisites

Minimum Age: 16 yrs. 

Anyone under the age of 18 years must have a Parental Consent form completed and signed by a parent/guardian - this must be handed in to reception on arrival during registration, without this form participants will not be permitted to take part.

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