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BC Paddlesport Instructor Award

kayak - Up to 6 people


British Canoeing believes in a participant led approach when creating and enabling experience from which people will enjoy, learn and develop through paddlesport. The Paddlesport Instructor course is designed to support instructors to deliver safe, engaging, empowering and enjoyable paddlesport sessions with the paddler at the heart of the process; whilst also fostering a sense of a paddling community and supporting the inherent social aspects of the sport. We hope through this approach that paddlers will achieve and celebrate success (this success being focused on the journey and not the destination).

The instructors’ experience through the qualification pathway should also be safe, engaging and enjoyable; with the instructor being able to guide their own learning and development. Our course tutors should deliver the programme using a supportive and empowering approach to instil an active passion for both paddlesport and instructing. Whilst meeting individual needs, fostering a sense of a paddling community, and developing understanding and respect for the environment in which paddlesport takes place.

Upon successful completion of this course, the course provider will recommend the candidate for certification. Certificates will be emailed to the candidate with the craft stated on their certificate.

Please Note:

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we are offering COVID Secure activities to the public.

To ensure that we can provide a safe environment for all participants and our staff, we are implementing the following procedures;

  1. We ask that you not attend if your child, or anyone in the household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  2. We will coordinate all activities so your children will join your group straight away after sign in.
  3. We will ask all children to wash their hands upon arrival, in between activity sessions and prior to eating.
  4. We will offer activities that do not require high physical support / physical contact.
  5. We will be deep cleaning twice daily as a minimum standard.

What to bring

Please ensure you are appropriately attired for the day and that you are dressed for immersion. We will be afloat for most of the day so please make sure you have food, a hot drink and a change of clothes or extra layers in a dry bag with you. If you require any kit, please get in touch to make the necessary arrangements. We will be providing all the necessary boats and safety equipment however please feel free to bring along your own.


Please make sure the following pre-requisites have been met: 

  1. Foundation Safety and Rescue Training prior to attending the course – if you are attending an FSRT course within a couple of weeks of the Paddlesport Instructor Award course, please ask the provider for the course number so we have a record of it. 
  2. Explore level of proficiency in paddlesport or Paddlepower Discover – certification is not essential, however if you are unsure of your skill level we do run accredited proficiency awards.
  3. A stamped CR form
  4. Home Nations Membership – NB. Non-members have the option of joining the relevant Home Nation Association on the first day of the programme. Membership application forms can be returned together with the CR Form and Membership fee of £45 if necessary.
  5. Be the age of 14 years or older at the time of the course.


The combined training and assessment practical course, is based on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the instructor needs to ensure the participants in their care are appropriately provided for. This includes:

Practical skills (training focus):
  1. the ability to effectively prepare a group for an activity (e.g. kitting up and getting afloat);
  2. a repertoire of activities to engage the group (e.g. games, tasks and journeys);
  3. a range of motivating activities and games that support learning;
  4. a range of strategies for utilising mini journeys to inspire adventure and exploration;
  5. how to help participants learn some basic skills;
  6. top tips and quick fixes for common challenges to accelerate learning when required;
  7. selection of suitable equipment for participants;
  8. how to maintain participants’ safety;
  9. understanding of deployment matters.
Engagement and relationship building skills (training focus):
  1. the ability to quickly build relationships with group members; caring, friendly, approachable;
  2. the ability to motivate and inspire the group;
  3. effective decision making to deliver (and adapt) sessions that are both safe and enjoyable;
  4. communication skills. 
Professional standards (formative assessment):
  1. professional behaviour;
  2. working as part of a team;
  3. clear and effective communication;
  4. minimising negative impact on the environment and other users;
  5. an active engagement in personal learning and development.


Full refund if cancelled 21 days prior to the commencement date

If cancelling a booking more than 21 days prior to the activity commencement date, alternative dates, course credit or a refund can be offered. For some cancellations an administration fee may be charged. Cancellations within 21 days are charged at the full rate and non-refundable.

Cancellation of any booking must be made in writing. For cancellations with less than 48 hours’ notice, please contact the venue direct by telephone. Please familiarise yourself with our full booking Terms and Conditions by clicking here.

If the conditions on the day aren’t ideal but the activity is still taking place, refunds & rescheduling will only be provided under special circumstances. We look forward to seeing you at your sessions. If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with a member of the team.

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