Course Description

What formal training is required?

None. Direct entry to assessment is available to those aged 16 or over who have valid first aid training (1 day) and Home Nation Association Membership.

Candidates will be responsible for making decisions about what preparation they need prior to assessment. Optional British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Training courses will be available for those who wish to access them.

Preparation for Assessment (evening)

It is important that you take an active role in deciding the appropriate preparation, training and experience that you need prior to presenting yourself for assessment. Guidance is available to help you construct this personalised development journey and to assist you in making the judgement about presenting for assessment.


Paddlesport Leader Training (2 day)

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.

Paddlesport Leader Assessment (1 day)

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.

Full details of the assessment criteria: ‘Paddlesport Leader Assessment Guidance’.

You would be welcome to bring a group of 3-6 paddlers to lead on the assessment day. Alternatively the Centre will arrange a group but you would need to give us suitable notice for this.

A meeting the evening before the assessment day will take place with the candidates to profile the group and plan the journey.

 Equipment - mixed fleet boats for both candidates and led students are available. Camping on site can be arranged.

Dates for 2019

We are just getting all our 2019 course dates ready.  If you are interested in attending this course and a suitable date isn't listed please email us at 

Training 2 day course
Assessment 1 day course
Prep evenings by arrangement


£150 2 day Training course
£95  1 day Assessment course 
£20 Preparation for Assessment evening (Refunded back on balance payment when attending either course)


Prior to assessment you will need to register with British Canoeing (£39.00) Please use the form below to do this.  You will also need to fill in our personal information form.

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Please Bring with you:

1. Your LR form ( stamped).

2. Personal information/parental consent form.

3. Your personal paddling kit ( for canoe and kayak) every day.

4.Pen and note pad.

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