The White Water Award replace the British Canoeing 3 star Award.

Your White Water Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making to ensure a successful day on rivers up to grade 2 in a closed cockpit kayak. You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Progressive White Water Award holders.

Prior to the course we will have a preparation half day at LOPC, where we will coach you on the basic flat water skills and understand where you are in your paddling ability. We will use this time to help gauge your ability and prepare you for the rest of the course. This half day may include some water confidence training - please prepare to get wet.

The rest of the course can be run in two variations:

Option 1 is a weekend in North Wales - typically based around Llangollen on the River Dee

Option 2 is a local East Midlands course, which consists of a day trip on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath. Then a session at the Nene White Water Centre on another day and then a session at the National White Water Centre in Nottingham for the final day.

Price only includes tuition, it does not include British Canoeing fees admin fees, travel, accommodation, parking, access tickets or food. Kit can be supplied with prior arrangement. We cannot guarantee transport, but we can help either by linking candidates together or with an instructor to share fuel costs.

Course Cost: £200

There is a further certification fee required upon completing the course, this is £10 for British Canoeing members, £20 for non members.


1st October 2022, 9:30am to 12:30pm, on site at LOPC on the River Soar (course prep)

8th, 9th October 2022, North Wales Trip

*We only need 2 people for a course to go ahead!

**A confirmation with extra details will go out prior to the start of the course, such as meeting place etc.

Award Content

1. Location
  • Weather Conditions
  • River Conditions
  • Fellow Paddlers
  • Access and Enviroment

2. Getting Ready
  • What to Wear?
  • Choosing the boat
  • Other equipment
3. At the Water
  • Considerations for others
  • Things we may need to consider
  • Risk Assessment
  • Rescue Skills
  • Getting to the water

4. Whitewater Skills
  • Getting on the water
  • Forward Paddling
  • crossing a flow
  • Maintaining direction
  • Changing direction
  • Running the river
  • Dealing with mishaps
5. After the Session Review and Reflection.
6. Future Development.
Minimum age


Maximum group size


Instructor ratio


Previous experience

Candidates should already be proficient on flat water, ideally have the the Paddle Sport Explore Award in a kayak.

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