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.

What can I do with the award?

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
What craft can I work with?

Candidates choose to paddle one type of craft for the personal paddling and rescue skills assessment. The craft used will be identified on the certificate. The options are; sit on top kayak, stand up paddleboard, open canoe, or kayak. 

What are the prerequisites? 

The candidate entry requirements are as follows: 

• Full National Association Delivery Centre Membership; 

• National Association Delivery Centre registration; 

• British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training; 

• Personal paddling and rescue competence; 

• 14 years of age, or older. 

Candidates under 18 years of age should check the suitability of the course with a tutor before attendance. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is integrated into the course. Personal paddling skills are assessed throughout and specific rescue assessments are included. The candidate will also receive some feedback on specific instructor attributes that are considered essential for the role. 

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Coach Award - Core Coach

Through a practical based course you will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course. 

What are the prerequisites? 

Full National 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.

Useful resourses can be found here
Coach Award - Discipline specific training

On your Discipline Specific Training (DST) course you will focus on how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline. 

We off the following DST courses:

Sheltered water awards

Sheltered water coach training and assessment

Moderate water awards

White water coach training and assessment

Sea kayak coach training and assessment

Open water canoe coach training and assessment

WW open canoe training and assessment

Advenced water awards

White water coach training and assessment

Sea kayak coach training and assessment


What are the prerequisites?

Full National Association Membership; 

• Relevant Leadership Award for some disciplines (moderate and advanced water awards)

• Core Coach Training (or equivalent)


Useful resourses can be found here