Paddlesport Leader Award

This course delivers the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers in a mixed craft fleet such as SUP, Canoe, Kayak, in appropriate locations, up to moderate inland and sheltered tidal conditions, and moving water that has a discernible green flow.

The course content is delivered over optional 1 or 2 days training in personal skills, leadership and rescue, followed by a separate two-day assessment.

Once training has been completed candidates have up to three years to complete the assessment prerequisites and progress to assessment.

All Kit and Equipment such as Wetsuits, Bouyancy Aids, Boats and Paddles are included.

Who this course is for: Paddlers who are at 3 star / Canoe Award / White Water Award / Touring Award / Sheltered Water SUP Award standard who have also completed the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course.

Duration: Assessments are run over two days. Training courses are run over 1 day modules

Cost - Assessment: £160 inclusive of certification fees.

Cost - Training: £80 per day as part of a group or £160 per day of 1:1 bespoke training.

Other Options: Want to get into Coaching? Have you considered the Coach Award or Paddlesport Instructor Award?

Pre-requisites - Training:
There are no pre-requisites for training.

Pre-requisites - Assessment:
To proceed to assessment you are required to:

  • Be a British Canoeing Member and registered for the assessment holding a stamped LR Form
  • Be 3 Star Standard or equivalent in the craft that you choose to lead from
  • Hold an 8 hour First Aid Certificate

Booking: Please visit my centre's website on to check dates and book your place.

Cancellation Policy: Every effort is made to make sure activities run however in the unforeseen circumstances of adverse weather (Extremely High Winds, High/Low Water Levels or Snow) or instructional staff sickness activities maybe postponed or rescheduled. It is also at the centres discretion for the course to go ahead with less than 2 participants, we will notify you a minimum of 3 days before the course date if the course is to be cancelled. If any of the points above are the case you are entitled to a full refund or you can re schedule on to another course available. If we have to cancel your course we will contact you as soon as possible.