Paddlesport Instructor course
The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is British Canoeing’s entry level award appropriate for those who wish to run introductory or taster sessions and short journeys. This is a great, fun, course that will equip you with practical skills in getting a group on the water and enjoying discovering paddlesports, using games and activities to support learning and inspire adventure.
The two day course is intended to prepare you for your first paddlesport instructing role, working in very sheltered water, using stable craft (kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and sit-on-tops) under the management of an organisation or club. See full details of the qualification and syllabus here.
On the course you will have the opportunity to use kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and sit-on-tops. However you are only assessed in one of these. You should ensure that your personal paddling skills in your chosen craft are of a suitable standard before attending the course. Full details may be found in the course guide.
Other prerequisites for becoming an instructor:
- Be a member of British Canoeing (‘full Home Nation membership’)
- On your British Canoeing membership portal register that you wish to become a Paddlesport Instructor
- Attend a Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT) course (see our dates here)
- Minimum age 14
What to bring:
Bring your usual paddling gear and boat and some dry clothes for afterwards. Since we will be spending some time in the water as well as on it a wetsuit or drysuit is very useful if you have access to one!
We will supply:
We will provide a range of kayaks, sit-on-tops, paddleboards and canoes for you to try. If you do not already possess your own paddling kit then we can also supply buoyancy aid, helmet and wetsuit for you.
- 1 & 2 May 2021
- 16 & 17 October 2021
To arrange a course at your workplace or club please get in touch for more details. We can arrange a bespoke course for any number from 4 to 12 participants.