The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is the first step on the instructor / leading ladder and is designed for instructors who will be delivering paddlesport taster and beginners sessions within a club or centre.

The qualification will teach instructors core practical skills such as kitting up a group, basic craft familiarisation skills, and plenty of games. The award also covers skills to facilitate mini journeys for adventurous groups.

The award is not discipline-specific and you will learn to paddle a range of craft and how to introduce others to canoeing, kayaking and SUP on very sheltered water.



All year round


2 days

Group Size



Minimum age: 18 Max weight: 18 stone (115kg).


To teach the key skills to become a paddlesport instructor on flat or sheltered water.

Who is it for?

This qualification is for instructors running paddlesport tasters, experiences and sessions for beginners on very sheltered water.


Course Syllabus

Please follow this link to download the syllabus from the British Canoeing website.


Attendance of this course will not necessarily get you up to the required standard to pass as everyone progresses at a different pace. Those unsuccessful will be given an action plan to gain the required experience to pass the award.


In the event of poor sea conditions the Paddlesport Instructor Award will take place on the shelter water within Brighton Marina.



Group Booking Discounts:

£180pp (Group size 4)
£170pp (Group size 5)
£160pp (Group size 6)

Please note that all group bookings will be available for others to book, unless booking for a minimum of 6 people.

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Brighton Marina, Sussex


Equipment shop

Take a look at our online shop for any equipment you might want for your outdoor adventures. We stock a variety of equipment and can give expert advice if you have any queries. Choose to collect your order on a course (free of charge) and your instructor will have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive.