Become a Paddlesport Leader

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader qualification is the ideal award if you are looking to lead groups independently for clubs and outdoor centres. You'll paddle your chosen craft, and lead groups of paddlers in a mixture of canoes, kayaks and SUPs. in the sheltered water environment - up to 200 meters away from shore in up to force 3 winds, and includes slow moving rivers. 

The training course is run over two days, spending a day looking at open water leadership and rescue skills and simple sailing options, and a day on a slow moving river looking at the challenges of leading mixed craft journeys, and how to do so successfully.

With many years of experience delivering paddlesports sessions across different disciplines, in a wide variety of venues and environments, we have loads of ideas and fun tasks to help you plan and deliver great journeys for your clients or club members. We’ll ensure you leave the training with a clear picture of your development needs, and a path planned out for you.




All year round


2 Days

Group Size



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


To teach the key skills to become a paddlesport leader for any mixed fleet of craft on slow moving sheltered water that can be affected by the wind.

Who is it for?

The paddlesport leader award training course is designed to teach the required skills and bring the candidate up to speed ready for the assessment.


  • Full British Canoeing Membership Valid (within 3 years)
  • First Aid (8hr) recognised by British Canoeing (valid within 3 years)
  • Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing
  • eLearning (optional) free-of-charge Paddlesport Instructor

Course Syllabus

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


Once paddlesport leader training has been completed and you've gained relevant experience gained you can book your 2 day assessment. 
As with all new British Canoeing leadership assessments, you can choose formal training, or access the assessment directly.

You will be assessed on your ability to plan, and execute a journey on open water and on a slow moving river where you will lead the clients appropriately for their ability level and aims.


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



Group Booking Discounts:

£200pp (Group size 4)
£190pp (Group size 5)
£180pp (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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