The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers.
The Paddlesport Activity Assistant (PAA) is an endorsement recognised by British Canoeing to support clubs, organisations and volunteers. Paddlesport Activity Assistants can facilitate activity at any time; within the lines of their organisations' Standard Operating Procedures.
The endorsement is targeted towards volunteers, aged 14 and over, within a paddlesport setting to support the menu of activities an organisation has on offer. The Paddlesport Activity Assistant can be for existing volunteers or new volunteers. There is no required previous experience and training and support will be provided through the mentoring from the Paddlesport Activity Assistant Coordinators.
We already have a huge number of fantastic volunteers who offer invaluable support in various ways in order for paddlesport to happen and with the introduction of the Paddlesport Activity Assistant (PAA), British Canoeing have a way of formally recognising their hard work.
The programme is designed and endorsed by British Canoeing to support volunteers at our partner organisations such as Clubs, Centres, Scouts, Sea Cadets, Guides, YMCA groups, DofE and more, by developing volunteers to support the delivery of their paddlesport activities. The sessions a Paddlesport Activity Assistant can lead must be identified within the organisation's Standard Operating Procedures and be fully risk assessed. The endorsement aims to engage individuals of all paddling abilities to support specific sessions, both on and off the water. There is an annual fee £50 per organisation, which includes the training of 2 coordinators. Once training is complete, organisations can train as many Paddlesport Activity Assistants (PAA) as they need as there is no fee to register each PAA.
It is most likely to be used where sessions are repeated on a regular basis and a Paddlesport Activity Assistant could become, for example, a 'warm up lead', ‘family group lead’ or 'slalom session timer'.
Click here to watch a short video from Paddleplus, a Canoe Club in Leicester, about how the PAA has benefited their club and their volunteers.
If your organisation is interested in training Paddlesport Activity Assistants, please read through the information in the files below and complete the application form. For any queries, please contact Roger Holmes firstname.lastname@example.org.