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British Canoeing Leadership Awards

Leadership training offered by British Canoeing is embedded into the 4 Star Awards. As well as developing advanced personal skills, these discipline specific awards provide basic leadership training in the moderate water environment. The 5 star leader award develops advanced personal skills and basic leadership training in the advanced water environment.

Paddlesport Leader Award

In April 2017, British Canoeing will launch their new Paddlesport Leader qualification. This is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations. Paddlesport Leaders will need to show sound personal skills (approx. 3 Star standard) in at least one craft and their leadership skills will be assessed looking after paddlers in a range of craft, including mixed fleets. We anticipate that the award will be useful for Leaders in clubs, centres, commercial settings, schools, Duke of Edinburgh and youth/uniform groups. 

Applications for providers of this award have now closed. Note your interest by contacting coaching@canoescotland.org 

 

 

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4 Star Leader Award - Freestyle

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has a solid foundation in freestyle and the skill level required to lead a group of 4 paddlers (not including themselves)in appropriate locations (park and play site, grade 3 river section of no more than 500metres in length or managed site), up to moderate conditions. Paddlers at this level will be able to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required.

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4 Star Leader Award - Open Canoe

Successful performance at this level indicates that you have the skill level required to lead a group of 4 paddlers in appropriate locations, up to "moderate conditions" (for open canoe this is grade 2 white water and open water with winds up to force 4). The award shows that you can judge the conditions and the standard of the group to make appropriate decisions, understanding the need to modify plans when required.

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4 Star Leader Award - Sea Kayak

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers, on short (6 to 8 miles, of at least3 hours paddling), single or multi-day journeys in a moderate tidal water environment with winds not exceeding Beaufort Force 4. The British Canoeing 4 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.

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4 Star Leader Award - Surf Kayak

Successful performance at this level indicates that the candidate has sufficient personal skills and the ability to manage a group of surf paddlers and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions. The emphasis is on the application of skills in a surf environment, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in moderate surf. The British Canoeing 4 Star Surf Leader is assessed managing a group of paddlers with a ratio of 1 to 6 in Moderate Surf environments.

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4 Star Leader Award - Touring

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers in a variety of different craft, inappropriate locations, up to moderate inland and sheltered tidal conditions, and moving water that has a discernible green flow. The BCU 4 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience.

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4 Star Leader Award - White Water Kayak

Successful performance at this level indicates that you have the skill level required to lead a group of 4 paddlers in appropriate locations, up to "moderate conditions" (for white water this is grade 2 with some elements of grade 3) . The award can be taken in any white water spec kayak or canoe that is suitable for such conditions.

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4 Star Leader Award - White Water OC1

Successful performance at this level indicates that you have the skill level required to lead a group of 4 paddlers in appropriate locations, up to "moderate white water conditions" .The award shows that you can judge the conditions and the standard of the group to make appropriate decisions, understanding the need to modify plans when required.

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5 Star Leader Award - Open Canoe

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. Itis a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of up to4 solo paddlers or 3 tandem crews on advanced river journeys and on remote, exposed open waters in open canoe. Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water and advanced open water. The BCU 5 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The BCU 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award.

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5 Star Leader Award - Sea Kayak

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced tidal water. The British Canoeing 5 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The British Canoeing 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award. Candidates are assessed to a verifiable common level, regional and climatic variations not withstanding. This award is intended for paddlers who journey on the sea in areas where tidal races,headlands, open crossings, swell and challenging coastlines will be encountered. The award should be accessible to all those people who journey on the sea on a regular basis and should not be seen as the preserve of a few elite performers. It is envisaged that a committed club paddler, sea kayaking regularly in a suitable range of situations, sea areas and conditions should be able to obtain this award within a period of 3 years.

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5 Star Leader Award - Surf Kayak

Attainment of this award indicates that the candidate has attained a high level of performance, personal skill and group management in advanced situations. It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of other paddlers in remote or advanced surf.

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5 Star Leader Award - White Water Kayak

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water kayaks. Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water. The British Canoeing 5 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The British Canoeing 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award.

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5 Star Leader Award - White Water OC 1

Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill and leadership in advanced situations. It is a leadership award and the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water OC1.Successful performance at this level indicates that a candidate has the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water. The BCU 5 Star Leader has the skills and judgement to select appropriate environments for paddlers with a range of experience. The BCU 5 Star Leader Award is a leadership award and not a coaching award.

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