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British Canoeing Awarding Body Launch the NEW Paddlesport Instructor

Tue 03 July 2018

British Canoeing has today announced the launch of the NEW Paddlesport Instructor award, which is designed for people whose main focus is to deliver paddlesport taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver taster sessions for people new to Paddlesport.

  • Two days of combined training and assessment
  • Only prerequisites are Home Nation membership and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
  • No workbook but an optional eLearning is available
  • Available in a range of craft including closed and open cockpit kayaks, sit-on-tops, stand-up-paddleboards, and open canoes

As part of British Canoeing's commitment to reviewing the Coaching and Leadership awards, it is with great delight to announce the NEW Paddlesport Instructor Qualification which will be launched in January 2019, replacing the existing Paddlesport Instructor course.  

The qualification has undergone significant changes through consultation with the industry, including clubs, providers, centres and coaches. The British Canoeing Qualification has been developed to support the work of the instructor in introducing people to the exciting world of paddlesport through fun games and inspiring sessions in a very sheltered environment.

– Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

Over the coming months, British Canoeing Awarding Body will roll out the award by completing the following milestones:

  • September 2018: British Canoeing Awarding Body will be training the trainers
  • October - December 2018: Home Nations will be training the providers
  • January 2019: Paddlesport Instructor courses will be available throughout the UK

Further updates will be promoted via the British Canoeing website and the 'Catch up with Coaching' newsletter. Read our follow up news articles (below) for further details.