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British Canoe (BC) are the governing body of paddle sports in the UK. There’s an award for all abilities, once you’ve achieved the basics in either coaching or personal paddling the awards then become discipline specific.

CIWW are thrilled to be a British Canoeing course provider. Each course is fairly intense and follows a structured outline that covers a broad range of skills and theory. Each award is a pre-requisite for entry to the next although it can be possible to miss stages out if you have the required experience.

If you are unsure about which of the British Canoeing Courses is for you then contact us, and our team will happy to advise.


British Canoeing Activities List
Paddlesport Leader

Paddlesport Leader

Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Training course is way to support you in your development of the required skills. These courses typically cover leadership skills and the associated personal skills, safety and rescue skills. As this training is delivered by British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Providers, we will also be able to help you identify an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

No prerequisites for training.

Assessment:

Valid 1 day First Aid training.
Full home Nation Association Membership.
Aged 16 over at the time of assessment.

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 day (09:00 – 17:00)

Assessment: 1day (09:00 – 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £180 per person

Assessment: £150 per person

Canoe Leader

Canoe Leader

This course delivers the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers, (or three tandem canoe crews) on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water.

The Canoe Leader course content emphasises the application of a variety of techniques appropriate for moving water, and exposed open water, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.

PRE-COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training: Be paddling at the Progressive Canoe Award standard.

Assessment:

Canoe Leader training (within 3 years)
BC WWS&R or Rescue 3 WRT
Home Nation Leadership Registration
Home Nation Membership
Valid 2 day First Aid training
Aged 16 over

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

 

PRICE

Training: £180 per person

Assessment: £180 per person

White Water Kayak Leader

White Water Kayak Leader

This course delivers the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions and to judge the conditions along with the standard of the group, to make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required.

The White Water Kayak Leader course content emphasises the application of strokes, to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations.

This award is for people who want to lead competent paddlers in a 'moderate' water environment.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training: Be paddling at the Progressive White Water Award standard.

Assessment:

White Water Leader training (within 3 years)
BC WWS&R or Rescue 3 WRT
Home Nation Leadership Registration
Home Nation Membership
Valid 2 day First Aid training
Aged 16 or over

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £180 per person

Assessment: £180 per person

Stand Up Paddleboarding Support Module

This course is designed to assist anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).

The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and develops an understanding of SUP. The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out.

By the end of this module participants should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

Understand the worldwide development of the sport and the role of the various bodies on the field including British Canoeing.
Understand equipment design, size and modification to suit individual requirements.
Provide a background to the various disciplines within SUP paddling and the specific techniques that apply to each.
Understand the different types of board available, their characteristics and the different techniques used on them.
Understanding of handling an SUP efficiently.

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

If you’re looking to lead white water kayakers on advanced river journeys, this two day training focuses on the high level of personal skills, judgement and leadership needed in advanced situations. The course covers personal paddling skills, rescue skills, safety, leadership and group skills and the theory.

To become an Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, you will need to successfully complete a two day, mainly practical assessment on sections of white water, which includes suitable river journeys. Advanced White Water Kayak Leaders need to have the personal skill level, leadership ability and judgement to lead paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training: White Water kayak Leader

Assessment:

Advanced White Water Leader training (within 3 years)
BC Advanced WWS&R
Home Nation Leadership Registration
Home Nation Membership
Valid 2 day First Aid training
Aged 18 or over

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £180 per person

Assessment: £180 per person

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

Foundation Safety and Rescue

If you’re looking to develop your safety and rescue skills in a sheltered water environment, this one day practical course introduces the key skills needed for you to operate safely and deal with common emergencies. This course covers general theory and planning, as well as bank-based and boat-based rescues. This course is open to all paddlers, coaches and volunteers, in any craft or discipline, with a boat-based or bank-based option, giving you the opportunity and support to develop your safety skills.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Paddle Explore Award or 2 Star (if a boat-based participant) or be of equivalent ability due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to complete the course.
Be able to swim in normal paddling clothes.

COURSE DURATION

1 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE £110 per person

White Water Safety & Rescue Training (WWSR)

White Water Safety and Rescue Training

If you’re looking to develop your safety and rescue skills in a moderate to advanced white water environment, this two day practical course teaches you the simple and practical safety and rescue skills that can be applied appropriately to a moderate white water environment. This includes the safe paddling strategy, recovery of a swimmer, as well as shallow water wading techniques. This training is open to white water paddlers, in either a canoe or kayak, giving you the opportunity and support to develop your safety and rescue skills.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You should be confident swimming on Grade 2 water
You should be confident swimming in normal paddling clothes, suitable for moving water environments

COURSE DURATION

2 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE £180 per person

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

If you’re looking to develop your safety and rescue skills in grade 3-4 white water, this two day practical course explores the underpinning knowledge and teaches you safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. This training develops the principles and techniques taught at the White Water Safety and Rescue training and considers the application in advanced environments, as well as introducing the concept of the team approach to provide structure in an emergency situation. If you’re a white water paddler, this is a great course for you to develop your safety and rescue skills to support yourself and your fellow paddlers.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

You should be confident in your ability to kayak on grade 3-4 white water
You should be confident swimming in normal paddling clothes, suitable for moving water environments.
White Water Safety and Rescue training.
Aged 16 or over

COURSE DURATION

2 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE £170 per person

Paddlesport Instructor

Paddlesport Instructor

If you're looking to become a Paddlesport Instructor, this two day combined training and assessment course will support you to run games and activities, to support learning and inspire adventure and exploration for new paddlers in stable craft. On this practical course, you will learn skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities and how to use mini journeys to support learning. This qualification is open to everyone!

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Foundation Safety and Rescue training
Aged 14 or over
Home Nation Coach Registration (CR) Form
Home National membership

COURSE DURATION

2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

£200 per person

Core Coach Training

Core Coach Training

The two day Core Coach Training is generic and open to all paddlesport coaches at this level. On this practical based course, you will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Full Home Nation Association Membership
To be able to get the most out of your training, you will need a base level of knowledge about the discipline(s) you wish to coach; this training provides the content of how you will be coaching.

COURSE DURATION

2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

£200 per person

Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered water)

Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered water)

If you’re looking to coach canoeing and kayaking on sheltered water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for canoe and/or kayak paddlers in a sheltered water environment. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the sheltered water environment

To become a Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water), you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching and safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training:

Core Coach Training
Home Nation Membership
Assessment:

Core Coach Training
Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training
Coach Award eLearning
Assessment Check In
Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

Valid 1 day First Aid Training
Safeguarding Training
Home Nation Membership
Aged 16 or over

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 1 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £200 per person

Assessment: £150 per person

White Water Canoe Coach

White Water Canoe Coach

If you’re looking to coach white water canoe on moderate water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for white water canoeists. This mainly practical based course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the white water environment.

To become a White Water Canoe Coach, you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching, safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training:

Core Coach Training
Canoe Leader
Home Nation Membership
Assessment:

Core Coach Training
White Water canoe coach Training
Coach Award eLearning
Assessment Check In
Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

Valid 1 day First Aid Training
Safeguarding Training
Home Nation Membership
Aged 16 or over
COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 1 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £200 per person

Assessment: £150 per person

White Water Kayak Coach

White Water Kayak Coach 

If you’re looking to coach white water kayak on moderate water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for white water kayakers. This practical based course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore the specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the white water environment. 

To become a White Water Kayak Coach, you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching and safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training: 

  • Core Coach Training
  • White Water kayak Leader 
  • Home Nation Membership  

Assessment:

  • Core Coach Training 
  • White Water kayak coach Training 
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 1 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training 
  • Home Nation Membership
  • Aged 16 or over 

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 1 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £200 per person 

Assessment: £150 per person 

White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water)

White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) 

If you’re looking to coach white water kayaking on advanced water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for white water kayakers on advanced water. This mainly practical based course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the advanced water environment.

To become a White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water), you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching and safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.

PRE COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Training: 

  • Core Coach Training
  • Advanced White Water kayak Leader 
  • Home Nation Membership  

Assessment:

  • Core Coach Training 
  • White Water kayak coach (Advanced water) Training 
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 1 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training 
  • Home Nation Membership
  • Aged 16 or over 

COURSE DURATION

Training: 2 days (09:00 - 17:00)

Assessment: 1 day (09:00 - 17:00)

PRICE

Training: £200 per person 

Assessment: £150 per person

Personal Performance Awards

Each of the 12 disciplines has three awards, which means there is something for everyone. With a range of different environments and crafts, this enables the individual to make choices on the type of craft and environment they wish to paddle.

Paddle Start - Encouragement award at someone new to paddlesports

Paddle Discover - Enable the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills

Paddle Explore - An award that empowers and supports the individual paddler