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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
2 Star Training

The 2* is a prerequisite to obtaining an instructor award. This is an improvement award that helps paddlers to develop fundamental flat-water skills. The aim is to improve the understanding of how the paddle and boat react with the water. This award involves a range of paddlesport crafts, including both kayaking and canoeing.

2 Star Assessment

The 2* is a prerequisite to obtaining an instructor award. This is an improvement award that helps paddlers to develop fundamental flat water skills. The aim is to improve the understanding of how the paddle and boat react with the water. This award involves a range of paddlesport crafts, including both kayaking and canoeing. 

3 Star Whitewater Training

Prerequisites: BCU 2* Level Skills (Kayak). Experience on moving water is desirable. As the candidate you must prove yourself to be a competent kayaker on grade 2 white water. Evidence of having paddled on grade 2 white water. 

3 Star Whitewater Assessment

As the candidate you must prove yourself to be a competent kayaker on grade 2 white water. 

3 Star Canoe Training

As the candidate you must prove yourself to be a competent canoeist as part of a group paddling open water and on simple moving water. Provide evidence of at least three different journeys in an open canoe of three hours or 10km. BCU 3* Canoe Level Paddling Skills. 

3 Star Canoe Assessment

As the candidate you must prove yourself to be a competent canoeist as part of a group paddling open water and on simple moving water.

3 Star Freestyle Assessment

It is recommended that candidates have a BCU 2*, evidence of 20 hours (10 sessions) of freestyle paddling, and the ability to swim in paddling clothing suitable to the conditions. 

Whitewater Kayak Leader Training

This award is for people who want to lead competent paddlers in a 'moderate' water environment (as defined by the BCU).

Whitewater Kayak Leader Assessment

Complete A BCU LR form prior to assessment and have paid relevant fees. Attended 4* training (White Water Kayak). Completed First Aid Course (minimum of 8 hours). Completed BCU White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR) or Rescue 3 WWRT. Provide required logbook experience.

Canoe Leader Training

This award is for people who want to lead competent paddlers in a 'moderate' water environment (as defined by the BCU). 

Canoe Leader Assessment

Complete A BCU LR form prior to assessment and have paid relevant fees. Attended 4* training (Canoe). Completed First Aid Course (minimum of 8 hours). Completed BCU White Water Safety and Rescue (WWSR) or Rescue 3 WWRT. Provide required logbook experience.

White Water Safety and Rescue Training (WWSR)

This course is designed for all white water paddlers. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately in a range of situations. 

Paddlesport Instructor

This is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway. It will introduce you to the fundamentals of good coaching practice and help you to understand and coach technical and tactical aspects of your sport. The course is run over four days, which can be spread over two weekends

Core Coach Training

The emphasis of the training is to: 'observe, analyse and implement'. This means experimenting with new coaching styles and techniques. Basically, it's about putting theory into practice, giving you foundation skills and understanding, along with the confidence to transfer them into a variety of coaching situations. 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Sheltered Water

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them to craft end environment for the Sheltered Water Coach Award.

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Whitewater Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing on moderate whitewater.

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Open Water Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing on moderate open water.

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Freestyle

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching freestyle kayaking.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Sheltered Water

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach on sheltered water, this can either be completed in kayak, canoe, or a dual disciplne assessment covering both canoe and kayak. 

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - White Water Kayak

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach on sheltered water, this can either be completed in kayak, canoe, or a dual disciplne assessment covering both canoe and kayak. 

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Open Water Canoe

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach in moderate open water conditions.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - White Water Canoe

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach in moderate white water.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Freestyle Kayak

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach and progress freestyle paddlers.