British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award

The Paddlesport Instructor Award is designed for paddlers who want to run taster or starter sessions, or lead short journeys, in very sheltered water environments (typically canals, very slow moving rivers, small lakes and swimming pools – no further than 50m from a safe landing point at all times).

This two day training and assessment course will help develop your skills to plan, organise and run a paddlesport session.


This course will also ensure you understand what expectations you should have of your ‘deployer’, what their responsibilities are and what support you should receive from them.

The assessment aspect of the course is conducted using an on-going, holistic approach, throughout the two days. You will be assessed on three main areas – Professional Standards, Personal Paddling Skills and Rescue Skills.

Candidates will be assessed in their one chosen type of craft – Open Canoe, Kayak, S.U.P or S.O.T. – but you will be expected to be able to run sessions containing, and rescue, groups of mixed craft.

There is no requirement for candidates to hold any Personal Performance Awards in their chosen craft prior to taking this Instructor award. You should however already be at the assessment standard for all elements of the three main assessment areas. British Canoeing recommend that your personal paddling skills be at the standard of the first level of Discipline Specific Personal Performance Awards for your craft.

There is a requirement for candidates to have completed a British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) course; and for there to have been a sufficient gap between that course and the Paddlesport Instructor course, in order to allow for consolidation of learning from the FSRT, and practice of the rescue skills, before being assessed on those skills.