Paddlesport Instructor

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor award is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in very sheltered water environments and in craft suitable for a first time experience.

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, and inspire adventure and exploration.

Paddlesport Instructors are trained to work from their choice of kayak, open canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard and look after others in a range of stable craft (kayak, open canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard) as both single discipline and mixed fleets.

For further details of the Paddlesport Instructor award see


  • Membership and registration with British Canoeing – see below.
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) – candidates must have previously completed this one-day course.
  • Personal paddling and rescue competence (the Course Guide available through the link above includes a checklist of the skills required).
  • Be a minimum of 14 years old.

Candidate registration

All candidates are required to be members and register for the award with British Canoeing (or national association if appropriate). Details of the registration process and fees can be found on the British Canoeing and national association websites. You should allow at least a week for your registration to be processed.

Course paperwork

Please ensure you bring with you to the first day of the course evidence of your candidate registration and your Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) certificate or other evidence of completion.

Course programme

The Paddlesport Instructor course comprises tuition, coaching practice, homework and assessment tasks over two days.

Personal clothing and equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat and working on the bank appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for each day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling/coaching equipment, including a buoyancy aid if you have this.

If you are able to bring your own boat/board and paddle(s) great, but this is not absolutely necessary as a variety of craft will be available to participants during the course.

Course dates

06-07 July, Buckinghamshire, for further details and bookings see


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