Touring Award

The British Canoeing Touring Award is designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision-making skills to ensure an enjoyable and safe day out exploring on the water. Completion of the award recognises that you have the personal skills and experience required for a successful day on a river or estuary paddling in/on the craft of your choice. Holding the award demonstrates an appropriate level of personal skills for those seeking to become Paddlesport Coaches or Leaders and provides a sound basis for working towards the Open Water Touring Award.


There are no pre-requisites for those wishing to commence training or undertake assessment for this award. Completion of the British Canoeing Paddle Explore Award and Foundation Safety & Rescue Training however offer ideal preparation for the Touring Award.

Award content

  • Understanding your paddling location – weather and water conditions and access
  • Getting ready – selecting suitable clothing and equipment
  • At the water – other users, etiquette, aims and motivations, safety and rescue
  • Touring skills – launching/landing, forward paddling and manoeuvring skills, dealing with/using wind and currents
  • After the session – what have we learned and what might we focus on next time?

Course dates

Training and/or assessment

10-11 August, Berkshire/Buckinghamshire, for further details and bookings see