Paddlesports Leader Assessment

From: £200.00

The paddlesports leader assessment is run on a 1 day 1:1 or 1:2 ratio and can be done in canoe, closed cockpit kayak, sup or sit on top kayak.


You need to register first on the course with the SCA and then on the course there is a certification fee of £10.00 per person to be paid to the assessor.

Paddlesports Leader Assessment

This British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader assessment can be run in one day on a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 and will be most likely based around the Cairngorms & Aviemore area although we can travel further afield if group or conditions require us to. The paddlesports leader assessment will qualify you to lead multi craft groups on sheltered water and slow moving rivers. This includes single and tandem craft. On the day you will be expected to lead a group in the appropriate environment for the award.

If you want to lead groups in a paddlesports environment for yourself, your club or employer then this could be the right award for you. The award supports your existing skills and enables you to lead safe, fun and enjoyable trips for a variety of groups and craft. 

During the paddlesports leader assessment you will be assessed on the following four areas (all our course providers do their absolute best to take the stress out of the assessment and will keep you fully involved in the process and decision making as much as possible): 

  • Participant focused leadership skills.
  • personal paddling skills
  • rescue skills.
  • underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience.

Course Prerequisites

For the Paddlesports Leader assessment the following needs to be in place:

  • Be a member of your national governing body.
  • You need to be registered on the award.
  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Be of the same start as a paddle explore award or hold the certificate.
  • Have a valid first aid course.
  • Have a valid safeguarding course.

Have a look at the course documentation at this link to familiarise yourself with the syllabus and how the day will run.

Course Kit List:

  1. We will be able to supply the craft – canoes, kayaks, sups but you are welcome to bring and use your own should you wish.
  2. We will be able to supply the paddles and all technical equipment for the clients but there is an expectation you kit up the clients and are aware of the correct equipment that is needed. You can use our paddles and kit or your own.

The only kit we ask you to bring for the Paddlesports leader assessment is as follows:

  1. Your own personal paddling kit i.e. BA, helmet, drysuit/wetsuit, appropriate safety equipment i.e. karabiners, tape, throwbag, knife.
  2. Leader kit i.e. first aid, group shelter, survival bag, spare layers, hot drink.

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