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Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Award

An advanced canoe white water leader uses the full range of canoe skills to move in advanced canoe conditions. They are a skilled white water paddler who is capable of leading paddlers in a variety of ways.

Advanced Canoe white water leader

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?

You could:

The key part of any training course is the individual debrief to assist with your development of your detailed action plan.

How does assessment work?


On an assessment candidates will be expected to be able to:

  • Plan and lead an inspirational journey in a way that encourages independence and development for the group.

  • Paddle their canoe at a good standard in the top end of the remit, a grade 3(4) white water river.

  • Rescue tandem and solo canoes whilst maintaining good group control.

  • Demonstrate their ability to manage the likely incidents that could occur.

  • Use a pole to travel up and down a simple bit or white water.

Prior to an assessment you will be given the opportunity to contact the group members to gather information about their ability, equipment needs and aspirations for the day. You will be encouraged to plan the day in detail with logistical support from Wild River if necessary. The group will have at least 3 participants.

Wild River runs single day assessments with dates on the website. Alternatively 1-1 assessments can be set up on dates that suit the individual.

Pre-requisites for assessment:

  • Prior to assessment all candidates must register with their home nation association (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

  • Full National Association Membership.

  • Valid (within 3 years) 2 day First Aid Award recognised by Paddle UK.

  • Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by Paddle UK.

  • White Water Safety Course.

Where does an advanced canoe white water leader operate?


Advanced canoe white water leaders are qualified to take participants on advanced white water trips. They can lead grade 3 white water that may have one or two manageable grade 4 rapids.

Advanced canoe leaders can make their own decisions about the size of the group but 4 solo canoes or 2 tandem canoes would be seen as a large group.

Rivers that fall inside the canoe white water leader remit include:


  • River Leven (both sections).

  • River Greta.

  • River Lune with a fair amount of water.

  • River Irthing.

  • Lower Duddon.


  • Middle Conway.

  • Lower Mawddach.


  • River Nith in southwest Scotland.

  • River Leny north of Perth.

  • River Lune with a fair amount of water.

  • River Garry (Perthshire).

  • River Garry (Loch Ness).

  • Upper Findhorn.


Advanced White Water Canoe

Training Dates

3 day Training
23-25 October 2024*
18-20 November 2024

Cost: £325 per person

*This course can be combined with Advanced White Water Safety Training on 21-22 October 2024 for £500 (5 days)

Assessment Dates

21 or 22 November 2024 (depending on which day offers the best conditions).

Cost: £300 (requires 2 candidates to run).

We can also offer 1 to 1 leader assessments. Cost: £350 - contact us

Training Prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for leader training but candidates should have a level of personal skill relevant to the environment.


Paddlers wishing to complete the assessment are required to register with Paddle UK. This can be accessed via your membership portal.

Full home nation association membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

2 Day First Aid Award (within 3 years) recognised by Paddle UK.

Safeguarding Training (within 3 years) recognised by Paddle UK.

White Water Safety Course* Click here for dates.

*If you feel you already have the relevant skills to bypass the prerequisite safety training, log in to your membership record and apply for Accredited Prior Learning.


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British Canoeing Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Assessment GuidanceAdvanced Canoe White Water Leader Documents

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