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British Canoeing

Advanced Water Endorsement Assessment - White Water

The assessment will take place over one day. Candidates will be assessed working with a ‘real’ group of paddlers at, or around, 4 Star technical standard on grade 2/3 white water. The day will consist of two coaching sessions; candidates will be expected to show sound performance that provides suitable progressions and coaching to the needs of the learners. Personal paddling, safety management, and leadership skills will be assessed alongside coaching performance. Coaching practice will be assessed at a similar standard to that expected at British Canoeing Level 2, although now applied in a more dynamic and changing environment.

This one-day assessment looking at your British Canoeing Level 2 coaching knowledge applied to a moderate water environment. 

After successful completion of this award you can coach all levels of performers on grade 2 white water and start working on your 3 star assessor logbook. 

Course Content

We promise that...

  • We will be supportive and do our best to make sure you are as relaxed as possible.
  • We will assess you at the correct standard as stated in the syllabus.
  • We will make sure you fully understand what you need to do.
  • We will make sure that the assessment environment is at the right standard, eg a grade 2 river for 4 star canoe assessments.
  • We will give you as much time as possible to show what you can do.
  • We will take you through the assessment process in short steps that are clear and simple.
  • If the assessment involves leadership or coaching of others we will do our best to bring real students for you to coach or lead.
  • Our decisions will be made based solely on performance and not with any bias of any sort.
  • We will give you a clear action plan for development at the end of the assessment.
  • All our assessment team are encouraged to smile and give you a hug when you need it.


There are a wide range of rivers available to use in Cumbria. The final choice of venue will be made in the days prior to the start of the course. You will be told the exact meeting place for the first morning a couple of days before the course.

If water levels in Cumbria don’t seem to be appropriate we will move the course to a suitable venue. Northwest Scotland is a very good possibility, however North Wales and Eastern Scotland are also possible venues.  As the course gets closer we will chat about venues as we get a better picture of water levels.


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BCU Advanced Water Endorsement Assessement - White Water
BCU Level 1 Coach Course

  • British Canoeing AWE Training completed within past 2 years.

  • A minimum of 15 days coaching in the specific advanced water environment after AWE Training; this must include 6 linked progressive coaching sessions with
    evidence of session plans and reviews, and activity in a minimum of 3 different geographical areas. This will be checked via Candidates’ coaching logbooks.

  • A valid and recognised 2-day (minimum) first aid award.

  • Valid CR Form

Please bring original certificates to the first day of the course.


British Canoeing Advanced Water Endorsement Course Guide

British Canoeing AWE Training and Assessment Notes

Course Registration (CR) Form

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