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Leadership Awards

BCAB Leadership Awards were formerly known as 4 and 5 Star Leader Awards.

If you cannot find the course you want at a time that suits please contact us and we will try to meet your needs.

Paddlesport Leader Course Dates



The paddlesport leader award is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.


Paddlesport touring leaders can lead participants on trips in large pieces of open water and easy white water rivers. This is the perfect leadership award for experienced leaders who operate on the larger lakes of Cumbria and on simple white water rivers.

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Training   British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Assessment

A canoe open water leader will be running trips on windy days on large lakes. They will take groups on great sailing journeys or exciting open water crossings in canoe.


A canoe white water leader can take participants on epic white water journeys. They inspire lead groups on amazing days out in the white water environment.

Canoe Open Water Leader Award   Canoe White Water Leader Award

A white water kayak leader can take participants on epic white water journeys. They inspire groups on amazing days out in the white water environment.


A sea kayak leader will be running trips on the sea. They will take groups on inspirational journeys along many amazing coastal venues, with the possibility to make some short crossings, either single or nulti-day trips.

White Water Leader Award   Sea Kayak Leader Award

The Stand Up Paddleboard Inland Open Water Leader is recognised and certificated to lead trips and experiences in an inland open water environment.


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

SUP Inland Open Water Award   Advanced Canoe Open Water Award

This course looks at leadership of small groups in open canoes in advanced conditions. You will operate in windy conditions above force 4 and on grade three white water.


Leading paddlers in advanced white water is the best job around. Advanced white water kayak leaders can take people into some of the best white water locations.

Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Award   Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Award



Paddlesport courses in the Lake District