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"Thanks for all your input over the last couple of days. Lots for me to reflect on. I really appreciated how you guys delivered the course and hope our paths will cross again."

"Just wanted to drop you a few lines to say thank you for the experience. I've used a lot of providers for various training needs over the years and by far I rate your coaching above all of them. Really appreciated your directness and drive as it made the course intense but without losing any quality. I really enjoyed both courses and felt it was extremely good value for money."

"Course very well delivered and coached, good atmosphere throughout and good knowledge. Received lots of information with ample opportunity for communication. Very good equipment and variety. A high level of information delivered to a high standard. Very good instruction with good clear reviews on all aspects. Highly recommended."

"Fantastic course, really enjoyed it!! Plenty of information sent through before the course. Excellent equipment. Got more than I was expecting, learnt loads. Good technical content made everything clear. Excellent use of different angles to demonstrate - probably will be doing other courses in future, cheers guys."

"Excellent course - fantastic instructors with bags of enthusiasm for the sport. The depth of instruction was far greater than any course I have attended (even high grade courses). I leave this course with a firm foundation to progress and inspire new paddlers. Many thanks!"

"It's been one of the toughest courses I've ever done in terms of personal development - I really enjoyed myself and I've learnt a lot about coaching, skill delivery, canoeing and myself. Thank you very much!! Your time and patience with me has been very much appreciated."

"Very good course, learnt a lot, enjoyed myself and made new friends. Technical content was well structured and paced. Both instructors worked hard to meet the individual needs of the students, but without interfering with course progress. Thanks!"

"Excellent, a lot of information and a chance to try a lot of different boats and paddles. Very high quality equipment and a good range of different gear. I got a good level of teaching skills and a chance to improve my own paddling."


BCU/UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Paddlesport Coaching

BCU/UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Paddlesport Coaching

BCU/UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Paddlesport Coaching


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British Canoeing

Paddlesport Instructor

From January 2019 the NEW Paddlesport Instructor Qualification which will replace the existing Paddlesport Instructor course.

This new course is designed for people whose main focus is to deliver paddlesport taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

This 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver taster sessions for people new to Paddlesport.

Personal Paddling and Rescue Competence

Candidates will choose to paddle one type* of stable craft for the personal paddling and rescue skills assessment.

*Kayak (closed or open cockpit), sit on top, open canoe, or stand up paddleboard.

The Paddlesport Instructor Course Guide and Assessment Guidance provide specific information about the required standard. Please note that this is an assessment course as there isn’t time for training during the course.

The Paddlesport Instructor course has been designed on the premise that the candidate has the required personal and rescue skills prior to course attendance. These components are assessed (but not trained) during the course.

It is not in the best interests of the candidate to attend the course without meeting these standards.

All our courses are delivered by coaches who are extremely active in the sport. We believe that in order to coach well we must work hard to stay at the forefront of the sport. This means that we can give you the most up to date paddling tips. We understand what we do and coach technical and tactical solutions that work in the environment they are supposed to.


On our course you will have the opportunity to use some of our excellent fleet of boats, including a very up to date collection of Dagger river boats and well set up Royalex canoes.


We run coaching courses at a variety of venues. We pick these venues very carefully to make sure they help to make your progression to Paddlesport Instructor as smooth as possible. These include Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre, Coniston, Cumbria and the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, Stockton on Tees.

If your club or workplace has a suitable venue to hold a Paddlesport Instructor course we would be happy to provide a course at your venue. Please contact us to discuss options.

Water Park Coniston

Tees Barrage International White Water Centre

Water Park ConistonDoe Park Water Activities Centre

Course Dates

26,27 January 2019
23,24 March 2019

Course fee: £200 including boats and paddles. Please bring your own if you wish. (FSRT additional £55, if required).

Paddlesport Instructor

  • Full Home Nation Membership
  • Home Nation Registration
  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
  • Personal Paddling and Rescue Competence (see main information on the left)
  • Minimum age 14

Registration is valid for 12 months from the date of registration. It is recommended that candidates allow at least 1 week before their planned course for their registration to be processed and course materials sent out.


British Canoeing Membership FormMembership Form

British Canoeing CR FormCR Form

British Canoeing Registration GuidanceRegistration Guidance

How to Register Video

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuidePaddlesport Instructor Course Guide

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideLearner and Development Pack

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideAssessment Guidance

Feedback and Review Forms

British Canoeing Environmental DefinitionsEnvironmental Definitions

Preparing for a British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Course with Wild River

1. Select a course and book

Select your preferred course dates from the Wild River Course Calendar and book your place.

Wild River will send you detailed information including start time, directions to the venue and any other information you need.

2. Send a deposit to Wild River

Send a deposit of £50 or the full course fee to confirm your place (Cheques payable to Sean McGrath).

See Booking Information for details of how to pay.

3. Become a British Canoeing Member

Link to Membership Form.

4. Register with British Canoeing

Once you become a member you can choose to register on-line via your membership portal or by completing a Course Registration (CR) form

  • Registration fee is £45. Cheques should be made payable to 'British Canoeing'.

For SCA members please click here.

5. Return your completed CR form

Return your completed CR form with your registration fee and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) certificate (if already completed)* to British Canoeing. These should be returned to the appropriate British Canoeing office, depending on where you live - see list of British Canoeing addresses

*Although the FSRT is a pre-requisites for this course, you should still register asap if you have not already completed the training. In most cases this can be undertaken in connection with our Paddlesport Instructor course.

6. Apply for funding

If you are a member of a canoe club you may be entitled to some support from them or from British Canoeing. Contact the treasurer of your club or the Paddlesport Development Officer for your region.

7. Go paddling

During the course you will spend time in a wide variety of boats including general purpose kayaks, canoes and sea kayaks. You will enjoy the course more if you are comfortable in the different craft.

8. On the first day of the course

Turn up on the first day of the course with:

  • British Canoeing Candidate Pack
  • Stamped CR form
  • FSRT Certificate (if you have completed the training).
Enjoy the course!

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