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Paddlesport Instructor

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British Canoeing Awarding Body

Paddlesport Instructor

This 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.

Paddlesport Instructor

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.

If a candidate does not complete an element required for certification by the end of the assessment course, there are two potential outcomes:

  1. In most circumstances the candidate would be required to repeat all aspects of assessment on a future course.
  2. Alternatively, the candidate can work with the same provider to conclude the assessment components; with the assessor providing further opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate competence in the specific element/s as required. If this option is chosen, it must be concluded within 2 months.

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.

Paddlesport Instructor


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

25,26 June 2024
Course fee: £220
Venue: Ullswater
(PSRC on 24 June, if required, costs an additional £110).

26,27 September 2024
Course fee: £220
Venue: Ullswater
(PSRC on 25 September, if required, costs an additional £110).

Course fee includes boats and paddles. Please bring your own if you wish.


  • Full Home Nation Membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland)
  • Home Nation Association Registration
  • Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course (PSRC)
  • Personal Paddling and Rescue Competence (see main information on the left)
  • Minimum age 14

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.

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British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuidePaddlesport Instructor Course Documents

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British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideRegistration Costs

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideLearner Development Pack

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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 the course number for registration, start time, directions to the venue and any other information you need.

Send a deposit of £50 or the full course fee to confirm your place. See Booking Information for details of how to pay.


Become a Paddle UK Member

Join on-line, click here. Choose the 'on the water' option.


Register with Paddle UK

Once you become a member you can register on-line via your membership portal.

  • Registration fee is £46.80.

For Paddle Scotland members please click here.

*Although the Paddlesport Safety and Rescue course is a pre-requisite for Paddlesport Instructor, if you have not already completed this course you should still register as soon as possible. In most cases the PSRC can be undertaken in connection with our Paddlesport Instructor course.


On the first day of the course

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Apply for funding

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

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