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British Canoeing

Canoe Open Water Leader Award

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.

Canoe Open Water Award

Where does a Canoe Open Water Leader operate?

Canoe open water leaders are qualified to take participants on larger areas of open water. These trips could be on flatwater not more than 500 metres from the bank and in wind strengths that do not exceed Beaufort force 4.

Canoe leaders can make their own decisions about the size of the group but 6 solo canoes or 5 tandem canoes would be seen as a large group.

Force 4 can be 13-18 miles per hour. We can get waves of 1-4ft in height with a significant number of whitecaps.

This award covers all the Lake District open water such as Windermere and Ullswater.

Other examples in the UK include:

  • Kielder Water in Northumbria.
  • Llyn Tegid (bala Lake) and Llyn Padarn near Llanberis.
  • Lake Vyrnwy in mid Wales.
  • Most of the Scottish lochs in the right conditions.
  • Some tidal estuaries would also be appropriate in certain conditions.

How does assessment work?


Canoe Open Water Award

British Canoeing have developed an online eLearning resource to support leaders learning and can be accessed using the following link: e-learning

Course Dates

22 February 2021 
Cost £100 (£275 if booked with 2 days of Canoe White Water Leader Training on 23,24 February 2021)

25 February 2021
Cost £250 for 1-1 and £200 per person for 1-2

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


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

For assessment all candidates must register with British Canoeing.

At registration evidence of the following is required:

  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • 2 Day First Aid Award (within 3 years) recognised by BC.
  • Safeguarding Training (within 3 years) recognised by BC.


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British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader GuidanceCanoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Skills ChecklistCanoe Open Water Leader Skills Checklist

Safeguarding Training

Paddlesport Leader e-learning

Paddlesport Leader Assessment




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