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“Really enjoyed it. I was nervous of how it would go after failing previously but found it has inspired me to go canoeing. Received clear emails with what we needed and where to meet.  I now have a clearer understanding for assessment, coaching and a confidence boost to help me move towards assessment. Covered lots to help me move forward.”

"Well structured, well organised, laid back, good progression. Any requests for skills were catered for."

"Awesome all round. Clear course info on what was needed and where to be. Clean, well maintained equipment. Clear, well delivered practicals - great use of venues. Always seemed happy to repeat or better deliver points. Felt included and valued as a course participant."

"Very good – concreted everything that I thought I knew and made me confident for the assessment. All information provided and clear. Easy to get anyone if needed. Couldn’t fault it! I wanted confirmation of what I already knew and that’s 100% what I got plus more."


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Canoe White Water Leader Award

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 White Water Award

Where does a Canoe White Water Leader operate?

Canoe white water leaders are qualified to take participants on moderate white water trips. They can lead grade 2 white water that may have one or two straight forward grade 3 rapids. 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.

Rivers that fall inside the canoe white water leader remit include:


  • All sections of the river Eden north of Penrith.
  • All sections of the river Derwent from above Derwentwater.
  • River Lune from Killington Bridge to Lancaster.
  • River Leven from Newby Bridge to a get out upstream of Back Barrow Bridge.

Outside of Cumbria:

  • River Dee Glyndyfrdwy to Mile End Mill which include the serpents tale section.
  • White water sections of the Usk and Brecon in mid Wales.
  • River Tay in Scotland.



How does assessment work?


Canoe White 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

1 Day Training
10 February 2021 - £90
16 March 2021 - £90

2 Day Training
23,24 February 2021 - £200

26 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.
  • White Water Safety and Rescue Training. Click here for dates.


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British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader GuidanceCanoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Skills ChecklistCanoe White Water Leader Skills Checklist

Safeguarding Training

Paddlesport Leader e-learning

Canoe White Water Award
Paddlesport Leader Assessment




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