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Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment



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Paddlesport Touring Leader Award

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.

Where does a Paddlesport Touring Leader operate?

Paddlesport Touring Leaders are qualified to take participants:

  • Open water journeys up to 500m from the shore.
  • In winds up to but not exceeding force 4 (less than 18mph).
  • slow-moving rivers up to and including grade 1 which may include the occasional short rapid of grade 2 and simple safe weirs.
  • Tidal movement up to 0.5 knots

This award covers all the open water in the Lake District in appropriate wind and most open water in England and Wales.

River journeys include:

  • Easy sections of the river Eden outside the classic white water sections.
  • Middle Derwent near Keswick from Derwentwater to Bassenthwaite.
  • Upper Derwent from Grange to Derwentwater.
  • River Lune below Kirkby Lonsdale.
  • River Kent from Burneside to south of Kendal.

Who can I work with?

Paddlesport touring leaders can lead paddlers who need support in the environment in any craft.  They can work with groups in a mixture of craft or in the same craft. They have the experience to decide on the number of paddlers they lead but 6 solo craft or 4 tandem craft would be seen as large groups.

How does assessment work?


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

Download or print the Paddlesport Touring Leader Factsheet:


Course Dates

30,31 January 2021
27,28 February 2021
Cost £220

5 March 2021
12 March 2021
Cost £250 for 1-1 and £200 per person for 1-2

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


All candidates must register with British Canoeing. The cost of registration is £39.00 and includes certification.

  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Valid (within 3 years) 2 day British Canoeing recognised First Aid Award.
  • Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing.


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British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader GuidancePaddlesport Touring Leader Assessment Guidance

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Skills ChecklistPaddlesport Touring Leader Skills Checklist

Link to Paddlesport Leader e-learning

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