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What our clients say...

"It was a purposeful but fairly relaxed approach to assessment which was made as clear and as unproblematic as possible. I felt supported and received good advice and guidance."

"Paddled some great rivers to advance my leading and to consolidate my personal paddling. Was given adequate opportunity to show how well I could lead and paddle."

"Well organised and thought out. Experience of running course was clear.Good atmosphere, clear delivery. Not too much pressure"

"Sean and Ian did a great job of trying to make us feel at ease. Given lots of opportunity to demonstrate my skills."


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British Canoeing

White Water Leader Award

A white water kayak leader can take participants on epic white water journeys. They inspire groups on amazing days out in the white water environment.

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Where does a White Water Kayak Leader operate?

White water kayak 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. White water leaders can make their own decisions about the size of the group but 6 paddlers would be seen as a large group.

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


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

Outside Cumbria:

  • River Dee Glyndyfrdwy to Mile End Mill which include the serpents tale section but not Town Falls.
  • White water sections of the Usk and Brecon in mid Wales.
  • River Tay in Perthshire.
  • River Awe in Western Scotland.



How does assessment work?


kayak leader training

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

kayak leader training

Course Dates

10 February 2021
16 March 2021
Cost £90

14 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 Advanced White Water Leader GuidanceWhite Water Leader Assessment Guidance

British Canoeing White Water Leader ChecklistWhite Water Leader Skills Checklist

Safeguarding Training

Paddlesport Leader e-learning

White Water Leader
Paddlesport Leader Assessment




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