Mountain Water Expeditions Canoe Leader Assessment

British Canoeing – Leadership Awards:

British Canoeing – Canoe Leader Assessment

The Canoe Leader Award has many aspects to it. With its combination of open water and moderate white water, the Lake District, Northern Dales or North Wales are the perfect places to complete your assessment.  The ability to paddle lakes and rivers on the same day makes Cumbria or Wales the ideal venue. 

At Mountain Water Expeditions we understand that assessments can be very stressful and work extremely hard to make them as relaxed as possible. 

On our assessment we create the opportunity for you to demonstrate your leadership skills in all the appropriate environments.  This will include paddling and leading a group on open water; some downwind sailing; paddling and leading on a grade 2(3) river, along with the traditional skills of lining and poling and lots of rescue practice.

We know that candidates enjoy the assessment more when we bring real students for them to lead. We will bring students on both the open water and river sections of the course. This makes the whole course more relaxed. There is no need to pretend for scenarios and definitely no tricks or set ups. 

All you have to do is take a few people paddling and look after them. We will make sure that they are at the right level for the environment and are happy to go paddling.


Two days of assessment that follows the British Canoeing Canoe Leader Assessment syllabus

Assessment Prerequisites 

  • Home Nation British Canoeing Canoe Leadership Registration (LR)
  • Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised two day first aid award
  • Previous experience: provide evidence of 12 trips (minimum 4 hours duration) that includes 

at least:

Three different grade 2 river trips and three different open water journeys with winds up to Beaufort Force 4 (minimum 4 hours duration), as a member of a group

Three different grade 1-2 river trips, and three different open water journeys with winds up to Beaufort Force 3, (minimum 4 hours duration), as an assistant leader

The above journeys should involve some overnight camps

Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing Canoe Leader Training. This includes at least two days’ logged experience of formal training in personal skills and leadership (see British Canoeing training notes). Whilst two days is seen as the minimum this would be for individuals with extensive prior experience and realistically three, four or even five days may be more appropriate 

British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue Training Course (or Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician) 

Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Candidates under the age of 18 can take the award, but cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until they turn 18. 


This course is non-residential.

Meeting Place

T.B.C normally somewhere within North Wales or Northern Lakes / Dales.

Course Date(s)

Canoe Leader Assessment Date[s]Course/ActivityLocationPriceBook Now
21st & 22nd November 2020Canoe Leader AssessmentNorth Wales£198MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE
28th & 29th November 2020Canoe Leader AssessmentNorthern Lakes / Dales£175MWE-CTA-ENQUIRE

What we include

The price of the course includes; 

  • Coaching and guiding from experienced and helpful coaches
  • A single point of contact at Mountain Water Expeditions to provide you with consistent support throughout your experience.
  • Pre course information pack with lots of helpful advice, kit lists etc 
  • Opportunity to try out a selection of Freebird paddles

What we do not include

  • Transport to and from the starting point
  • Personal kit and accident insurance
  • Items of personal canoeing kit for example waterproof clothing, drysuits, wetsuit boots etc
  • Food or drink
  • Canoe (There is an option to hire an expedition standard canoe at £15 per day)


Alan Pinnington, Ray Goodwin or Lizzie Harrington

For further information or to book a place on this British Canoeing Canoe Leader Assessment course please email