Canoe Leader Training Mountain Water Expeditions, Water Based Courses

British Canoeing – Canoe Leader Training

Would you like the confidence to lead a group of friends or peers on an open canoe adventure?

As a Canoe Leader you will have the ability to do this, you and your group would be qualified for the following activities:

Paddle a grade two (three) river in solo or tandem canoe

Paddle across a lake one kilometre wide in solo or tandem canoes in wind up and including force 4

Sail open canoes in wind up and including force 4

Pole up or down a section of appropriate river

The foundation of good leadership in paddlesport is personal skill, as it allows you to focus all your attention on the group. Once a leader is comfortable in the environment they can easily help and instruct others. On our training course we will help you improve your personal paddling to let you move around the river or lake thoughtlessly. As you do this you will have plenty of time to think about the group and plan what they should do. This will allow you to match the technical skill of your group to the difficulty of the river or lake and then make a safe decision as how to lead them.

Rest assured that at the end of a Mountain Water Expeditions training course your personal paddling and technical understanding will have improved significantly.

We will give you demonstrations of best leading practice and allow you to try them with the support of an extremely experienced coach at your side.  We will give you as much freedom to make decisions as you want while always being there to help if necessary.

We feel that three/four days are needed to allow enough time to cover the Canoe Leader syllabus and adequately prepare students for the full range of activities involved in the moderate environment in canoe.  However for those people who feel that they already have a significant of the knowledge in the syllabus we run a small number of two day courses. It is not possible to cover all the syllabus in any depth in two days so we would suggest that this is appropriate for students who already hold other outdoor leadership qualifications and perhaps more specifically another Leadership Award.

Skills looked at during Canoe Leader Training

What equipment to carry

Logistics for river and lake journeys

Matching venues and journeys to the skill level of the group

Strategies for leading in moderate water and when to use them

Communication skills beyond signals and briefing

On open water

Group management and how to use trim adjustments to make life easier and improve group control

Effective use of the variety of forward strokes to move efficiently

Improvised sailing and the problems that can occur

Rescues of solo, tandem and rafted canoes

On the river

River reading

Line choice for different abilities and solo or tandem boats

Applying CLAP to the river environment

Personal paddling skills and technical understanding

Using river features effectively

Slowing the canoe to aid manoeuvring

Canoe appropriate rescue techniques

Poling and lining

Rescues of solo, tandem

If you have any questions or require more information on our Course costs and available dates, please contact us