Paddlesport Leader Assessment

Paddlesport Leader Assessment

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British Canoeing – Paddlesport Leader Assessment

Assessment Structure

This assessment is run with a friendly – learning approach. We will be assessing your personal skills, leadership and rescue skills along with incident management. The assessment typically takes place over two days on both Open Water with force 3 winds Beaufort and flat moving river. An enthesis on the journey and your organisation is observed. It is expected that you will be using one craft for the assessment and you will be leading & rescuing people paddling various crafts to include Open Canoes, General Purpose Kayaks, Touring Kayaks and Stand up paddleboards.

We will also chat with you about your leadership experience of which you need to have logged an effective amount in the given conditions.


On completion, a Paddlesports Leader is qualified to lead all levels of paddlers in any craft including Canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, crew boats and straight running boats on both Open Water with up to force 3 winds (Beaufort), 200m’s from shore and flat moving river. There is an emphasis on less able paddlers under the care of a paddlesports leader to be able to learn with handy tips and through doing.

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