The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry level point qualification.
The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.
The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:
- Very Sheltered Water environments
- Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience
The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.
This two-day, face-to-face practical training course.
WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THE COURSE?
- How to effectively prepare a group for an activity (e.g. kitting up and getting afloat);
- Together you will play with a range of activities to engage the group (e.g. games, tasks and journeys);
- You will explore a range of motivating activities and games that support learning;
- The tutors will support you to plan ways of using mini journeys to inspire adventure and exploration;
- You will develop ideas that allow you to help participants learn basic skills;
- Our tutors will share top tips and quick fixes for common challenges to accelerate learning;
- You will investigate how to select suitable equipment for participants;
- You will explore methods of maintaining participants’ safety and develop your understanding of deployment matters.
There will be opportunities to develop and progress your own paddling skills and meet likeminded people during the course, many of our course candidates develop long lasting friendships, connections and contacts.
You can read the full course guide here: Paddlesport Instructor Course Guide
You could also take a look at the Free Paddlesport Instructor eLearning Click here
The combined training and assessment practical course, is based on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the instructor needs to ensure the participants in their care are appropriately provided for. This includes:
2 days combined training and assessment
Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
To be able to get the most out of your course, we would recommend that you can paddle to the standard of one of the following Personal Performance Awards: Touring Award, Canoe Award, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Sea Kayak Award, White Water Award, Surf Kayak Award, Racing Explore Award, Flat Water Freestyle Award, Polo Explore Award, Slalom Explore Award or the Wild Water Explore Award.
British Canoeing Membership (an additional fee of approx. £47 for adult membership) – you can read more info here: On The Water Membership | British Canoeing Membership Packages
Registration fee to British canoeing (an additional fee of £46.80 payable to British Canoeing). See next section.
Candidates wishing to book on to a Paddlesport Instructor course must register with their respective National Association.
It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the training course.
Registration is the start of the process by which an instructor’s qualification journey is records and gives the instructor access to the training resources. Registration is DIFFERENT to booking a place on a course. You do this directly with British Canoeing and costs £46.80 and is NOT included in the £200 course fee paid through Rooted in Nature CIC.
Registration for the Paddlesport Instructor is open to persons aged 14 and above. All candidates registering for the Paddlesport Instructor course will need to be a full member of their respective National Association.
By the end of the course, learners are required to have demonstrated knowledge and skills as identified in the following three areas:
- Professional Standards
- Personal Paddling Skills
- Rescue Skills
Upon successful completion of each of these tasks the course provider will recommend the candidate for certification. Certificates will be email to the candidate with the craft stated on their certificate.
Please note, learners do not need to repeat the Paddlesport Instructor course to have a certificate for every craft. It will be up to the deployer whether the learner displays competencies from a range of craft and so which craft(s) they can operate from. These skills can be demonstrated by undertaking a NEW Personal Performance Award.
£225 per person including all necessary equipment (does NOT including British Canoeing Membership (£47 for an adult) and British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Registration fee (£46.80)