The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.
Assessment will include the leading of a suitably sized group (3-6 group members). All assessments will include the use of ‘real’ students rather than other assessment candidates. ‘Real’ students are required for candidates to lead in BOTH assessment venues (wind affected and slow moving water). Genuine students who require leadership support in the sheltered water environments should be sourced. In organising the group for the Leader to lead, they must be in a mixed fleet (with at least two different genres of craft (i.e. touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit on tops, general purpose kayaks, stand up paddleboards, racing craft or crew boats).
1 day assessment
Paddlers wishing to complete a Paddlesport Leader Assessment are required to register with their Home Nation before they are able to attend the assessment.
It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date. At the point of registration, evidence of the following is required:
- Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day First Aid award
- Full Home Nation Association Membership
- Registration Fee: £39
You must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.
In order to achieve the qualification you need to show competence in the following elements:
- Participant focused leadership skills
- Personal paddling skills
- Rescue skills
- Underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience
A summary of these areas follows below and further expanded upon in the ‘Paddlesport Leader Assessment Guidance’.
£150 per person including all necessary equipment