Leadership Awards

Paddlesport Leader Pilot Assessment

CANI in conjunction with Tollymore National Outdoor Centre will be delivering a pilot of the Paddlesport Leader Assessment to inform the Orientation of the new provider workforce.  The dates for the Paddlesport Leader Pilot Assessment are Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August. To book a place on this Pilot Assessment please follow link; Paddlesport Leader Pilot Assessment.

Paddlesport Leader

The Paddlesport Leader qualification is aimed at paddlers wishing to take on formal leadership responsibilities in sheltered water environments.

The primary role of the Paddlesport Leader is to facilitate, supervise, and lead safe, enjoyable trips, meeting the needs of their group. These aspects will primarily be achieved through choice of venue and equipment and leadership strategies that match the group’s specific needs. The award does not include progressive coaching of technical skills but focuses on learning through experience.

The award will be useful for leaders in clubs, centres, commercial settings, schools, Duke of Edinburgh and youth/uniform groups.

Registration

Paddlers are required to register before they are attend their assessment. Prior to the assessment you will need to register with CANI. You will need, a valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day first aid award and Full CANI Membership. 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.

Preparation for Assessment

There is no official training for the Paddlesport Leader award however it is important that you take an active role in deciding the appropriate preparation, training and experience that you need prior to presenting yourself for assessment. For example, in-house training through your club or work place, working alongside/shadowing other Leaders, or attending conference/symposium workshops.

Guidance is offered below to help you to decide what will work best for you in your personalised development journey.

British Canoeing have developed an online E-Learning resource to support leaders learning, this can be accessed on the following link –

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader E-Learning

Leaders will need to create an account, using their email address, Facebook or LinkedIn, which enables Leaders to work through the e-learning at their own pace and log back in when they want to. The e-learning contains questions to check your understanding. Results are not shared with course providers. The e-learning is purely to support leaders learning. The e-learning resource is not compulsory.

Please find below, guidance on registration, prerequisites, training and assessment.

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Moderate Water Leader

Completing the ‘Moderate Water Leader’ award (formally the 4* award) will indicate that you have the personal skill level and leadership ability required to lead a group of paddlers in the moderate water environment. During the course you will develop your leadership, judgement and technical skills in the discipline of your choice, expanding your knowledge and further developing your paddling experience.

This award acts as pre requisites to other British Canoeing awards.

Registration

Registration is required prior to advance water leader assessment. You must be aged 16 or over to complete your assessment. It is advisable to register at least 2-weeks prior to assessment.  Please find guidance on registration and prerequisites below.

Guidance on training and assessment can be found below.

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Advanced Water Leader

Attainment of the ‘Advanced Water Leader’ award (formally 5*star) indicates that you have a high level of personal skill, judgement, leadership ability and group management in advanced water environments. It is a leadership award and will test paddlers who wish to lead groups of other paddlers in advanced water environments.

This award acts as pre-requisites to other British Canoeing awards.

Registration

Registration is required prior to advance water leader assessment. You must be aged 18 or over to complete your assessment. It is advisable to register at least 2-weeks prior to assessment.  Please find guidance on registration and prerequisites below.

Please note: Candidates need to ensure their safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before presenting for an assessment.

Guidance on training and assessment can be found below.

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Guidance and Further Information

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