Club Activity Assistant

The Club Activity Assistant is an exciting new British Canoeing role aimed at supporting club and volunteer workforces. It is targeted towards volunteers within clubs and has been designed to help support and develop the range of activities a club offers.The role aims to engage individuals of all paddling abilities to deliver or support specific sessions on and off the water at British Canoeing and Home Nation affiliated clubs.

CE Photo Project 2013The nature of sessions or activities will depend on the needs of the club where the Club Activity Assistant is based. Examples of activities include, for example; training sessions, practice sessions, taster sessions or carrying out specific roles during club events.

The Club Activity Assistant role will be specific to a particular session in a controlled environment, most likely where sessions are repeated on a regular basis, for example warm up lead or slalom session timer. The type of participants Club Activity Assistants will work with could include young paddlers, adults, disabled paddlers, beginners of all ages or more experienced paddlers, depending on the needs of the club.


The role is suitable for current and new volunteers and no previous experience is required as full training and support will be provided by Club Activity Assistant Coordinators. The only requirement is that Club Activity Assistants must be members of either Canoe Association of Northern Ireland or one of the Home Nation associations. The Club Activity Assistant programme provides a fully developed support pathway towards a British Canoeing Endorsement.

The sessions a Club Activity Assistant can lead must be within a club’s Standard Operating Procedures and be fully risk assessed.  If the person is likely to be delivering a range of different sessions, at a range of different venues, it is likely that the Level 1 Coach or Sheltered Water Leader (SWL) will be more appropriate; depending on whether the nature of activity is ‘coaching’ or ‘leading’.

For more detailed information, please download guidance documents in the folder below;