Coaching Awards

British Canoeing Awarding Body Website

All infomation on British Canoeing courses can be found at the British Canoeing Awarding Body Website.

There’s something for everyone with information about the Awarding Body, Regulated and Non-regulated Awards, a Paddler Zone and a Provider Zone.

British Canoeing Coaching Awards


The Paddlesport Activity Assistant is an endorsement recognised by British Canoeing to support clubs, organisations and volunteers. This is a great first step to develop volunteers to support the activity taking place.

British Canoeing offers four options of paddlesport coaching qualifications all of which are endorsed by the United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC). These four qualifications form the heart of the current coaching scheme.

Combined with a range of supplementary modules, the four qualifications provide structure and diversity in supporting coaches’ progression. Developed primarily to meet the needs of paddlesport coaches, the four qualifications offer a variety of development options for both recreational and competition coaches.

British Canoeing Coaching Qualifications

Choose a qualification…

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers.

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Paddlesport Instructor

The Paddlesport Instructor is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches.

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Coach Award

The Coach Award offers discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and introduces the skills and coaching behaviours required for developing performance through progressive coaching.

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Further information and advice for coaches transferring to the coach award can be found in the document below.

Assessment Check In Service

Check In is a new process for coaches who are planning to attend a Coach Award Assessment course.

It’s free, quick and confirmation sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment.

The purpose of Check In is to confirm the coach holds all prerequisites, saving time on the day of the assessment, as the assessor doesn’t need to check certificates and paperwork.

Please do not try to check in unless you hold all prerequisites, including the completion of Coach Award eLearning module (unless you intend to submit your workbook and portfolio).

Confirmation of Check In will not be issued until the conditions are met.

Please download the Coach Award Check In Document  and send it to CANI coaching office via post or email

*Note –  until our system is fully integrated, it is necessary for staff to manually check. Confirmation will normally be issued within 2 working days, providing the evidence is on record. 

**Note – if you are aware that your record is out of date (for example your First Aid has expired) we recommend you email the check-in form to us with a copy of updated certificates.

Performance Coach

The Performance Coach Award develops on the progressive coaching skills gained at the Coach Award and trains the coach to plan, deliver, and review long term coaching programmes.

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How to register

For further information on awards and how to register please see folders below.

Allow 2 weeks for registration, registrations will be processed during office opening hours. At busy times of the year this may take longer.

For information on British Canoeing Awarding Body, follow the links below;

British Canoeing Awarding Body

British Canoeing Awarding Body Policy and Procedure Documents