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Now Recruiting – British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Providers Opens 6th September 2023

We are currently recruiting Paddlesport Leader Providers to support our delivery aspirations and support the increase in demand we expect. We welcome applications from women and minority groups who are currently under-represented in our wider team.

Being a Leadership Provider is demanding, but also very rewarding as you will be directly supporting, mentoring, and assessing leaders who go on to introduce, support and develop tens of thousands of people exploring the environment through our sport.

In this application pack you will find information on how to apply as well as the requirements of the role and an application form.

Are you:

  • A qualified coach in two of Canoe, Kayak and SUP?
  • A moderate water leader in Canoe, Kayak or SUP?
  • Competent in Canoe, Kayak and SUP?
  • Great at coaching rescue skills using a variety of crafts?
  • Committed to developing personal and leadership skills to facilitate great learning and assessment experiences?
  • If the answer is ‘YES’, then we need you!

Applications must be received before noon (12:00) Wednesday 4th October 2023.

Please complete this application form if you wish to apply for the role of Paddlesport Leader Provider. You will not be able to save your application and return to it so you may find it helpful to prepare your answers separately and then paste in. See the link to download a PDF version.

We may process applications as they are submitted, it is essential that you discuss your application with and seek the permission of your references before submission.

  • Application deadline 12 noon Wednesday 4th October 2023
  • Application decisions Monday 9th October 2023

Application decisions will be sent via email (unless agreed otherwise) If successful your offer will be conditional, based on attending an orientation successfully and completing any agreed action plan within an agreed timescale.

If successful, applicants are required to book on to the orientation event, failure to book on to an orientation may require a new application to be submitted.

What happens next?

We will contact you 9th October to inform you of the outcome.  If successful, you will need to complete some pre-reading and attend a 2-hour online orientation and 2-day practical face to face orientation event.

Online Orientation Webinar – Wednesday 8th November from 18:30 – 20:30.

Practical Face to Face Orientation – Saturday 9th and Sunday 12th December 2023. Venue Tollymore National Outdoor Centre.

The practical 2-day face-to-face orientation event is to support the development of your understanding of the course and its delivery. This is compulsory for all applicants.

During the orientation events you will be working alongside other aspirant providers and a National Trainer.

The orientation fee will be £375 or early bird price of £325. This includes the online webinar session and 2-day practical face-to-face orientation. This does not include food or accommodation.

The orientation trainer will support your development of a detailed action plan and make a recommendation, based on your contribution during the event:


Successful or not, applicants will be given the opportunity to discuss their application, explore possible actions to strengthen future applications or discuss suitable alternatives.

Application method

If you would like to submit an application in a different format or would like to discuss a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process or discuss your suitability for the role before applying, please contact or 07747794343.

Regardless of the method of submission the deadline for submissions is 12 noon Wednesday 4th October 2023.

We are unable to consider applications submitted after this time.

Conditions Attached to the Role: 

Leadership Providers are considered a ‘managed provider role’.  Aspirant providers who reside in Scotland, Wales or England or who are SCA, Canoe Wales or British Canoeing English Members should complete the relevant form from their National Association Website, when they are open for applications.

A condition of holding the role is that you maintain CANI Membership. If, in the future, you move residence to Scotland, Wales or England or National Association membership, the role will not automatically transfer and will need to be reviewed with the new nations coaching manager, this will include a workforce needs assessment and may include reviewing your application on the most up to date provider requirements.


The Canoe Association of Northern Ireland (CANI) takes your privacy seriously and will only collect necessary personal data to administer your application to become a Paddlesport Leader Provider.

To protect your data, we will:

• make sure it’s treated consistently with our privacy policy

• not allow other companies to use it to contact you with their own marketing unless you’ve given your consent.

Your data will be shared with British Canoeing Awarding Body for auditing purposes, it will not be shared with any other third party organisations.

CANI will hold your data on file for a period of three years to send you information about other relevant tutor opportunities and to meet British Canoeing Awarding Body requirements unless you tell us otherwise by emailing  

Please bear in mind that if you request your data to be deleted, we will no longer be able to provide you with updates about tutor opportunities.

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