Paddlesport Leader Assessment
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 2 People to 1 instructor

Paddlesport Leader Assessment

  • Paddle
  • Paddlesport
  • British Canoeing Award


This one day assessment tests that you're ready to lead, supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips in sheltered waters. We're looking for good judgement in choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies that match a group's specific needs. You'll show that you're ready to be a; club leader, commercial paddlesport guide, a leaders for providers/centres who offer paddlesport activity, a leader within schools, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Groups, Uniform groups etc.

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The Objectives

To be successful, you'll show that you can choose the craft you work from and look after others in both single discipline and mixed fleets, for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit-on-tops, general purpose kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft. You'll also show that you can apply your leadership skills to groups undertaking journeys for different purposes ranging from school or outdoor education activity to commercial paddlesport guiding.


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

During the day you'll lead a small group of paddlers on two journeys; one on a sheltered lake and one on a slow-moving river.

Experience Required

You should ideally have a minimum of the following experience, gathered through a range of different environments;

  • 12 trips as an active, capable member of a group (of at least 4 hours’ duration)
  • 12 trips acting as leader (of at least 4 hours’ duration)

We also advise that you have:

  • Leading experience in a range of relevant craft, environments and conditions
  • Experience leading in both familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • Experience where you are acting as the main leader with the associated responsibilities
  • Experience working with a range of different people. For example; known and unknown participants with different needs and aspirations
  • Been observed leading and received useful feedback and support

All whilst working within appropriate safety management systems.

Leading and facilitating safe and enjoyable activity is a rewarding process. Show us your skills to operate safely and effectively leading a mixed fleet of craft in sheltered water.

Chris Evans

We have an extensive fleet of open canoe, touring kayaks, shorter generic kayaks and SUPs for you to paddle during the assessment if required.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

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2 Days
Start Date
9th May, 2019
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2 Days
Start Date
24th August, 2019
Spaces left
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