Course Details Paddlesport Instructor: British Canoeing

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry level qualification. The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very sheltered water environments
  • Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’. The course includes practical skills, including games and activities to aid learning, engagement and relationship building skills, professional standards of a Paddlesport Instructor as well as personal and rescue skills.

The 2 day course is a training/assessment combination with three specific areas being assessed:

  1. Professional Standards
  2. Rescue Skills
  3. Personal Skills


  • Minimum Age is 14 years old
  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
  • Scottish Canoe Association Membership (or other home nation membership)
  • Registration for the Paddlesports Instructor Course (£45) from the SCA.

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Funding is available towards the cost of this course and can be accessed from Sport Scotland Via the Scottish Canoe Association Website