Paddlesport Instructor 

The Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.

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 process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.  

The qualification will cover a range of stable craft including kayak (this can be open-cockpit or closed-cockpit), open canoe, sit on top and stand up paddleboard. Candidates will be certificated in one craft but able to instruct a mixed fleet. 

Minimum age:14 years

Duration: Guided Learning Hours:  23

Optional and free-of-charge Paddlesport Instructor eLearning


  • The British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course

Paddlesport Instructor information

Bespoke Coaching

Coaching ratio 1:1 £160 per person per day

Coaching ratio 1:2 £90 per person per day

Coaching ratio 1:3 £70 per person per day

Coaching ratio 1:4 plus £60 per person per day

All coaching will take place within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.  However, we will consider travelling further.