Paddlesport Leader 

Minimum age:16 years

eLearning: Optional and free-of-charge.  

Prerequisites: Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day First Aid award. Full Home Nation Association Membership
Registration Fee: £39
You must be aged 16 or over at the time of assessment. Note that you cannot be deemed responsible for leadership by law until you turn 18 years of age.

Paddlesport Leader Information 

Canoe Leader 

Minimum age:16 years

Duration:2-day Training / 2-day Assessment

eLearning: Optional  Leadership eLearning

Completion time:3 years

Prerequisites: At the point of registration the following prerequisites are required:

  • Relevant Leadership Training: Canoe Leader training within previous 3 years

  • Relevant Safety Training: White Water Safety & Rescue training or (or Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician)

  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years

  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members

  • Age: 16 years of age, or older

Please note: Candidates need to ensure their safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before presenting for an assessment; it is strongly advised that their WWSR training is recent to ensure this is the case.

Canoe Leader Information

Advanced Canoe Leader

Minimum age:18 years

Duration: 3-day Training / 2-day Assessment

eLearning: Optional and free-of-charge.  Leadership eLearning

Completion time: You have 3 years to complete the course


  • Relevant Leadership Training: Advanced Canoe Leader training within previous 3 years

  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years

  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members

  • Age: 18 years of age, or older

Advanced Canoe Leader