Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

Advanced White Water Kayak leader. A kayak heads over a large falls whilst a leader looks on.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Advanced White Water Kayak Leader award demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water kayak.

It is the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water kayaks.

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Overview

Minimum age

18 years

Duration

48 hours

eLearning

Optional and free-of-charge.  Leadership eLearning

Completion time

You have 36 months to complete the course

Prerequisites

Relevant Leadership Training: Advanced White Water Leader training within previous 3 years.
Relevant Safety Training: Advanced White Water Safety & Rescue
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

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Course Documents

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Core Skills Covered

The Advanced White Water Kayak Leader course content covers the following:

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
Part B – Rescue Skills
Part C – Safety, Leadership & Group Skills
Part D – Theory

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Syllabus.

Methods of Assessment

Assessments are normally run over two days and take place on sections of white water, which must include suitable river journeys.

The rivers used must be advanced white water (rivers up to and including grade 4/5 with the overall standard of the run being grade 4) and include the following features:

Variety of different types of eddies
Surf waves and stoppers that include towbacks
Wave trains and diagonals
Technical paddling sections that require route choices to be made
Running slides, drops and waterfalls
Upon completion of the Assessment the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Assessment Notes.