Advanced White Water Leader

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

The new Leadership and Raft Guide Awards suite align to the British Canoeing Educational Philosophy and support leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips, based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

Advanced White Water Leader Overview

Minimum age

18 years


Optional Training / 1-2 day Assessment


Optional and free-of-charge.  Leadership eLearning


Full National Association Membership

Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 2-day First Aid Award

Safety Award – Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing

Finding an Advanced White Water Leader Course

To find a course in your area, contact your Delivery Centre by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page.

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here

Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled leaders. To supplement this, British Canoeing provides quality training opportunities for those that seek them. It is important that you take an active role in deciding the appropriate preparation, training and experience that you need prior to presenting yourself for assessment. Guidance is offered below to help you construct this personalised development journey.

British Canoeing Training  

British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader Training courses are available to support you in your development of the required skills. These courses typically cover leadership skills, and the associated personal skills, safety and rescue skills. As this training is delivered by British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader Providers, they will also be able to help you identify an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. This is the comprehensive option; courses are normally offered as 2-5 day programmes, with longer courses providing more time for you to practice and develop the skills.

Other Training Opportunities  

You may wish to opt for more bespoke training opportunities. For example, private tuition, in-house training through your work place, working alongside/shadowing other Leaders, or conference/symposium workshops. Many British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader Providers are willing to offer bespoke training to individuals or groups of individuals. The benefit of working with an Advanced White Water Leader Provider is that they have explicit knowledge of the award requirements. However, there are a great many other experienced Leaders who may be in a position to support your development; the Advanced White Water Leader Assessment Guidance,  Checklist and the Leader and Raft Guide Self- Analysis Tool can be used as a steer as to the skills required.

Supportive Resources

There are a range of resources to support you on your journey to becoming a Leader, from the self-analysis tool, to the logbook and journey planning sheet. Explore the resources here.

Methods of Assessment

In order to achieve the qualification you need to show competence in the following elements:
  • Participant focused leadership skills
  • Personal paddling skills
  • Rescue skills
  • Underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience

The Leadership Assessment will normally run over 1 or 2 days. This will depend on the course ratios and logistics relating to access to suitable environments.

Upon completion of the Assessment, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here