Paddlesport Instructor

British Canoeing Awarding Body

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry point qualification. It seeks to introduce the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching.

Paddlesport Instructor Overview

Minimum age

16 years


Guided Learning Hours:  24

Total Qualification Time (hours):  27


Optional and free-of-charge Paddlesport Instructor eLearning

Completion time

You have 12 months to complete the course from registration


  • The British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course
  • Boat-based instructors need either the 2 Star Award, the 2 Star Canoe and Kayak (pre-2008) Award, or the Paddlepower Discover Award

More Information

For more information on the Paddlesport Instructor, view the  Paddlesport Instructor Course Guide here

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

Next steps

Paddlesport Leader

Coach Award

A qualified Paddlesport Instructor can plan, deliver and review short coaching sessions.  This is usually with the support of a more qualified coach.

The course is suitable for coaches from all paddlesport disciplines.  This includes coaches who may work with competitive or non-competitive paddlers.

Course Content

Our Paddlesport Instructor qualification enables coaches to develop the ability to plan, deliver and review short coaching sessions in a safe, ethical and effective manner.

The course will cover ‘how to coach’ skills alongside technical understanding of ‘what to coach’, specifically relating to the skills that beginners need.

Method of Assessment

There are four specific assessment tasks that are completed during the course:

  1. Rescue Skills
  2. Personal Skills (boat-based coaches only)
  3. Practical Coaching (planning, delivery, safety and review)
  4. Training Course Workbook

Paddlesport Instructor eLearning

There are two main eLearning modules associated with this award.  The Paddlesport Instructor eLearning package is designed to cover a range of syllabus topics relevant to the Paddlesport Instructor.

The Developing your Coaching Craft eLearning package  guides you through a ‘Plan, Do, Review, Conclude’ process based on your practical coaching.