Paddlesport Instructor

Paddlesport Instructor. A group in different crafts on the water

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry point qualification.

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 Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water environments
  • Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

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

Paddlesport Instructor Overview

Minimum Age

14 years


Course Length

2 days’ combined training and assessment


If you feel you already have the relevant skills to bypass the prerequisite safety training, log in to your membership record and apply for Accredited Prior Learning.


Optional free Paddlesport Instructor eLearning

Course Documents

To view the associated documents for the course, please click here


You will need to register with your Delivery Centre ahead of your course. Visit your Delivery Centre website for further information (links below)

Find a Course

Visit your Delivery Centre website to find a course near you:

Practical skills, including games and activities to aid learning
Engagement and relationship building skills
Professional standards of a Paddlesport Instructor
Personal and rescue skills

Method of Assessment

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

  1. Professional Standards
  2. Rescue Skills
  3. Personal Skills

Paddlesport Instructor eLearning

The optional eLearning module associated with this qualification is the Paddlesport Instructor eLearning package which has been designed to cover a range of topics relevant to the Paddlesport Instructor.

Find a Course

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