Paddlesport Instructor

Paddlesport Instructor. A group in different crafts on the water

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry level 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


Guided Learning Hours:  23

Total Qualification Time (hours):  100


Optional and free-of-charge Paddlesport Instructor eLearning


  • The British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course

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

Course Content

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 main eLearning module associated with this award is the Paddlesport Instructor eLearning package which has been designed to cover a range of syllabus topics relevant to the Paddlesport Instructor.