New for 2022

NEW SUP Safer

British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce the NEW SUP Safer course which is designed for anyone new or relatively novice to Stand Up Paddleboarding, wanting to gain knowledge and raise their awareness of their personal safety.

The 4-hour programme is delivered within a sheltered water environment which participants will explore in a fun, educational and engaging way.

The SUP Safer course is based on the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy and, as such, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of the course, encouraging individuals to consider where they paddle, the equipment they use, planning their trips and providing practical solutions if they get into difficulty on the water.

The course is suitable for all ages and great for individuals, families and groups wanting to expand their SUP safety practices when on the water.

The SUP Safer course has 4 modules:

  • SUP Equipment
  • Environment and Weather
  • Planning
  • Safety on the Water

As part of our work in providing educational resources and programmes for paddlers, British Canoeing Awarding Body has developed a SUP Safer course aimed at supporting those new or relatively new to Stand Up Paddleboarding. The practical four-hour programme is designed to raise awareness of the inherent risks, and providing safety frameworks so they can enjoy their time on the water.

– Lee Pooley, Director of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

The NEW SUP Safer course will be available across the UK and internationally from 1st July 2022. Visit your Delivery Centre website to find your SUP Safer course –

Sample Programme

SUP Safer Sample Programme and Session Plans  SUP Safer Sample Programme and Session Plans (Size: 1.1 MB)

NEW Paddle Safer

British Canoeing Awarding Body is delighted to announce the NEW Paddle Safer course which gives new and novice paddlers the opportunity to develop their safety skills when taking to the water.

The Go Paddling Paddle Safer course is designed for anyone new to paddling, or relatively inexperienced to paddling, wanting to gain knowledge and raise their awareness of paddling safely in a sheltered water environment, in or on the craft that they paddle. Typical craft would include kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards, sit on tops and inflatables.

The course is based on learning, the ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of the course, encouraging individuals to consider where they paddle, the equipment they use, as well as providing practical solutions if they get into difficulty.

The course is suitable for all ages and great for individuals, families and groups wanting to expand their safety practices when on the water. The course takes approximately 2 hours and covers equipment, environmental factors, planning and rescues.

British Canoeing Awarding Body is delighted to announce the NEW Paddle Safer course that aims to support the huge numbers trying paddlesport for the first time to be safer on the water. A short, two hour programme designed to provide the information for new paddlers to consider how to stay safe. This award is focused on the participant developing confidence, decision making and skills in a craft that the individual chooses.
– Lee Pooley, Director of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

Visit the Go Paddling website to find a course near you.

Become a Provider

British Canoeing Awarding Body Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides will be able to deliver the NEW Paddle Safer course, providing greater access for the paddling community.

All aspirant Providers will need to complete the Paddle Safer Provider eLearning package before delivering the course, as well as remaining current with valid first aid, safeguarding training and up to date CPD.

The eLearning provides guidance and structure on the ethos and delivery of the course, as well as how to certificate participants. Each module has a session guide with linked resources.  If you’re also a Paddle Awards Provider, you can offer dual certification of the Paddle Safer and Paddle Discover Award.

The eLearning provides 5 CPD points, and only costs £10. There is no provider administration fee for courses run and no certification fee. Certification will be available on the Go Paddling website from 31st May 2022.

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Sample Programme

Paddle Safer Sample Programme and Session Plans  Paddle Safer Sample Programme and Session Plans (Size: 1.4 MB)