New Leadership and Raft Guide Awards

NEW for 2021, the Leadership and Raft Guide Awards aim to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders and raft guides.

The new awards suite aligns to the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy and supports leaders and raft guides to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips, based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The awards are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers looking to lead groups on single or mixed craft journeys, from sheltered water to advanced water.

Key features of the new awards suite include –

  • Direct access to the environment you want to lead
  • No formal British Canoeing Leadership training requirements
  • Direct entry to assessments available
  • Single day assessments, allowing more agility, reducing time and expenditure
  • NEW eLearning package to support those leading in an unfamiliar environment
  • Downloadable logbook to support the recording of activity
  • Digital self-analysis tool to support leaders in their development and preparation for assessment

Key changes to the disciplines –

  • NEW disciplines: Paddlesport Touring Leader, SUP Inland Open Water Leader, SUP Coastal Leader and Stadium White Water Leader
  • Canoe Leadership to be split into Open Water and White Water
  • Sea Leadership to have tidal and non-tidal assessment pathways

British Canoeing is delighted and very proud to launch the NEW Leadership qualification suite, being part of the wider 4 year review of all Coaching and Leadership awards.  This project has included 3 years of feedback from candidates, Providers, National Associations, Technical Groups and wider consultation…  Although much of the content has remained the same, the ethos and accessibility has changed significantly, providing direct access opportunities, single day assessments and no mandatory training, which could reduce both time and expense as well as recognising and celebrating individual experience. Such shift and alignment with our Educational Philosophy supports an individualised journey.

Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at British Canoeing

Leadership Awards Announcement June 2020  Leadership Awards Announcement June 2020 (Size: 614.3 KB)

Leadership Awards Frequently Asked Questions June 2020  Leadership Awards Frequently Asked Questions June 2020 (Size: 644.4 KB)

General Documents

Leadership and Raft Guide Award Course Guide  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Course Guide (Size: 2.3 MB)

Participant Focused Leadership Guidance  Participant Focused Leadership Guidance (Size: 1.3 MB)

Leadership and Raft Guide Award Sample Programme  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Sample Programme (Size: 1.9 MB)

Leadership and Raft Guide Award Provider Notes  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Provider Notes (Size: 2.0 MB)

Paddlesport Leader Documents

Paddlesport Leader Assessment Guidance  Paddlesport Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Paddlesport Leader Checklist  Paddlesport Leader Checklist (Size: 290.3 KB)

Paddlesport Touring Leader Documents

Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment Guidance  Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Paddlesport Touring Leader Checklist  Paddlesport Touring Leader Checklist (Size: 293.0 KB)

Stadium White Water Leader Documents

Stadium White Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Stadium White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Stadium White Water Leader Checklist  Stadium White Water Leader Checklist (Size: 289.3 KB)

SUP Coastal Leader Documents

SUP Coastal Leader Assessment Guidance  SUP Coastal Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 886.5 KB)

SUP Coastal Leader Checklist  SUP Coastal Leader Checklist (Size: 290.8 KB)

SUP Inland Open Water Leader Documents

SUP Inland Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance  SUP Inland Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 819.9 KB)

SUP Inland Open Water Leader Checklist  SUP Inland Open Water Leader Checklist (Size: 270.1 KB)

Canoe Open Water Leader Documents

Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist  Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist (Size: 291.2 KB)

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Documents

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.1 MB)

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist  Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist (Size: 292.2 KB)

Canoe White Water Leader Documents

Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.3 MB)

Canoe White Water Leader Checklist  Canoe White Water Leader Checklist (Size: 279.5 KB)

Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Documents

Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Checklist  Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Checklist (Size: 291.2 KB)

Sea Kayak Leader Documents

Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance  Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 791.8 KB)

Sea Kayak Leader Checklist  Sea Kayak Leader Checklist (Size: 289.8 KB)

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Documents

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance  Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 826.2 KB)

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Checklist  Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Checklist (Size: 291.5 KB)

Surf Kayak Leader Documents

Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance  Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 785.8 KB)

Surf Kayak Leader Checklist  Surf Kayak Leader Checklist (Size: 292.3 KB)

Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Documents

Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance  Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 781.3 KB)

Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Checklist  Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Checklist (Size: 293.9 KB)

White Water Leader Documents

White Water Leader Assessment Guidance  White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

White Water Leader Checklist  White Water Leader Checklist (Size: 288.5 KB)

Advanced White Water Leader Documents

Advanced White Water Leader Assessment Guidance  Advanced White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Advanced White Water Leader Checklist  Advanced White Water Leader Checklist (Size: 289.6 KB)

Stadium Raft Guide Documents

Stadium Raft Guide Assessment Guidance  Stadium Raft Guide Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.2 MB)

Stadium Raft Guide Checklist  Stadium Raft Guide Checklist (Size: 290.9 KB)

Raft Guide Documents

Raft Guide Assessment Guidance  Raft Guide Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.4 MB)

Raft Guide Checklist  Raft Guide Checklist (Size: 281.4 KB)

Raft Trip Leader Documents

Raft Trip Leader Assessment Guidance  Raft Trip Leader Assessment Guidance (Size: 1.4 MB)

Raft Trip Leader Checklist  Raft Trip Leader Checklist (Size: 282.1 KB)