River Trip Leader

River Trip Leader. A flotilla of rafts head down river towards white water.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body River Trip Leader award is targeted at the experienced River Raft Guide who wants to progresses to be in charge of a flotilla of rafts on a natural river.

River Trip Leader Guide Overview

Minimum age

16 years

Duration

2-day Assessment

eLearning

Optional and free-of-charge.  Leadership eLearning

Completion time

You have a few months to complete the course

Prerequisites

Candidates are not required to register ahead of their training but must hold the following prerequisites:

  • Home Nation membership
  • Valid (within 3 years) Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue or Rescue 3 WRT Pro qualification
  • A current First Aid certificate (16 hours) with CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Hold the British Canoeing River Raft Guide qualification or equivalent with full understanding of the British Canoeing River Raft Guide syllabus. You may APL this with supporting evidence from a Level 4 or Level 5 Guide

Candidates are required to complete a Leader Registration (LR) Form at their assessment. At the point of registration, the following prerequisites are required:

  • Attended a British Canoeing River Trip Leader Training course. (You may APL this with supporting evidence and recommendation by a Level 4 or 5 Guide).
    Home Nation membership
  • A current First Aid certificate (16 hours) including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation)
  • Valid (within 3 years) Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue or Rescue 3 WRT Pro qualification
  • Logbook – For Class 3 award, this must contain evidence of 150 hours’ raft guiding which must include a minimum of 20 hours’ trip leading (not including the British Canoeing Awarding Body River Trip Leader Training). This may be more if the Guide does not have any transferable skills from other disciplines. For Class 4 award, the logbook must contain evidence of 200 hours (50 of which must be on grade 4 water) raft guiding, which must include a minimum of 40 hours’ leading on grade 4 (a minimum of 20 hours’ trip leading with clients/non guides is essential). This may be more if the Guide does not have any transferable skills from other disciplines.

Candidates must be 18 years or over at the time of assessment.

Finding a River Trip Leader Course

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

Course Documents

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Course Content and Structure

Part A – Personal Paddling Skills
Part B – Rescue Skills
Part C – Safety, Leadership and Group Skills
Part D – Theory

For full details of the content covered, please refer to the River Trip Leader Award syllabus.

To achieve British Canoeing River Trip Leader, candidates are required to attend British Canoeing River Trip Leader Training. This involves a formal training course in personal skills and leadership. Upon completion of the training and the assessment prerequisites, candidates can then put themselves forward for assessment. Assessments are normally run over 2 days with a minimum of 4 hours’ contact time on the river, for each day’s session.