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New for 2019

The NEW Paddlesport Instructor award is designed for people whose main focus is to deliver paddlesport taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.

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NEW Paddlesport Instructor


  • Two days of combined training and assessment
  • Only prerequisites are Home Nation membership and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
  • No workbook but an optional eLearning is available
  • Available in stable craft including closed and open cockpit kayaks, sit-on-tops, stand-up-paddleboards, and open canoes

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

Further details are available in the ‘Paddlesport Instructor Course Guide’ and ‘Paddlesport Instructor Announcement (June 2018)' and 'Frequently Asked Questions' document. These are available to download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

Similarities and Differences

There are a range of similarities and differences between the existing Paddlesport Instructor course and the course to be launched in 2019. 

Both the current (UKCC) and the new Paddlesport Instructor:

  • are recommended as a suitable qualification for running taster/starter sessions;
  • would have high levels of support in place immediately after the course;
  • are expected to be working within the framework of deployers’ safety management systems, for example, at your club or centre;
  • can run taster/starter sessions on their own after some experience has been acquired.

The differences between the current (UKCC) and the new Paddlesport Instructor: 

Similarities Differences Pi Table

Aspirant Paddlesport Instructors: Shall I wait until 2019?

If you are interested in completing your Paddlesport Instructor qualification, you have an option of whether to wait until the new qualification is launched or attend a course in 2018. 

We would recommend you undertake the (UKCC) Paddlesport Instructor course in 2018:

  • If you require a working qualification before 2019
  • You are looking to work in sheltered water, rather than very sheltered water environments
  • You are looking to become a Coach. Although the (UKCC) Paddlesport Instructor is not a prerequisite of the Coach Award, it can accelerate your journey through the Coach Award pathway if it is completed first. Therefore the current (UKCC) Paddlesport Instructor qualification is a great stepping stone to the Coach Award.  

For further information, please see the FAQs document on the Awarding Body website or read our Guidance Article.

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Become a Paddlesport Instructor Provider

British Canoeing and the Home Nations will need a number of British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Tutors in order to deliver the NEW Paddlesport Instructor Award from the 1st January 2019. 

The Home Nation Delivery Centres are responsible for recruiting Paddlesport Instructor Tutors to meet their specific workforce demands. 

Successful applicants are required to commit to a development process before they are able to take on full responsibility for delivery of courses. This will include: 

  1. Paddlesport Instructor Tutor Orientation 
  2. Complete and evidence an (agreed) individualised action plan 

The cost to attend the orientation is £150 (non-residential).

Interested Tutors should complete the application form for their Home Nation but can attend any Provider Training date. Please note, international members will need to attend the international events. 

Application Timeline

  • Application open 3rd July 2018
  • Application deadline 21st August 2018 (12:00 noon)
  • Application decisions by 21st September 2018    

Application decisions will be sent via email (unless agreed otherwise) If successful your offer will be conditional, based on attending an orientation successfully and completing an any agreed action plan within an agreed timescale.

If successful applicants are required to book on to an orientation event within 12 months (21st September 2019), failure to book on to an orientation may require a new application to be submitted.

English Aspirant Tutors

Thank you for taking an interest in the role of Paddlesport Instructor Tutor or Aspirant Tutor. As we develop our programme of courses and prepare for the launch of the new Paddlesport Instructor course our need for trained Tutors is increasing. We welcome applications from women and minority groups who are currently under-represented in our team.

Being a Paddlepsort Instructor Tutor is a demanding, but also very rewarding as you will be directly supporting, mentoring and assessing Paddlesports Instructors who go on to introduce tens of thousands of people to our sport.

Please read the 'Application Instructions' ahead of completing the Application Form. This will provide information on how to apply, as well as the requirements of the role and application forms/options. 

If you would like to submit an application in a different format or would like to discuss a reasonable adjustment to the recruitment process or discuss your suitability for the role before applying please contact darryll.shaw@britishcanoeing.org.uk