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Advanced Canoe Leader

This course demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of up to four solo paddlers or three tandem crews on advanced river journeys and on remote, exposed open waters in open canoe.

It is the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced white water and advanced open water.

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Paddlers wishing to complete an Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment are required to register before they are able to attend the course. It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the assessment date.

At the point of registration the following prerequisites are required:

  • Relevant Leadership Training: Advanced Canoe Leader training within previous 3 years.
  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing Members
  • Age: 18 years of age, or older

Paddlers who already meet these prerequisites are invited to register now using the Leader Registration (LR) Form

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The Advanced Canoe Leader course content covers the following:

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

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced Canoe Leader Syllabus

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The course content is delivered over at least three days formal training in personal skills leadership, and safety and rescue, followed by a separate two-day assessment.

Once training has been completed candidates have up to three years to complete the assessment prerequisites and progress to assessment. If more time is required extension requests will be considered on a case by case basis.

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Assessments normally run over two days, including two evening exercises.

Assessments take place in Grade 3 white water and large areas of open water that exceed Moderate Inland Water and/or have winds in excess of Beaufort Force 4. If these conditions are not available then an assessment cannot take place.

Upon completion of the Assessment the course provider will submit successful participants for certification.

For full details of the content covered please refer to the Advanced Canoe Leader Assessment Notes.

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