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River Trip Leader

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

The British Canoeing River Trip Leader award qualification can be split into a restricted up to and including Grade 3 Guide or an unrestricted Grade 4 and above guide.

Registration

Aspirant River Trip Leaders are required to complete a Leader Registration Form on completion of the assessment.

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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 restricted grade 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 River Trip Leader Training). This may be more if the Guide does not have any transferable skills from other disciplines. For unrestricted grade 4, 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.


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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.

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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.

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Upon successful completion of the assessment, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification. The course provider is required to complete a course schedule and send this to their Home Nation, along with an administration fee of £10 per person attending.

Candidates are required to complete a Leader Registration (LR) Form on completion of the assessment, which should be returned to the candidates Home Nation with the registration fee of £39 by the provider. 

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Registration

Aspirant River Trip Leaders are required to complete a Leader Registration Form on completion of the assessment.