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White Water Awards

The White Water Awards are aimed at paddlers looking to develop their skills for a safe day out on rivers. 

These awards can be taken in a variety of craft, including white water kayaks, OC1s and sit on tops, depending on your skill level and the environment. There are no prerequisites or age restrictions so start your next award today!  

Further details of the content of the awards can be found on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website.

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Head over to the Canoe Near You map and find the White Water Award courses near you or Find a Provider to run an award.

Expand White Water Award

Your White Water Award endorses your skill, judgment and decision making to ensure a successful day on rivers up to grade 2. 

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You will be confident in planning and undertaking journeys on moving water with proficient skills to be in control throughout. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Progressive White Water Award holders.

Expand Progressive White Water Award

Your Progressive White Water Award endorses your judgment, decision making and expertise and requires a good understanding of paddling on grade 3-4 rivers. 

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You should be confident planning and undertaking journeys on a variety of white water rivers. Your confidence should be based upon both proficiency in skills and a broad appreciation of surroundings and environmental context. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise associated with Advanced White Water Award holders.

Expand Advanced White Water Award

This award is designed to advance your white water skills and your ability to make appropriate decisions for safe days out white water paddling on rivers of grade 4-5. 

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As an Advanced White Water Paddler you will have extensive experience of white water rivers. Your experience will include paddling a wide variety of rivers with different flows, volumes and gradients.

Expand Qualification Links & Certification

Although not prerequisites, these awards provide appropriate acknowledgement of personal skills for paddlers wanting to attend Coaching & Leadership qualifications. Achieving these awards ahead of the relevant qualification will enable you to focus on the course content, rather than being concerned with your personal skills.

White Water Award: Paddlesport Leader, Paddlesport Instructor or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) 
Progressive White Water Award: White Water Kayak Leader or White Water Kayak Coach 
Advanced White Water Award: Advanced White Water Kayak Leader, White Water Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) or Performance White Water Kayak Coach


Awards Near You

Head over to the Canoe Near You map and find the White Water Award courses near you or Find a Provider to run an award.