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White Water Kayak Leader

This course delivers the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required.


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Paddlers wishing to complete a White Water Kayak 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: White Water Kayak Leader training within previous 3 years.
  • Relevant Safety Training: White Water Safety & Rescue training or (or Rescue 3 Whitewater Rescue Technician)
  • First Aid Award: Recognised 2-day First Aid within last 3 years
  • Registration Fee: £39 for British Canoeing members
  • Age: 16 years of age, or older

Please note: Candidates need to ensure their safety and rescue skills are current and up-to-date before presenting for an assessment; it is strongly advised that their WWSR training is recent to ensure this is the case.

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

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The White Water Kayak Leader course content emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations, and 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 White Water Kayak Leader Syllabus

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

Some training courses can be extended by an additional two days to include the prerequisite White Water Safety and Rescue training.

To be able to get the most out of the training candidates should be able to paddle to the standard of the British Canoeing 3 Star White Water Kayak.

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 are normally run over two days, and take place on sections of white water that must include suitable river journeys.

The rivers used must be moderate white water, and include the following:

  • A variety of different types of eddies
  • Suitable surf waves and stoppers
  • Wave trains
  • Technical paddling sections that require route choices to be made

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 White Water Kayak Leader Assessment Notes.

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