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Centres & Hire Providers

British Canoeing aims to support centres and outdoor companies through the Quality Mark Centre scheme.

The British Canoeing Quality Mark is a national quality mark which can be awarded to organisations providing paddlesport activities within British Canoeing guidelines. The aim is to support providers in developing their activities and to give practical help in promoting their business. 

Please note, we are no longer accepting new Quality Mark Applications. In January 2021, we launch the new Delivery Partner Scheme, which aims to support businesses who provide paddlesport activity. Find out more and sign up to receive exclusive information here. Application will open during the winter. 

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

14 May 2020

Further to the advice issued by British Canoeing on 12 May 2020 about a return to paddling and new guidance released by the Government on 13 May, we are pleased to share additional guidance with paddlesport centres and hire providers in England.

Please click here to view the latest information.

Benefits of becoming a British Canoeing Quality Mark Scheme

The British Canoeing Quality Mark and National Association logos can be used both at the Providers premises and to enhance promotional material and stationary, using the British Canoeing and National Associations logos and the words 'British Canoeing Quality Mark'. - Kite Mark of Quality provision for paddlesport. Access to range of services including:

  • Advertising via the Go Paddling Centres look up and other promotions as relevant 
  • Staff Qualification Checking System · Technical Advice via your approval officer for AALS approval 
  • Access to reduced rate boat licenses, where necessary
  • Participation Program support from the Area Development Officers
  • Access to British Canoeing Publications 

For further information and for an application form, please see the following useful downloads:

Please note, this web page and documents gives guidance for British Canoeing (English) Quality Mark Centres. For Centres in Scotland, please visit the SCA website.

The following links and documents give further guidance on the Quality Mark Scheme.

Quality Mark Guidance

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The Quality Mark Guidance document provides detailed guidance about who should apply for the Quality Mark, the application and inspection process, as well as what is involved in achieving the Quality Mark standards.

Guidance for Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Providers

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The British Canoeing Awarding Body website hosts full details of all of the awards and qualifications, course documents, as well as guidance documents such as the 'Environmental Definitions and Deployment Guidance for Instructors, Coaches and Leaders'. 

There is also a Digital Library which offers a wide range of resources including videos, podcasts, eLearning, academic papers and much more! These resources aim to support Instructors, Coaches and Leaders with their development. 

Guidelines for Hire Companies

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The guidelines for hire companies document is aimed at companies that offers boat hire and unsupervised activities as a sole buisness and sets out the standard you need to achieve for this. 

The document provide a range of principles for the responsible provision of paddlesport activities where safety management, quality provision and the safety and welfare of participants is paramount. Included is a framework from which providers can develop their own operating procedures to ensure that the principles and expectations expressed in the advice provided are fully realised.

YOUR promotion tool: The Go Paddling website

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If you currently run or are interested in running guided tours, starter sessions, canoe hire or want to be included in national promotional Go Paddling campaigns and activities, this is for you. For more information about the specific ways to get involved and benefits to you, visit the 'Become a Go Paddling Provider' section of the website.

Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom

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Please click the following links for the Adventuremark and Learning Outside the Classroom, which provides full details about the accreditation. 

Paddle-Ability Accreditation

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To recognise Centres that are providing quality provision for disabled people, British Canoeing offers a bolt on to the Quality Mark scheme. 

We have developed this programme as we know that disabled people want to easily identify where they can access activity that is appropriate for them. British Canoeing also prioritise their work around developing activity for disabled people around Paddle-Ability Top Clubs and Centres.

For further information, please see the Paddle-Ability Accreditation guidance document.

Quality Mark Terms and Conditions

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Please click here to view the British Canoeing Quality Mark Terms and Conditions.