British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Assessment

1 day

Age 16+

In order to achieve the qualification you need to show competence in the following elements: Participant focused leadership skills, personal paddling skills, rescue skills, underpinning background knowledge and understanding and experience.

Assessments must include the leading of a suitably sized group (3-6 group members). In addition to this, practical leadership must be underpinned by the ability to explain and justify leadership decisions, an extensive base of background knowledge and understanding, relevant and adequate experience to support the decision making process, understanding of deployment matters and leadership responsibilities, commitment to reflective practice and the ability to learn from experience.

The assessment will start at 1900hrs on the evening before the course start date when you will meet the assessment staff. During the evening the staff will spend time working through the assessment paperwork and your completed portfolio.

Prerequisites/experience required

• Full Home Nation Membership - BC/SCA/CANI/WCA

• Valid (within 3 years) British Canoeing recognised 1-day first aid award

Equipment and Kit Information

British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Assessment - Kit Info

Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The Centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suits, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aids, spray decks and cag tops are available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of what is best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.

You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.

Daily Schedule

British Canoeing Paddlesports Leader Assessment - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times

Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Assessment time begins at 1900hrs on the evening before, and your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.

Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.

Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

Booking Options

1 Night B&B included before the course.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
23 Sep 20 £140 -


Name Price Quantity
Need more Accommodation? B&B £31 -