British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Assessment in Lancashire

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Assessment in Lancashire

£ 186

Chorley, Lancashire

Intermediate & Advanced
Minimum age: 16
Chorley, Lancashire
Cancellation: Flexible
Duration: 2 days
£ 186

Activity Highlights:

Elevate your paddling journey with the Paddle Sport Leader Assessment. Ideal for paddlers seeking to lead diverse trips on sheltered water, this award empowers you to guide mixed craft adventures.

Key Details:

  • Assessment Fee: £186
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Target Audience: Paddlers aspiring to lead on sheltered water
  • Craft Inclusion: Single or tandem craft

Course Breakdown

The BC Paddle Sport Leader Assessment is designed for paddlers who are looking to take the next step in their paddling journey by becoming qualified to lead groups in sheltered water environments. This assessment recognises the capability to safely guide mixed craft adventures, enhancing the leader’s versatility and effectiveness in various paddling disciplines.

  • Flexible Learning: Candidates are encouraged to engage in both formal training and informal learning experiences to prepare for the assessment. This can include attending skills courses, guided trips, and self-directed practice.
  • Skill Development: Emphasis on developing personal paddling skills, leadership abilities, and safety management in sheltered water environments.

Assessment Criteria

  • Leadership Skills: Demonstrating effective leadership and group management on the water, tailored to the needs of participants and the conditions.
  • Safety and Rescue Skills: Ability to manage common emergencies, including effective planning and execution of rescues.
  • Journey Management: Planning and conducting safe, enjoyable journeys in sheltered water environments, considering weather, water conditions, and group needs.
  • Environmental Awareness: Understanding and mitigating the environmental impact of paddlesport activities.

Craft-Specific Skills

  • Adaptability: Leading in both single and tandem crafts, showing competence in a variety of paddling disciplines.
  • Technical Proficiency: Demonstrating high levels of skill and efficiency in boat control and manoeuvring.


Successful candidates will be awarded the BC Paddle Sport Leader Award, recognising their ability to lead safe and enjoyable paddling trips in sheltered waters.

This assessment is crucial for paddlers looking to transition into leadership roles within clubs, outdoor centres, and other organisations. It provides the skills and certification needed to conduct paddlesport activities safely and effectively, enhancing the overall quality of paddling instruction and leadership within the community.


Candidates should possess a thorough understanding of paddlesport fundamentals and have experience paddling in the craft they wish to lead. Additionally, a valid first aid certificate and completion of safeguarding training are required. You can book our comprehensive training for this assessment at the bottom of this page.

No formal Personal Performance Award or Safety Award requirements are necessary. However, we recommend holding the Paddle Explore Award (or equivalent) to enhance your experience during the 2-day assessment. It is crucial to feel comfortable paddling independently on calm water to effectively evaluate your leadership skills.

Why Choose Us

Our centre offers a welcoming environment for the Paddle Sport Leader Assessment. Join us to showcase your skills and lead with confidence. With a focus on safe and enjoyable experiences, our assessment ensures you’re well-equipped for independent leadership or deployment by clubs and organisations.

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What's Included:

  • Expert assessment by qualified instructors
  • Guidance for providing British Canoeing Awards and Training
  • Paddlesport Leader Award (upon completion)

What's Not Included:

  • Personal paddling equipment and accessories
  • Accommodation (available upon request and subject to availability)

Frequently Asked Questions

The assessment evaluates your paddling skills to lead diverse and safe trips on sheltered water.

The assessment is open to paddlers of all levels, aged 16+, looking to enhance their leadership capabilities.

The assessment spans 2 days, providing a comprehensive evaluation of your skills.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts