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Paddlesport Leader Training

Paddlesport Leader Training

£ 200

Cumbria

british performance kayaking and paddleboarding
Advanced & Expert
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Cumbria
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Strict
£ 200

Activity Highlights:

This course will run on 11-12 March 2024 and 30 April, 1 May 2024. Please contact us to discuss other dates if those on the calendar do not suit. We are happy to put on a course for a small group.

Paddlesport leaders will take paddlers on great journeys creating amazing experiences and inspiring participants to enjoy paddling in a range of environments. They should allow paddlers the freedom to journey at their own pace whilst supporting individuals to paddle in environments that are safe but challenging.

A paddlesport leader is seen to be an independent leader who can work outside an organisation.

Training courses are appropriate for:

  • Instructors who are starting to run paddlesport sessions.
  • Instructors who have not completed a paddlesport safety and rescue course.
  • Educators who are planning to work with their pupils in paddlesport.

You may well also decide to:

  • Attend a paddlesport and safety rescue course.
  • Attend a performance award such as the canoe award or the sheltered water sup award.
  • Receive some individualised bespoke training.

 

On our training courses we look at:

  • Pre-trip information gathering.
  • Trip planning and predicting weather and conditions.
  • Safety briefs for mixed fleets in open water and slow moving rivers.
  • Group control for mixed fleets in a variety of environments.
  • Simple sailing set ups.
  • Games for journeys.
  • Wind and current awareness.
  • Leading groups in safe but inspirational ways.
  • Towing option.
  • Rescues of different craft.
  • Incident management.
  • Benchmarking of personal paddling skill.

The key part of any training course is the individual debrief to assist with your development of your detailed action plan.

Location

This courses will take place in Cumbria. For the majority of our courses the meeting points / venues will vary depending on weather conditions and water levels.

The most commonly used lakes are Ullswater, Derwentwater and Windermere and the most commonly used rivers are Eden, Leven and Lune. Favourite spots would include Glenridding at the southend of Ullswater, the river Eden north of Penrith, Middle Derwent near Keswick, Lune near Kirkby Lonsdale, Kent through Kendal and the Leven near Newby Bridge.

Prerequisites

There are no formal pre-requisites for leader training but candidates should have a level of personal skill relevant to the sheltered water environment. For assessment all candidates must register with British Canoeing.

Enhancing Existing Qualifications:

For Level 1 Paddlesport Coaches: This award is a valuable complement, fostering enhanced autonomy in coaching duties. It demands a higher proficiency in personal and safety/rescue skills, ensuring robust leadership decisions on water.

For Club Activity Assistants (CAAs): Those seeking increased responsibility will find this award beneficial. It qualifies leaders to manage diverse crafts in sheltered waters, supporting both single and mixed fleets, encompassing racing crafts, kayaks, canoes, sit-on-tops, paddleboards, and crew boats.

Where Can a Paddlesport Leader Operate?

Paddlesport Leaders are certified to guide participants on simple, sheltered water trips. These could include flat waters within 200 meters from the bank, wind conditions under force 3 (below 12mph), and very slow-moving rivers navigable against the flow. The itinerary might feature manageable weirs, locks, or shallow rapids, easily circumvented on foot.

Suitable venues encompass sheltered coastal bays with minimal risk and tidal estuaries with very low current (0.5 knots). Examples of Lake District venues are the south end of Ullswater under 10mph wind, north end of Windermere, including parts of the rivers Brathay and Rothay, and the river down to Newby Bridge in favorable wind. Other locations include Norfolk Broads, non-tidal sections of the Thames with low flow, Llangollen Canal from Horseshoe Falls to Whitchurch, most of the lower Wye excluding specific sections, and the River Medway from Tonbridge to Maidstone.

Who Can a Paddlesport Leader Work With?

Paddlesport Leaders are equipped to lead paddlers requiring support in any craft, whether in mixed or identical groups. They have the discretion to determine the group size, with eight solo crafts or six tandem crafts considered large.

To book the assessment for after this training, scroll down to other courses by this centre and find ‘Paddlesport Leader Assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are no formal pre-requisites for leader training but candidates should have a level of personal skill relevant to the sheltered water environment.

For assessment all candidates must register with British Canoeing.

At registration evidence of the following is required:

  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • 1 Day First Aid (within 3 years) recognised by BC.
  • Safeguarding Training (within 3 years) recognised by BC.

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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Flexible

  • 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 

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  • You can cancel until 5 days before your 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 

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  • 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

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  • 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