Sheltered Water Awards

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Leader award is targeted at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments.

Paddlesport Leader

  • 18th December 2019  - Course now full
  • xxx  2020 - SPACES AVAILABLE

Price: £80.00





Paddlesport Leader Training

There are no prerequisites to the Paddlesport Leader training so just book on and progress your skills! 

Paddlesport Leader Assessment


  • Valid 1 day First Aid training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership  
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

If you’re leading on sheltered water, there are a couple of options available to support your leading activity.

A Paddlesport Leader is someone who wants to take their first steps onto the Leadership pathway and lead a range of any craft on sheltered water. This involves taking on leadership responsibilities in sheltered water environments and focuses on leading through experience. A Paddlesport Leader is keen to share their passion for paddlesport by taking others on safe and enjoyable trips on the water, based on their paddler’s aspirations. These trips and journeys can be wide ranging from educational experiences, social experiences or the opportunity to try new activities.

Paddlesport Leader Training

If you're looking to become a Paddlesport Leader, the optional Paddlesport Leader training is available to support you in your development of the required skills. On this practical course, you will explore leadership skills and the associated personal skills and safety and rescue skills. You will be supported in identifying an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. Courses typically range from two to five day programmes, with longer courses giving you more time to practice and develop your skills.

Paddlesport Leader Assessment

To become a Paddlesport Leader, you will need to complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. The will include displaying participant focused leadership skills, personal paddling skills and rescue skills, as well as underpinning background knowledge, understanding and experience. 

Course Info 

Courses will start and finish at our Base In Aberfeldy.

Courses will start at 09:00

For some courses kayaks, canoes and other equipment may be available. Please get in contact if you wish to borrow any equipment.

What will I need


Personal paddling gear, wetsuit, dry cag, etc

Personal safety equipment, throwbags knifes etc
Insulating layers 
Flask, Water Bottle & Packed Lunch

Warm layers to change in to after been out on the water

Any medication you may require



You will find our activity centre by the River Tay on the east side of Aberfeldy

Beyond Adventure
PH15 2EB