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Coaching Course Pathways 

British Canoeing provides a range of coaching qualifications aimed at everyone from club paddlers and novices to advanced paddlers in a range of disciplines.

Below is an overview of each award. You can start at either Paddlesport Activity Assistant, Paddlesport Instructor or Coach. It all depends on what you want to coach and which environment you wish to coach in

Which qualification is right for me?

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

An organisation based award designed for organisations (e.g. clubs or groups) to be able to identify their needs, and train and assess members based on the needs of the organisation. The award is for use in sheltered water environments.


  • No set duration
  • Ongoing training and mentoring
  • Assessed in house

Paddlesport Instructor

The new Paddlesport Instructor course is for those who introduce people to the exciting world of paddlesport through fun games and inspiring sessions in a very sheltered environment.


  • 2 day course
  • FSRT and Membership
  • Trained and assessed on course

British Canoeing Paddle Sport Instructor

Coach Award

This award is for paddlers looking at delivering a series of sessions and improving the performance of their athletes or clients. There are eighteen different pathways with this award delivering sessions in either sheltered, moderate or advanced water environments.



We offer the following coach awards: 

Performance Coach

Provides well practiced coaches the opportunity to further develop and refine their coaching practices and to enhance their ability to use sophisticated coaching practices to improve the performance and long-term development of the paddlers they coach. 


  • 2 day Community of Learning event
  • Online community learning and virtual learning environment 
  • 3 x Mentoring Sessions (online) (approx 2 hours each)
  • 1 day assessment