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Stadium White Water Leader


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The New Stadium White Water Leader Available from the 4th January 2021!

Become a Stadium White Water Leader!

  • Do you want to lead a group of paddlers on a white water course?
  • Are you a white water kayaker or do you have experience paddling at white water Stadiums?
  • Do you want to support your club, centre or organisation?

If so, the Stadium White Water Leader could be for you!


First of all, the Stadium White Water Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling at stadiums. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable trips for groups of paddlers, with a range of experience.

Secondly, you will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during two days of training, with like-minded paddlers. Alternatively, if you have sufficient experience you could go straight to assessment.

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their activity and trips to Stadiums. 


Your award will support you to lead safe and enjoyable journeys. You will lead paddlers with a range of experience on trips based on their needs and aspirations in a stadium environment.

The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

You will also be able to provide British Canoeing Awards and Training, such as:

Personal Performance Awards – Paddle Start AwardPaddle Discover Award and the New for 2021 Stadium White Water Award and Progressive Stadium White Water Award.


The Stadium White Water Leader has a formal registration requirement.


Registration is a process for leaders who are planning to attend a Leadership Assessment course. The purpose of Registration is to confirm you hold all prerequisites, its quick and confirmation is sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment. It also gives you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place and you can focus on enjoying your assessment. Please do not try to Register unless you hold all prerequisites:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3years).
  • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Full National Association Membership

*Note - as long as you meet the prerequisites, you will be automatically sent confirmation of your Registration. 


Registration costs vary a little dependant on the qualification and where you live, for more information you can read the Registration Guide here.


  • You will need to be an On the Water British Canoeing Member - join now British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register
  • Once you're a member, you access your membership portal and register through the dedicated platform
  • For more information you can use our Registration Guidance here.

**Note – if you are aware that your record is out of date (for example your First Aid has expired) we recommend you update your record first.


It's your development pathway! You choose if you want to attend a formal training courses or develop your personal skills, leadership and safety and rescue, with a mentor or through your Club/Organisation. When you're ready for assessment, you are in control. It's your group, your trip and our assessor joins you for the day. 


Typically run over two days, the British Canoeing Stadium White Water Leader training course will support the development of your personal skill level and leadership ability to lead a group of paddlers in moderate inland waters. The training emphasises the application of a variety of techniques appropriate for exposed open water, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations. 

The training covers four key areas: 

  • Personal paddling skills 
  • Rescue skills 
  • Safety, leadership and group skills 
  • Theory 

Formal training is not mandatory, however if you chose to access the training you will have a great couple of days, develop your community of practice as well as make friends and paddle with likeminded paddlers.


We believe in assessments for learning and you will definitely learn a lot from your assessment.

No course dates currently available.
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