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The Paddlesport Leader award, is designed for those 16 yrs. and above wishing to lead single craft for example, a group on SUP’s, or Canoes, or Kayaks etc. or a mix of boats (canoes & kayaks & SUP’s etc) in a ‘Sheltered environment’, for the British Canoeing definition of a ‘Sheltered’ environment and ratios click here
The Paddlesport Leader Award is designed to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations. The Paddlesport Leader is ideal for those paddlers seeking to lead multi craft journeys in a Sheltered environment. For further information on remit see page 7 of Paddlesport Leader course guide click here
Prior to attending students are requested to familiarise themselves with the Paddlesport leader assessment criteria, link available here, so that your trainer can structure the daily programme around your needs.
Attending the Paddlesport Safety and Rescue training is a useful prerequisite but not a requirement.
British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Training courses are available to support you in your development of the required skills. These courses typically cover leadership skills, and the associated personal skills, safety and rescue skills. As this training is delivered by British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Providers, they will also be able to help you identify an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment. This is the comprehensive option; courses are normally offered as 2-5 day programmes, with longer courses providing more time for you to practice and develop the skills.
The Paddle leader prep for assessment is an opportunity for you to tidy up any loose ends prior to presenting for your assessment, On our Paddleport leader Open water and River prep for assessment we explore briefing, leading, managing and providing safety and rescue for a group on open water and will help you develop an action plan towards assessment
Depending on where you are on your journey towards assessment you may require no support to prepare for assessment or you may wish to explore further some of the assessed areas prior to assessment. The aim of the Padlesport Leader Pre for assessment is to provide a bespoke day designed around the needs of those attending.
It is anticipate that the qualification is likely to be used by:
Classr00m based: Focusing with briefing, group management and safety and rescue in this environment, in particular rescuing including towing a range of boats from your preferred boat, trip planning, what we carry, dealing with incidents
11am: out onto river, exploring the skills to brief and lead a group on a river journey. safety and resuce
17:00: individual debrief & action plan
Candidates are expected to bring all personal and leadership equipment so they get to use the equipment they are most familiar with, we do a have an extensive store and equipment can be borrowed if required. If you wish to borrow equipment please contact the centre in advance to arrange.
The course fee includes lunch, in course transport and your assessor. The fee does not include NGB fees.
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