Become an Endorsed Guide

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Why become an Endorsed Guide?

The Guide Endorsement is aimed at leaders, who are involved in guiding activity, particularly those working within Adventure Tourism and Commercially.

Your endorsement supports and recognises your experience and that you have developed the skills required to fulfil a guiding role.

  1. Looking for an Endorsed Guide? Then open the finder right of the screen and choose Find a Guide from the ‘What?’ dropdown.

You will join a supportive network of leaders, sharing best practice and like-minded ideas, to aid your learning and support paddlers on their journey.

Furthermore, the endorsement is used by paddlers, clubs, outdoor centres and organisations as recognition of your professionalism, knowledge, skills and experience. You are therefore well placed to support their journeys and expeditions. The main purpose is that it is a healthy and supportive learning experience for all involved, whether it is the mentor, aspirant Guide or more importantly, the clients.

What are the benefits to becoming an Endorsed Guide?

  • Endorsed guides are able to use the British Canoeing Awarding Body Guide Logo on their promotional materials.
  • Aspirant Guides and Guides have access to a private area of our chat rooms to discuss issues, and share learnings.
  • Exclusive positioning in our web promotions and can have their personal biography appear in our ‘Find A Guide’ lookup.

What does it involve?

The Guide Endorsement supports and recognises the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role.

You will choose the areas to develop that are most relevant to your guiding role. You can either attend the modules or choose to develop through a variety of other means.

You will need to meet the prerequsites and submit the Guide Endorsement application. Once your application has been accepted, you will start a consolidation phase before your final endorsement. The main purpose of the consolidation period is that it is a healthy and supportive learning experience for all involved.

Once you feel ready, you can work through your Final Endorsement. The aim of the Final Endorsement is to work with an existing Guide for a final recommendation.

For full details, please visit the Endorsed Guide course page.

Training to support you becoming an Endorsed Guide

There are 5 optional Guide Modules to support the endorsement. Follow the links to find out more.

Camp Craft and Expedition Skills

Exploring expeditions from day trips to multi day, UK and overseas journeys.

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Customer Experience

Throughout this module we explore the customer experience, ensuring your customers are at the centre of your trips and journeys, from planning through to after trip care and satisfaction.

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Environment and Sustainability

Firstly we explore the thriving natural environment, looking at ways you can ensure your activities have a minimal impact on the environment. Throughout the module we look at the potential threats and impacts of paddlers to inland and coastal environments, as well as the spread of non-native species.

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This module is designed to follow on from the leadership principles explored within the British Canoeing Awarding Body Leadership Awards. The module will support you to consider your leadership style, how it impacts on your groups and whether it is always the best strategy. The module explores the influences on leadership behaviour, decision making, as well as challenge versus control.

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Trip Planning and Organisation

There are many factors in play over the planning timeframe, some are intangible and cannot be changed like the hazards. Others, like the selection of the team of paddlers, are within a Guide’s control to change and influence.

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Ready to begin?

You can find our more about the Guide Scheme here: British Canoeing Awarding Body Guide Endorsement read the case studies or start your application using the application form.



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