White Water Kayak Leader

Description

20 CPD Points

Become a White Water Kayak Leader!

  • Looking to lead journeys on white water?
  • Do you want to lead a group of kayakers on moderate white water?
  • Are you a white water kayaker or do you have experience paddling in moderate white water?
  • Do you want to support your club?

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

Why become a White Water Kayak Leader?

First of all, the White Water Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate white water. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable white water kayaking trips for groups of kayakers. 

You will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during two days of training, with like-minded white water kayakers.  

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their white water kayak journeys on moderate white water. 

What can a White Water Kayak Leader do?

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

As a Leader you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

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

Personal Performance Awards – the Start AwardDiscover Award and the White Water Award

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

How should I prepare for the training course?

To get the most from your course you will need to feel comfortable in a white water kayak and be able to paddle on moderate white water. We would recommend holding the Progressive White Water Award before booking onto your training. 

You can look at the training notes here.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing training course will be optional.

Registration

Before you book onto your Assessment, you will need to be a member of British Canoeing, 16 years of age (or older), have an appropriate First Aid qualification, have attended White Water Kayak Leader training, as well as White Water Safety and Rescue training, and complete your registration.

What is Registration?

Anyone wishing to pursue a Coaching or Leadership qualification is required to centrally register with the appropriate National Association (British Canoeing, Canoe Wales, Scottish Canoe Association, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland). Registration is the process by which you confirm your intention to study towards a particular qualification. It includes:

  • Checking of previous qualifications
  • Completing and signing the Registration Form
  • Medical Declaration (if required)
  • Setting up and providing access to course resources and eLearning (where applicable)
  • Acceptance of the terms and conditions of study and helps you understand your rights whilst undertaking the qualification and how your data will be used.

Once you are registered, you become a learner with the National Association, we are able to contact you with relevant information and updates to your course of study, help you find a course and local support or mentoring.

When and where does registration take place?

We would recommend that you register as early in your development journey as possible to access all of the support and learning resources. As a bare minimum, and to support your learning, we would recommend registering at least two weeks before your Assessment. Registration is an online process through your British Canoeing membership portal. Registration is separate from booking a place on a course; the latter is done directly with the Course Provider. It is worth noting that many Course Providers want to see evidence of Registration at the point of booking.

Click or tap the relevant links below.

  • Join British Canoeing here: British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)
  • Find training courses here: White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Find safety training courses here: White Water Safety and Rescue training
  • Find an assessment course here: White Water Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Don't forget to register!

Content

The course content is delivered over at least two days’ formal training in personal skills, leadership and safety and rescue, followed by a separate two-day assessment. However, for experienced paddlers/leaders, you could consider Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to move directly to the assessment. Click here to find out more about RPL.

White Water Kayak Leader Training

Typically run over two days, British Canoeing White Water Kayak Leader training courses will support the development of your personal skill level and leadership ability to lead a group of paddlers in a moderate white water environment. The training emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations,

The training covers four key areas:

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

You can look at the Training Notes here.

Some training courses can be extended by an additional two days to include the assessment prerequisite White Water Safety and Rescue training.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing White Water OC1 Leader training course will be optional. You will take an active role in deciding the appropriate training and experience that you need. The formal training will still be available to support you to develop the required skills. Alternatively, you can choose bespoke learning opportunities to support your development stage.

White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

We believe in assessments for learning and you will definitely learn a lot from your assessment. To find out more click on the assessment tab.

Course Assessment

We do everything we can to take the stress out of assessments, we are focused on the journey and not the destination. The experience will be safe, engaging and enjoyable, with you at the heart of the process, involving you in as much of the decision making as possible.

Typical Assessment

Your assessor will guide you through the stages of arranging your assessment, discussing with you the best times and dates for the assessment, helping you ensure you have a group to lead and the appropriate assessment conditions on the day.

By the end of the assessment, you will have to demonstrate knowledge and skills in four areas:

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

The assessment takes place over a minimum of 2 days, depending on the logistics relating to access to suitable environments.

Help and support ahead of your assessment

Every Leader will prepare differently for their assessment. However, you can check your readiness for assessment using:
  • The White Water Kayak Leader Assessment Notes here. – this explains, in detail, the standard required for assessment
  • Leadership eLearning – This optional, interactive eLearning package will take you through some of the key principles behind the British Canoeing Model of Leadership. This is a good refresher of the Leadership principles, at any point on your journey towards becoming a White Water Kayak Leader.
  • You also might find it useful to log your previous experience in a logbook like this Coaching and Leadership Logbook. You can also use the headings suggested and make your own!

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UK Courses

White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Mon 05-10-2020
    Chris Brain
    National Whitewater Centre, Canolfan Tryweryn, Bala, LL23 7NU, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 10-10-2020
    Sean McGrath
    Wild River, Killington Lake Services, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NW, UK
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 31-10-2020
    Ian Dovey
    Car park, newbridge hill, newton abbot, devon, tq137nt, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 21-11-2020
    Joshua Telling
    Brecon Beacons, South Wales, Brecon, Brecon, LD3 9NG, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Thu 26-11-2020
    Sean McGrath
    Wild River, Killington Lake Services, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NW, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Assessment
  • Sat 28-11-2020
    Sean McGrath
    Wild River, Killington Lake Services, Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0NW, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 28-11-2020
    Dr Steve Banks
    4 St. John's Gate, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4TZ, UNITED KINGDOM
White Water Kayak Leader Training
  • Sat 05-12-2020
    Chris Brain
    Mile End Mill, Berwyn Road, Llangollen, North Wales, LL20 8AD, UNITED KINGDOM
20 CPD Points
Course Description

Become a White Water Kayak Leader!

  • Looking to lead journeys on white water?
  • Do you want to lead a group of kayakers on moderate white water?
  • Are you a white water kayaker or do you have experience paddling in moderate white water?
  • Do you want to support your club?

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

Why become a White Water Kayak Leader?

First of all, the White Water Kayak Leader is open to anyone with experience of paddling in moderate white water. The award will enable you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable white water kayaking trips for groups of kayakers. 

You will be supported to develop your personal and leadership skills during two days of training, with like-minded white water kayakers.  

Furthermore, this award is used by clubs, outdoor centres and organisations to support their white water kayak journeys on moderate white water. 

What can a White Water Kayak Leader do?

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

As a Leader you can work independently or be deployed by a club, centre or organisation to lead trips and journeys. The purpose of these trips may be wide ranging from educational experiences, social adventures or trying something new.

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

Personal Performance Awards – the Start AwardDiscover Award and the White Water Award

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required. Find out more in our develop skills section.

How should I prepare for the training course?

To get the most from your course you will need to feel comfortable in a white water kayak and be able to paddle on moderate white water. We would recommend holding the Progressive White Water Award before booking onto your training. 

You can look at the training notes here.

Please note, from January 2021, the formal British Canoeing training course will be optional.

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