Working with Paddlers Worldwide

Quality training from the world's largest paddling course provider

At Paddles Up Training we are really proud to be working with paddlers worldwide.

We have seen a growth in international paddlers using British Canoeing Awarding Body Qualifications and Awards to support their development.

British Canoeing Awarding Body recognise and are proud that their qualifications and awards are renowned worldwide and have an outstanding reputation.

We feel the British Canoeing Awarding Body award structure represents the paddlesport industry.  We know it’s the high standards of delivery and training, support and quality assurance of the providers of our programmes that grows that confidence.

British Canoeing Awarding Body have continued to develop qualifications and awards that represent the paddlesport industry by regular consultation, current research and development from various fields. The awards now align to the Educational Philosophy. This is all about providing choice, autonomy, enabling progression and development, embracing individualisation and empowering the paddler.

To further reinforce our commitment to the International accessibility of our qualifications, we have recently rebranded our Delivery Centre function and launched this website, which provides an industry leading educational platform.

We have also spent some time considering the way our qualifications are accessed by international paddlers. We have introduced tidal and non-tidal Sea Kayak leadership options, leadership options for Stand up Paddle-boarders, as well as White Water leadership options for OC1 and Stadium paddlers.

Become a Leadership Provider

This review has given us a great opportunity to look at our provider expectations/ requirements, simplifying these. As well as removing of the barriers that faced experienced coaches, where their everyday coaching did not include advanced conditions.

As an example, to become a Sea Kayak Leader Provider (tidal and non-tidal), you will be expected to hold experience of coaching and leading in the moderate sea environment.

This can be by holding one of the following British Canoeing Awarding Body coaching qualifications:

Whilst holding the Sea Kayak Coach (Advanced Water) (or equivalent) would be seen as desirable, it is no longer essential. Read more about becoming a Sea Kayak Leader Provider.

Alternatively, read about any of our Leadership Provider Roles here.

Paddlers Practising and playing games

Become a Paddle Awards Provider

The Paddle Awards, Start, Discover and Explore, are aimed at those brand new to paddlesport, getting into a boat for the first time and working towards independence.

To deliver these awards, Providers will need to complete the Personal Performance Awards eLearning. The activities all the information that Providers need to know about the awards. As well as how best to support paddlers.

Once complete, any qualified Instructor, Coach, Leader, Raft Guide or Bell Boat Helm will be able to deliver the Paddle Start and Paddle Discover Awards.

Anyone who is a BCU Level 3 Coach, BC (UKCC) L2 Coach, BC Coach Award can deliver the Paddle Explore.

Paddlers who hold a BCU Level 2 Coach / BC (UKCC) Level 1 / BC Paddlesport Instructor can deliver the Paddle Explore Award after they have received a recommendation from an existing Provider.

Find out more about becoming Paddle Start and Discover Provider or Paddle Explore Provider.

Become a Personal Performance Award Provider

To provide the PPA’s, you must have completed the British Canoeing Awarding Body Personal Performance Awards Provider eLearning.

You then will need to hold a discipline specific coaching or leading qualification. For example, to provide the Sea Kayak Award (for tidal or non-tidal environments), you will need to hold one of the following –

There is no application process for becoming a Sea Kayak Award Provider. You just need to complete the eLearning. Then when you are ready, ask a current Provider for your final recommendation.

Find out more about becoming a Sea Kayak Award Provider.

Or read about any of our Personal Performance Provider Roles here.

Sea Kayakers traveling in a group in shifty weather
Sea Kayaker paddling away from the camera
Sea kayakers enjoying the warm waters of Mexico


Paddle UK Services Login
Paddle UK Services Login Logo
Please wait while we log you out of Paddle UK Services Login sites
We're Here To Chat
We're Here To Chat
OK, now we know your name, what can we help you with today?
Sorry, none of our operators are available at the moment. Please leave a message or try again later.
Sorry, looks like all our operators are busy at the moment. Please try again later
Hi, welcome to PaddlesUp Chat. Please complete your details to start chatting.

The data collected by the chat form is used to get in touch with you and stored in line with our privacy policy for business purposes. We do not sell or pass on your details. It is retained for administration of your enquiry only. For more information, please check out the British Canoeing Privacy Policy here for more details.
Thanks for chatting. Have a great day.
Was this conversation useful? Vote this chat session.
Good Bad
Skip to content