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British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

Qualification Level - 2 days | Prices from £240.00

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster sessions within the safety system of clubs, centres or other organisations.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £290.00
Cost (no accommodation): £240.00
Cost (with accommodation): £290.00
Cost (no accommodation): £240.00
Cost (with accommodation): £290.00
Cost (no accommodation): £240.00

Is It For Me?

The British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster sessions on very sheltered water within the safety system of clubs, centres or other organisations. You’ll be working on very sheltered water using craft suitable for complete beginners (e.g. kayak, open canoe, SUP, sit on top). You will have the opportunity to paddle a range of craft during the course, but your personal skills and rescue skills will only be assessed in your preferred craft.

Course Aims

The Paddlesports Instructor qualification helps you deliver safe and enjoyable taster sessions based on a groups’ needs and aspirations.

Paddlesport Instructor e-learning is available at

Course Content

We aim to provide you with practical skills such as:

  • kitting up a group
  • getting afloat
  • initial familiarisation
  • games and activities to support learning
  • using mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and explore

Equipping you to deliver safe, enjoyable and rewarding introductory sessions.

During the course we’ll also assess you rescue skills and your personal skills in your chosen craft.

All of the above will be covered using the Lodge’s on site facilities of lecture rooms and pond.

If there is any way you would benefit from us tailoring the learning programme to meet any learning or physical specific needs, please let us know a soon as possible so we can look at helping with this. Also if you are coming from a competition background and would like to discuss how the course will meet your needs, again please get in touch. We have a good range of kayaks and canoes at the Lodge, however if you want to bring your own specific boat with you please feel free to.

For further information and more detailed notes (available 2019) go to


There may be funding available through your Home Nation Association to aid in the development of coaching. For SCA members please visit:

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.

If you are thinking about buying equipment but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course. We have a range of most equipment items you can try during the course and there is advice on hand from other students as well as the staff.

We have a range of some of the latest river kayaks from Wavesport, Zet, Pyranha and other top manufacturers. All our Sea kayaks are this years models from P&H and Valley. Our Open boats are all new from Hou Canoes, Mad River, Wenonah and Venture. The surf kayaks are also of up to date design from Valley and Mega.

Our paddling clothing is from Peak and we have a wide range tailored to your discipline.

We use a range of paddles depending on the activity, Lendal and Werner for sea kayaking and Werner for river/surf kayaking and canoe. There are specialist additional open boating items such as paddles, poles and sails.


  • Buoyancy aids
  • Helmets
  • Spray decks
  • Cags
  • Wet suits
  • Wet suit bootees
  • Small drybags
  • Dry suits (only for rescue sessions and courses only)
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Pogies
  • Paddling Neoprene Gloves/mitts
  • Towlines
  • Split Paddles



Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Informal clothing for leisure wear
  • Insulating layers – at least two mid weights
  • Fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat & gloves***
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Blister kit/ small first aid kit
  • Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
  • Suncream – you just never know! ***
  • Sunhat and sun glasses & cord
  • Insect Repellent – it may be midgey!***
  • Spare towel
  • An alarm clock
  • A Waterproof Notebook***

Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.


Course Pre-Requisites

Prior to attending a Paddlesport Instructor Course, you need to register with your Home Nation Delivery Centre. Registration is valid for 12 months and it is recommended that candidates register at least 1 week before the start of their course.

To attend the course you need to have:

  • Full Home Nation Membership
  • Registered with Home Nation as a Paddlesport Instructor Candidate
  • Completed Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • Developed Personal Paddling and Rescue Competence in your preferred craft

These will be checked during the course. We recommend that you complete the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training well before attending the Paddlesport Instructor, to give you time to consolidate the rescue skills which will be assessed during the course. If you have been unable to do this, we do have a Foundation Safety and Recue Training scheduled to run the day prior to your Paddlesport Instructor. This course needs to be booked separately.

You can find details of Paddlesport Instructor registration at

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

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