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BC Advanced White Water Leader Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 1 day(s) | Ratio 1:2


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If you’re looking for a qualification to lead groups of white water kayakers (or OC1 paddlers) on rivers up to grade 4 then this is the assessment for you.

It’s your day. Based on the needs of the group and the conditions, you’ll make the plan, choosing the venue to give your team a great day out. We’ll also spend a decent chunk of the day looking at scenarios, rescues and personal paddling skills.


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To complete your assessment for the British Canoeing Advanced White Water Leader, which qualifies you to lead white water kayaks and OC1s on rivers up to grade 4.


Registered with SCA (or other home nation) as an Advanced White Water Leader candidate (you need to have done this at least 2 weeks before the assessment date)

Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue Training

Full SCA (or other home nation) membership

In date first aid (recognised by British Canoeing – at least a 2 day course)

Safeguarding Training recognised by British Canoeing

Aged 18 or older



If you’re looking to gain a qualification to lead white water kayaks or OC1s on rivers up to grade 4, then this is the assessment to do.

Take a good look at the assessment guidance, which can be found at

The skills checklist and the Leadership and Raft Guide awards course guide are also well worth reading.

If you’re not sure whether you’re in the right place for the assessment, or would like some input to develop your paddling, leading and rescues, we also offer the option of a 2 day Advanced White Water Leader Training.



This course runs with a maximum of 2 assessment candidates and one assessor.

We’ll meet up online in well in advance of the assessment to discuss venue options, the group and how to make the assessment work for you.

On the assessment day you’ll make a plan based on the group and the forecast conditions.

The group will consist of 3-4 paddlers in white water kayak (or OC1). Your job is to lead them on a journey on a grade 4 river. You’ll need to balance the ability of the group and the demands of the environment, supporting them when they find it hard and adding in challenge when it’s easy.

We’ll also spend time looking at scenarios, rescues and your personal paddling skills in the top end of the environment (grade 4).

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Use of kit

Packed lunch and afternoon tea and cake

In-course transport



Please arrive by 0830 on your assessment day.


There is no set kit list for this course, but as part of the assessment you’ll need bring appropriate kit to look after a group of paddlers on a grade 4 river, including incidents and rescues.

At this level you’ll most likely have your own kit, but we do have a wide range of appropriate equipment available to borrow from our stores, including;

  • WW Kayaks
  • Paddles
  • Splits
  • Throwlines
  • Tape and Krabs
  • Group shelters
  • Buoyancy aids with chest harness
  • Spraydecks
  • Wetsuits
  • Cags
  • Dry bags
  • Helmets
  • Paddling trousers
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Pogies/gloves


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