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BC Canoe White Water Leader Assessment

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


NEW. You can now choose which date you want to book your British Canoeing Leadership or Coaching assessment on.  Simply choose your preferred date – visit here for more details.  This applies to all disciplines and all British Canoeing Leadership and Coaching assessments.

If you’re looking for a qualification to lead groups on journeys in Open Canoes on rivers up to grade 2(3) 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.

This is a non-residential course.




To complete your assessment for the British Canoeing Canoe White Water Leader Assessment, which qualifies you to lead open canoes on grade 2(3) rivers.


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

British Canoeing 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 16 or older



If you’re looking to gain a qualification to lead open canoes on rivers up to grade 2(3) this is the assessment to do.

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

The skills checklist and the Leadship 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 British Canoeing Canoe White Water Leader Training.



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

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

On the assessment day you’ll meet the group, find out what they’ve done before and what they want out of the day, take look at the conditions and make a plan.

The group will consist of 3-6 canoeists in a maximum of 4 open canoes. Your job is to lead them on a grade 2(3) 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 a decent chunk of the day looking at scenarios, rescues and personal paddling skills in the top end of the environment.

Step 1

Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn




Use of kit

In course transport

Packed lunch and afternoon tea and cake



Please arrive at Glenmore Lodge before 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 yourself and a group of canoeists on a grade 2(3) river, including incidents and rescues.

We have a wide range of appropriate equipment available to borrow from our stores, including;

  • Canoes
  • Paddles
  • Poles
  • Swim lines
  • Throwlines
  • Group shelters
  • Buoyancy aids
  • Wetsuits
  • Cags
  • Paddling Trousers
  • Wetsuit boots
  • Helmets
  • Dry bags
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