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BC Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment

Qualify LEVEL | 1 day(s)


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 using lochs with winds up to force 4 and rivers up to grade 1(2) then this is the course 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.


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To complete your assessment for the British Canoeing Paddlesport Touring Leader, which qualifies you to lead mixed craft groups on lochs in moderate conditions and rivers up to grade 1(2).


Registered with the SCA (or other home nation) as Paddlesport Touring Leader candidate. You need to have done this at least 2 weeks before the assessment.

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 mixed craft groups from your choice of craft, on journeys in both an open water environment (up to 500m from land and with winds up to force 4) and rivers (up to and including grade 1 with the occasional short rapid of grade 2 or a simple safe weir) then this is the course for you. Potentially we could also paddle on an estuary with tidal flow up to 0.5 knots.

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

The course guide and skills checklist 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 Paddlesport Touring Leader Training.



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

We’ll arrange a time to meet up online, well before the assessment day, to discuss venues, the group, the logistics and how to make the assessment work for you.

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

The group will consist of 4-6 paddlers in a range of craft. We’ll spend some of the day on open water with winds up to force 4 and some of the day on rivers up to grade 1(2). On the journey you’ll need to balance the ability of the group and the demands of the environment, supporting them when they find it hard, adding in challenge when it’s easy and dealing with any problems that occur.

We’ll also look at scenarios, rescues and personal paddling skills. Remember some of the rescues will involve people in different types of craft to your own, so you’ll want to have practiced this.

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Book your course place online

Step 2

Call to book accommodation. Prices from £60pn



Packed Lunch

In-course transportation

Equipment (if needed)



Please arrive at Glenmore lodge 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 mixed craft group in a sheltered water environment, including incidents and rescues.

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



Group shelters

Buoyancy aids




Dry bags

Canoe poles



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