Instructor Training

All volunteers who take Girlguiding and/or Scouting groups out on the water at Paxmead hold British Canoeing Association qualifications. We want to encourage many more people to gain a qualification in order to continue offering young people the opportunity to try paddle sports at Paxmead.

Qualification Options

British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

This is an entry level qualification designed for people working on very sheltered water, to take groups for out for taster sessions and fun activities. It is open to everyone aged 14+ and can be completed in the craft of your choice – kayak, canoe or paddleboard.

After qualifying, individuals are required to assist in the running of a number of sessions to improve their skills specific to Paxmead.

Minimum Requirements:

  • British Canoeing Membership (this has to be maintained to keep qualification)

  • BCAB Paddlesport Safety and Rescue (PSR)

  • Personal paddling and rescue competence in your preferred craft

Estimated Cost:

£45 – British Canoeing Membership (annual commitment)
£100 – BCAB Paddlesport Safety and Rescue (1 day)
£45 – Registration onto Paddlesport Instructor Course
£210 – 2 Day Paddlesport Instructor Course

Paxmead can offer financial assistance for training. This requires a commitment to provide sessions at Paxmead once qualified. (i.e. £200 – 10 sessions)

Ongoing Personal Performance awards

Qualifying as a Paddlesport Instructor allows you to run sessions in your chosen craft (that you qualified in). Additional Personal Performance Awards can be taken to allow you to instruct groups from other craft. More information can be found on the British Canoeing pages:

Coach Awards

If you would like to continue your training, or would like to qualify initially at a higher level, British Canoeing Coach Awards are the next level qualification. Coach Awards are all craft specific.

If you would like to know more about training at Paxmead to become a paddlesport volunteer, please use the form below:

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