Guide Modules

Guide Endorsement. A group explore the coastline of a local landmark.

The Guide Modules are aimed at anyone wanting to gain knowledge and develop in the specific areas of interest and cover a range of topics.

Guide Module Overview

Minimum Age

Modules are open to all.


No prerequisites.

Course Length

One day.


Optional free Leadership eLearning

Course Documents

To view the associated documents, please click here.

Find a Module

Visit your Delivery Centre website to find a course near you.

Camp Craft and Expedition Skills

This module will develop your camp craft and expedition knowledge and experience and support you to guide in your chosen environment. The module will explore expeditions from day trips to multi day trips, in the UK and overseas journeys. Throughout the module, you will be provided with top tips and a valuable insights to making the most out of journeying with your chosen craft.

Environment and Sustainability

This module develops your understanding of the thriving natural environment, which we as paddlers, have a responsibility to protect and ensure we have minimal impact. The module will explore potential threats and impact and how to minimise them, as well as protected sites and associated legislation/codes and aquatic invasive non-native species.


This module explores the British Canoeing Awarding Body model of leadership, broadening your knowledge of leadership, getting you to consider your style, how it may impact on your group and whether it is always the best strategy.

Customer Experience

This module will expand your knowledge and experience in customer experience and put you at the forefront of trips and journeys. You will look at the qualities of a good leader as well as how to match your client’s expectations with the trip outcomes. Throughout the module, you will be provided with top tips and a valuable insights to ensure your customers have a great experience.

Trip Planning and Organisation

Decision making for trip planning and organisation starts potentially months ahead of getting on the water. This module will explore the many factors in play when planning a trip, including the intangible and unchangeable factors like hazards, as well as the factors that are within your control to change or influence, such as the selection of the team of paddlers.

To find a course in your area, visit your Delivery Centre website by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page.

Guide Endorsement

The modules are part of the Guide Scheme which includes the Guide Endorsement. The Guide Endorsement is aimed at British Canoeing Awarding Body Leaders to support and recognise the additional skills required when fulfilling a guiding role, particularly those working within Adventure Tourism and Commercial Markets. Find out more.

Course Documents

To view the associated documents, please click here.

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Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course

This course was launched on the 4th January and aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and be able to deal with common problems in a sheltered water environment.

The course content focuses on rescuing from the paddlers specific craft and covers equipment, safety frameworks, as well as a range of rescues such as contact and towing rescues, self-rescues and deep water rescues.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

This course was launched on the 4th January and aims to support Instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments.

The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed and ready’ to deliver safe and enjoyable sessions for people new to paddleboarding, within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations.

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Inclusive Language eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 11th January and will cover the importance of using inclusive language and the impact it can have on those around you.

This module provides an understanding of key terms, definitions and examples of inclusive language; supports learners on how to identify and tackle inappropriate or exclusive language such as banter and microaggressions; and how to challenge it when it happens.

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International Webinars

We have held several International webinars throughout the year the first being Paddling in France which was on 15th February 2023, this was then followed by the United States of America on 15th March 2023 we then had Nepal, Norway and the latest one Austria which was on 21st June 2023. 

If any resources were used in the webinar you can now find them on the BCAB Digital Library along with the recording of the webinars. Unfortunately Paddling in Norway wasn\’t recorded so that wont be on the Digital Library.


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Manual Handling eLearning

This eLearning was launched on the 31st January and will cover different types of manual handling, how we can consider and manage risk and shows the steps we can take when manual handling to better protect our bodies. 

Throughout paddlesport, there are many occasions when we are lifting, carrying and moving craft, as well as performing rescues.  It’s essential we reflect on current practice and consider whether we are putting ourselves and others in potential danger of damaging joints and muscles, particularly when moving or lifting equipment or people.

Find out more!