New Leadership and Raft Guide Awards

NEW for 2021, the Leadership and Raft Guide Awards aim to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders and raft guides.

The new awards suite aligns to the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy and supports leaders and raft guides to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips, based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

The awards are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers looking to lead groups on single or mixed craft journeys, from sheltered water to advanced water.

Key features of the new awards suite include –

  • Direct access to the environment you want to lead
  • No formal Paddle UK Leadership training requirements
  • Direct entry to assessments available
  • Single day assessments, allowing more agility, reducing time and expenditure
  • NEW eLearning package to support those leading in an unfamiliar environment
  • Downloadable logbook to support the recording of activity
  • Digital self-analysis tool to support leaders in their development and preparation for assessment

Key changes to the disciplines –

  • NEW disciplines: Paddlesport Touring Leader, SUP Inland Open Water Leader, SUP Coastal Leader and Stadium White Water Leader
  • Canoe Leadership to be split into Open Water and White Water
  • Sea Leadership to have tidal and non-tidal assessment pathways

Paddle UK is delighted and very proud to launch the NEW Leadership qualification suite, being part of the wider 4 year review of all Coaching and Leadership awards.  This project has included 3 years of feedback from candidates, Providers, National Associations, Technical Groups and wider consultation…  Although much of the content has remained the same, the ethos and accessibility has changed significantly, providing direct access opportunities, single day assessments and no mandatory training, which could reduce both time and expense as well as recognising and celebrating individual experience. Such shift and alignment with our Educational Philosophy supports an individualised journey.

Lee Pooley, Head of Coaching and Qualifications at Paddle UK

General Documents

  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Course Guide (888.6 KiB, 5,682 hits)

  Participant Focused Leadership Guidance (523.9 KiB, 4,088 hits)

  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Sample Programme (927.0 KiB, 5,665 hits)

  Leadership and Raft Guide Award Tutor Notes (774.1 KiB, 3,822 hits)

Paddlesport Leader Documents

  Paddlesport Leader Assessment Guidance (684.5 KiB, 9,730 hits)

  Paddlesport Leader Checklist (260.7 KiB, 7,763 hits)

Paddlesport Touring Leader Documents

  Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment Guidance (625.7 KiB, 6,695 hits)

  Paddlesport Touring Leader Checklist (263.5 KiB, 4,119 hits)

Stadium White Water Leader Documents

  Stadium White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (653.6 KiB, 1,744 hits)

  Stadium White Water Leader Checklist (259.8 KiB, 1,363 hits)

SUP Coastal Leader Documents

  SUP Coastal Leader Assessment Guidance (550.0 KiB, 2,976 hits)

  SUP Coastal Leader Checklist (261.3 KiB, 1,879 hits)

SUP Inland Open Water Leader Documents

  SUP Inland Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (508.1 KiB, 3,291 hits)

  SUP Inland Open Water Leader Checklist (261.8 KiB, 1,942 hits)

Canoe Open Water Leader Documents

  Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (691.6 KiB, 3,847 hits)

  Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist (261.3 KiB, 2,541 hits)

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Documents

  Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Assessment Guidance (595.4 KiB, 2,386 hits)

  Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Checklist (261.7 KiB, 1,461 hits)

Canoe White Water Leader Documents

  Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (1.2 MiB, 2,717 hits)

  Canoe White Water Leader Checklist (260.7 KiB, 1,957 hits)

Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Documents

  Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (1,009.0 KiB, 1,715 hits)

  Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Checklist (261.3 KiB, 1,121 hits)

Sea Kayak Leader Documents

  Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (546.0 KiB, 7,694 hits)

  Sea Kayak Leader Checklist (260.2 KiB, 4,011 hits)

Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Documents

  Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (601.9 KiB, 2,694 hits)

  Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Checklist (261.5 KiB, 1,988 hits)

Surf Kayak Leader Documents

  Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (459.6 KiB, 1,746 hits)

  Surf Kayak Leader Checklist (262.5 KiB, 1,112 hits)

Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Documents

  Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Assessment Guidance (466.5 KiB, 1,192 hits)

  Advanced Surf Kayak Leader Checklist (263.5 KiB, 1,033 hits)

White Water Leader Documents

  White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (697.5 KiB, 3,682 hits)

  White Water Leader Checklist (258.9 KiB, 2,772 hits)

Advanced White Water Leader Documents

  Advanced White Water Leader Assessment Guidance (775.2 KiB, 2,080 hits)

  Advanced White Water Leader Checklist (259.8 KiB, 1,481 hits)

Stadium Raft Guide Documents

  Stadium Raft Guide Assessment Guidance (590.6 KiB, 1,048 hits)

  Stadium Raft Guide Checklist (261.0 KiB, 831 hits)

Raft Guide Documents

  Raft Guide Assessment Guidance (1,023.5 KiB, 1,574 hits)

  Raft Guide Checklist (262.6 KiB, 1,085 hits)

Raft Trip Leader Documents

  Raft Trip Leader Assessment Guidance (892.6 KiB, 1,230 hits)

  Raft Trip Leader Checklist (263.3 KiB, 833 hits)