New Personal Performance Awards

Personal Performance Awards

In January 2019, British Canoeing Awarding Body launched the new Personal Performance Awards. They replace the existing Star Awards.

After extensive independent research and wider consultation with the paddling community, British Canoeing Awarding Body and volunteers have created a framework of awards. This framework represents and supports the diverse paddling community.

The new Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.

The process of completing the awards is based on learning. The ethos of ‘supporting the paddler’ is the main focus of all the awards, encouraging individuals in their personal development.

Lee Pooley, British Canoeing Awarding Body Responsible Officer, says:

“British Canoeing Awarding Body is delighted to announce the new Personal Performance Awards. They replaced the existing ‘Star Awards’ from January 2019.

“The development of the new awards has been an exciting project with many paddlers involved in creating Personal Performance Awards for paddlers, as well as people new to paddlesport.”

Provider eLearning

The Personal Performance Awards Provider eLearning is designed to support Providers with the delivery of the British Canoeing Personal Performance Awards. The activities will give a range of information about how Providers can support paddlers and all the information they need to know about the Personal Performance Awards.

The eLearning costs £15, will take approximately an hour to complete and you will also receive the following upon completion:

  • 10 CPD Points
  • Assessor Training
  • Provider Pack

The provider eLearning can be accessed in the eLearning Store by clicking here.

Below you will find supporting resources for the New Personal Performance Awards. Further details of the content of the awards will be available from Autumn 2018.

  Personal Performance Awards Provider Requirements (771.6 KiB, 16,415 hits)

  Personal Performance Awards FAQs (794.6 KiB, 11,421 hits)

  Personal Performance Awards Details (532.9 KiB, 14,948 hits)

  Personal Performance Awards Final Recommendation Guidance (656.8 KiB, 10,365 hits)

  Personal Performance Awards Provider Recommendation (619.3 KiB, 7,823 hits)

  Personal Performance Awards Delivering the Awards (576.7 KiB, 9,476 hits)

Individual Award Details

Click or tap to expand the award of interest and download the relevant course content. For documents without watermark images please click here:

Download the award content for the Paddle Awards. Start. Discover. Explore

Download the award content for the Canoeing Awards. Canoe Award. Progressive Canoe Award. Advanced Canoe Award

Download the award content for the Freestyle Awards. Flat Water Freestyle Award. Freestyle Award. Advanced Freestyle Award

Download the award content for the Polo Awards. Polo Explore Award. Polo Perform Award. Polo Excel Award

Download the award content for the Racing Awards. Racing Explore Award. Racing Perform Award. Racing Excel Award

Download the award content for the Rafting Awards. Flat Water Raft Racing Award. Stadium Raft Racing Award. River Raft Racing Award

Download the award content for the Sea Awards. Sea Kayak Award. Coastal Sea Kayak Award. Advanced Sea Kayak Award

Download the award content for the Slalom Awards. Slalom Explore Award. Slalom Perform Award. Slalom Excel Award

Download the award content for the SUP Awards. SUP Sheltered Water Award. SUP White Water Award. SUP Paddle Surf Award

Download the award content for the Surf Awards. Surf Kayak Award. Progressive Surf Kayak Award. Advanced Surf Kayak Award

Download the award content for the Touring Awards. Touring Award. Open Water Touring Award. Multi Day Touring Award

Download the award content for the White Water Awards. White Water Award. Progressive White Water Award. Advanced White Water Award

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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.

Find out more about this course!


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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.

Find out more about this course!


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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.

Find out more!


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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!