Registration Requirements

In order to become an Instructor, Coach, Leader or Raft Guide, you will need to register with your National Association Delivery Centre, using your membership portal, ahead of your training/assessment, once you meet the prerequisites.

Registration is the process by which you confirm your intention to study towards a particular qualification.

For Registration Costs, please see the ‘Regulated and Non-Regulated Course Fees’ document.

If you feel you already have the relevant skills to bypass the training, log into your membership record and apply for Accredited Prior Learning (APL). The APL service will consider other nationally recognised, professional awards and will recognise training and assessment schemes other than its own where they are identified as being of equal or higher standard. You will need to complete the short application form via your membership portal. 

Paddlesport Instructor Registration Requirements

Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor Registration

  • Full National Assoication membership;
  • Personal paddling and rescue competence;
  • 14 years of age, or older

Coach Award Registration Requirements

Coaches can register at any point on their journey to assessment. To register, learners will need to hold –

  • Full National Association Membership

In order to access the Coach Award training or assessment, candidates will need to meet following prerequisites –

Core Coach Training Prerequisites

  • Full National Association Membership

Discipline Specific Training Prerequisites

Coach Award Assessment Prerequisites

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

Once all prerequisites are in place, you will need to complete the free ‘Check In’ service via your membership portal.

Performance Coach Award Registration Requirements

If you are interested in the programme you need to contact your Delivery Centre to arrange an initial online meeting to check the Performance Coach programme is for you.

  • Relevant coaching qualification or APL. You will need to hold a discipline specific coaching qualification in the same discipline and environment that you wish to pursue. Minimum Paddle UK (UKCC) Level 2, or BCU Level 3. The following options are suitable:
    • The corresponding Coach Award;
    • The corresponding Moderate Water Endorsement or BCU Level 3 Coach;
    • The corresponding Advanced Water Endorsement or BCU Level 5 Coach
  • Full National Association membership;
  • In date First Aid training;
  • Safeguarding training (as required by your Delivery Centre).

Performance Coach Award Assessment Prerequisites

  • Attended at least one community of learning event;
  • Completed at least two online mentor sessions;
  • Engaged in at least two ‘touch points’ with a Coach Developer;
  • the required evidence from the pre-assessment mentor session, including;
    • a recording of the session and any supporting materials used;
    • a copy of the mentor report and recommendation;

Valid Delivery Centre Coach Update Status, including:

Once all prerequisites are in place, you will need to contact your Delivery Centre and complete the free ‘Check In’ service. Once the Check In process has been completed, you will work together with your Delivery Centre to set up your practical coaching assessment. Further details are available from your Delivery Centre.

Leadership and Raft Guide Registration Requirements

Prior to attending a Leadership or Raft Guide assessment, you need to register with your National Association Delivery Centre. The following evidence is required:

  • Raft Trip Leaders

Raft Trip Leader candidates require a British Canoeing Awarding Body Raft Guide Qualification.

  • Raft Trip Leader (Grade 3): Raft Guide (Grade 3) or Raft Guide (Grade 4)
  • Raft Trip Leader (Grade 4): Raft Guide (Grade 4)