Paddlesport Instructor

Expand your learning environment. Become qualified to take the young people you work with on the water this summer and beyond.

Friday 3 May and Friday 17 May – both dates must be attended. FREE – Only registration costs (to governing body – £45) and full membership of Scottish Canoe Association, SCA (£38)  need to be paid by ELC employees and volunteers.
Commercial costs of £200+, not including membership and registration fees
Not an ELC employee or volunteer? Please call for external costs.

As a member of ELC staff or a volunteer within East Lothian you have the opportunity to become qualified and ready to take to the water with a group utilising the council’s fleet of paddlesport craft (kayaks, Canoes, SUP’s) at Musselburgh Lagoons.


The NEW Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration.  This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.  

More details regarding the course can be found at the British Canoeing website

Success with this qualification will mean that you can use a range of stable paddlesport craft within very sheltered water environments. In East Lothian these are Musselburgh Lagoons and River Tyne, Haddington (extra 1:1 training and sign off required for river)

Registration for the Paddlesport Instructor is open to persons aged 14 and above. All candidates registering for the Paddlesport Instructor course will need to be a full member of the Scottish Canoe Association (£38 for adults)

All candidates are required to have completed:

  • Foundation Safety and Rescue Training prior to attending this training course.
    This FSRT course is offered FREE (excluding certification costs of  £5) to all ELC employees and volunteers and is scheduled to happen on Friday 26th April 2019

To be able to get the most out of your course, we would recommend that you can paddle to the standard of one of the following Personal Performance Awards: Touring Award, Canoe Award, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Sea Kayak Award, White Water Award, Surf Kayak Award, Racing Explore Award, Flat Water Freestyle Award, Polo Explore Award, Slalom Explore Award or the Wild Water Explore Award. 

Once weather is suitable (water rather than ice!) there will be open afternoons every Friday at Musselburgh Lagoons in order to hone your paddling skills. Please get in touch with Martyn – to book

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