Intro to Paddlesport

Paddlesport Personal Performance Awards (British Canoeing -BC)

BC Foundation Safety & Rescue Test (FSRT)

BC Paddlesport Instructor Training & Assessment

BC Paddlesport Leader Award Training

BC Paddlesport Leader Award Assessment

BC Paddlesport Coach Sheltered Water Training

BC Paddlesport Coach Sheltered Water Assessment

Introduction to  Paddlesport

Course Overview
A beginners course to taking your first paddle strokes in a kayak/canoe/Stand up Paddleboard/Sit-on-Top. The course will teach the FUNdamentals of paddlesport through a fun active introduction to a variety of craft. It will take place on very sheltered water at Musselburgh Lagoons.
Please arrive dressed comfortably for activity. All specialist equipment will be provided.

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Paddlesport Performance Awards

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.

For further information on the awards please click here

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Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

Course Overview
This course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately across a variety of paddlesport craft including kayaks and canoes.  These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training.
The course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.
This course is a pre-requisite for all British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor/Coach/Leader Awards

Course notes and equipment list
British Canoeing FSRT

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British Canoe Paddlesport Leader Training/ Assessment

Course Overview
The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.
This is a 2 day training course
Assessment is one day plus the previous evening and is run on a 1 to 1 basis.

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British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

Course Overview

NEW Paddlesport Instructor
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.

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.

The qualification will cover a range of stable craft including kayak (this can be open-cockpit or closed-cockpit), open canoe, sit on top and stand up paddleboard. Candidates will be certificated in one craft but able to instruct a mixed fleet.

Please click to view the Course Documents on the Scottish Canoe Association website.

Candidates wishing to book on to a Paddlesport Instructor course must register with their respective National Association.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the training course.

Registration is the start of the process by which an instructor’s qualification journey is records and gives the instructor access to the training resources. Registration is different to booking a place on a course, which is done directly with the course provider.

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 their respective National Association.

All candidates are required to have completed:

In some cases these may be included within the training course programme, so if in doubt please contact your course provider.

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. 

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British Canoeing Sheltered Water Coach Training/Assessment

The Coach Award offers discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and introduces the skills and coaching behaviours required for developing performance through progressive coaching.

The Coach Awards are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment. The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.

There are 22 options available covering all of our main disciplines and environments.

At East Lothian we are pleased to offer the first 3 in the list (Sheltered Water)

Please view course documents and prerequisites/registration details on the BC Awarding Body Website

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