Become a Paddlesport Instructor

Enjoyed being on the water over summer? Enamoured with Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing, sit on top kayaking etc? Make your passion part of your work and become a Paddlesport Instructor. Ready to take the plunge?

Coming up on 3 consecutive Fridays – by the end of these successful 3 days you will achieve the status of British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor.

Friday 30 September 2022 – Foundation Safety and Rescue Course – essential learning for all prior to undertaking Paddlesport Instructor.

Friday 7 October and Friday 14 October – Paddlesport Instructor Course

To book please follow this link

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running
paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs,
centres or other organisations in:
 ‘Very Sheltered Water’ environments;
 craft deemed suitable for a first time experience.
The primary role of the Paddlesport Instructor is to deliver safe and enjoyable
taster/starter sessions based on their group’s needs and aspirations. 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.
We anticipate that the qualification is likely to be used by instructors in clubs,
centres, schools, Duke of Edinburgh, Youth Groups, Uniformed Groups, etc.
Instructors who are involved in running taster/starter sessions for:
 children and young people as part of a wider educational experience;
 people as part of a leisure, activity, social or holiday experience;
 people wanting ‘to have a go’ at the sport; maybe as a potential new
regular participant.

Further information regarding this British Canoeing course on the Scottish Canoe Association website

Cycle Trainer Course

Cycle Trainer course from Cycling Scotland

This course is for you if you want to be able to deliver all three levels of Bikeability Scotland. As a Cycle Trainer you can develop, plan, prepare and deliver learning sessions to anyone that wants to learn to cycle.
You should be fully competent on a bicycle, and have experience of riding on busy roads.

This course is entirely free to any East Lothian staff and Volunteers and will be held at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base 0900 – 1630. Course dates are 13/14 Jan and 29/30 Jan 2015.

Cover costs will be paid for teaching staff that wish to undertake the course. Please contact Martyn to book –  0131 6535217

Bikeability Fan

For those that wish to deliver BikeabilityScotland but only levels 1 and 2 then the one day Cycle Training Assistant (CTA) course is for you. A CTA course can be delivered on a date and venue to suit you – all we ask is to ensure that minimum number requirements are fulfilled (5). Once again please get in touch with Martyn – 01316535217 for booking or other enquiries regarding BikeabilityScotland in East Lothian.

SUPer Summer

With a summer of SUP paddling now behind us it is time to reflect on the achievements of the county’s SUPer paddlers. Steve SUP Orchestrated by one of the authorities finest names in SUP coaching – Steven Nelson – a summer coaching series has resulted in the following awarded through the Academy of Surfing Instructors


  • One fully qualified Level 2 Exposed Waters Instructor
  • One fully qualified Level 1 Enclosed Water Instructor
  • Eight (8) Level 1 Enclosed Water Paddler Certification following a 10 week course.

DSCN2268 The 10 week course from June to October took place on Musselburgh Lagoons along with the fantastic sunshine that East Lothian often has to endure. For many of the paddlers it was their first experience of any watersport and their progression was a joy to behold. Many are now looking to continue their SUP journey by progressing onto Level 2 and attempting to set up a weekly SUP club. Some thoughts from the paddlers:

“…amazed at how quickly – with the help of Rab – I was able to be up and paddling,”
“…looking forward to continuing with this sport and would be delighted to be able to go further and become an SUP instructor myself”
“…originally thought that this activity would just be for me – but now looking into how to embed SUP into my work with young people within the council”

The two coaches who assisted Steve were gaining their requisite hours within an approved SUP school. The knowledge that was shared by the three coaches gave all participants a chance to experience a range of coaching styles and teaching techniques.

P1030779In some beautiful October sunshine all the paddlers took their skills and used them in a guided circumnavigation of the island of Fidra off the beautiful East Lothian coastline.

For information on next summer’s SUP courses – please get in touch with Martyn at Outdoor Learning –



Can you and your School spend money?

Like to do more CLPL but teaching cover costs an issue?

Need an excuse to get more active?

Would you relish the oportunity to embed active outdoor learning into your yearly plan?

then read on and help us spend grant funding from Cycling Scotland

  • One day Cycle Trainer Assistant Courses (Cycling Scotland recognised course to deliver BikeabilityScotland Levels 1 and 2. This is the minimum course that anyone across the authority should hold to deliver BikeabilityScotland). FREE
  • One full day course – scheduled dates below or can run a bespoke course at your school (minimum particpant number 5 – maximum 12). FREE
  • All cover costs paid for for any school staff -no maximum limit. Want the whole staff to do the course and you can find that number of supply staff the Cycling Scotland funding will cover the supply costs.
  • Volunteers/parent helpers/other interested adults all welcome on these courses. FREE
  • Booking – get in touch direct with Martyn –
  • If you would like to do the Cycle Trainer course (4 days) to enable you to deliver all levels of BikeabilityScotland and mentor others then we can organise this for you – again FREE and COVER costs covered.


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Bikeability Training

More Cycle Training Assistant courses available through your Outdoor Learning Service.CTA course brochure

For more information on CTA and other Cycling Scotland courses please click on the image above

These courses are FREE to all staff and volunteers working within East Lothian for schools and community groups. This is made possible through funding from Cycling Scotland. Funding is also available to fund cover costs for staff from schools in order for them to be able to come away from their workplace.

Next programmed course is Friday 5th September at Musselburgh Outdoor Learning Base.

To book please complete a booking form available here.

Any questions or queries then please get in touch with Martyn ( or 01316535217)