Personal Paddling Awards
The Paddlepower qualification has 5 different levels and is aimed at age group 16 and under. You can work your way through the different levels one after the other, or start at the level you or your coach feel suits you best. Either way, you get a certificate when you’ve finished the course.
- Start: This level can often be achieved after your first taste of canoeing.
- Passport: Moving on from Start, adding to your skills and knowledge, to give you a good base towards the next level. Equivalent to British Canoeing 1 Star.
- Discover: Developing your technique, skills and knowledge. Equivalent to British Canoeing 2 Star.
- Explore: Use your skills to take part in a variety of canoeing events and journeys.
- Excel: Recognising that you are a competent and experienced paddler.
Paddlesport Start is aimed at new paddlers over the age of 16, and is an encouragement award designed to provide a framework for a paddler’s first session.
British Canoeing 1 Star
The British Canoeing 1 Star Award is a sheltered water award which can be taken in any craft.
It is designed to recognise the level people would typically reach after an introductory course of six hours quality water time.
British Canoeing 2 Star
The 2 Star Award is an improvement award which supports the development of fundamental paddlesport skills on sheltered water.
It recognises a paddler’s understanding of how the paddle, boat and water interact and their ability to control movement of both canoes and kayaks using fundamental skills.
British Canoeing 3 Star Awards
Having achieved the 3 Star Award, paddlers can consider themselves as an able and improving paddler rather than a beginner. This is a discipline specific, with awards in Sea, Surf, Canoe, WW Kayak, FW Kayak and some of the competitive disciplines. A paddler at the three star level will be competent in sheltered to moderate water environments and have the ability to paddle unsupervised, with similar standard paddlers on sheltered water.
British Canoeing 4 Star Leader
This discipline specific test is designed to indicate that the candidate has the skill level to safely paddle and lead other competent paddlers on sections of moderate water. A four Star paddler will have the all round paddling ability, safety, rescue and basic leadership required to undertake trips on sheltered - moderate water with a group of paddlers who have the basic paddling skills required, but not necessarily the experience, to operate in a self-sufficient manner. The new award looks much the same structurally to the old 5 star, but the personal skills and leadership reflect an easier environment.
For full information on Star qualifications, Safety training and Navigation skills see British Canoeing's Skills Development pages
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 for the paddling group. For more information see the British Canoeing's PaddleSport Leader page
PaddleSport Activity Assistant
The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers.
The Paddlesport Activity Assistant (PAA) is an endorsement recognised by British Canoeing to support clubs, organisations and volunteers. Paddlesport Activity Assistants can facilitate activity at any time; within the lines of their organisations' Standard Operating Procedures.
The endorsement is targeted towards volunteers, aged 14 and over, within a paddlesport setting to support the menu of activities an organisation has on offer. The Paddlesport Activity Assistant can be for existing volunteers or new volunteers. There is no required previous experience and training and support will be provided through the mentoring from the Paddlesport Activity Assistant Coordinators. For more information see the British Canoeing's PaddleSport Activity Assistant page.
Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport
The Level 1 award is for those new to paddlesport coaching. The qualification is not discipline specific and suitable for coaches who wish to work with paddlers from any paddlesport disciplines. A Level 1 Coach can plan, deliver, and review short coaching sessions; normally with the support of a more qualified coach. They can work with paddlers at any stage of development; receiving specific training to coach paddlers in their first year of activity and to run taster sessions. To become a level one coach you need to have your two star and have done a foundation safety and rescue test (FSRT). The course is held over four days, normally two weekends. For more information see British Canoeing's Level 1 Coaching page
Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport
The Level 2 Coach is able to plan, deliver, and review a series of six progressive sessions safely and effectively. Like the Level 1, this non-discipline-specific award is relevant to coaches who wish to coach any paddlesport discipline. Level 2 Coaches will work with paddlers predominantly in their first 3 years of paddling activity. The Level 2 Coach is able to offer guidance and support to the Level 1 Coach. More information can be found here. For more information see British Canoeing's Level 2 Coaching page
Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport
Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport develops on the progressive coaching skills gained at Level 2 and trains the coach to plan, deliver, and review long term coaching programmes. The qualification is discipline specific and currently available in Open Canoe, White Water Kayak, Sea, Surf, Slalom, Sprint Racing and Marathon Racing. Candidates can also choose to undertake the qualification as either a bank-based or a boat-based coach. For more information see British Canoeing's Level 3 Coaching page
For more information about what the Club can offer, send us an enquiry from the Contact Form
- Paddlepower Passport Assessment Log
- Paddlepower Passport Assessment Log - tailored to the Pool environment
- BCU 1 Star Assessment Log
Various published guides to some different disciplines