British Canoeing Open Water and White Water Canoe Leader Training Enhanced Package

Join our five-day Canoe Leader Training week, here to provide you with the skills needed to safely lead others in canoes on moderate water.
The course will help you to develop the leadership skills and safety and rescue techniques required to lead groups on grade 2 (3) and on open water in winds up to force 4, whilst also progressing your personal paddling.

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5 Days

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5 Days

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During the five days, we’ll develop the skills required to lead others in moderate conditions defined as grade 2/3 white water and large sections of open water where the paddlers are up to 500m from the shore and in winds up to force 4. We’ll ensure you leave the course with a clear picture of the assessment standards, what the assessments look like and a clear action plan towards your assessments.
By the end of this training, you’ll be a more confident leader, possessing the necessary personal paddling, rescue, safety, leadership, and group skills required for the awards. This course brings you one step closer to becoming a Canoe White Water Leader and an Open Water Canoe Leader and equips you with effective leadership techniques and boat control in the moderate water environments.


The primary objective of this training is to enhance your leadership abilities and prepare you for the White Water Canoe Leader and Open Water Canoe Leader assessments. You will gain the confidence to lead in moderate white water and open water conditions while acquiring the skills necessary for effective personal paddling, rescue, and group management.

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This five-day training course will challenge your skills on Grade 2/3 white water and on open water in winds reaching force 4 with guidance from our experts. To make the most of this experience, ensure that you are physically fit for a demanding week in moderate conditions. Regular canoeing experience is essential before attending this training, as it will help you build on your existing skills and get the most value from the course. Expect a hands-on, immersive experience that will improve your leadership and canoeing abilities in moderate water environments.

Experience Required

A current and varied skillset in moderate conditions will help you take on all the leadership information covered in this five-day training.

How Should I Prepare?

You’ll need to be on top of your game for this training course. Make sure that you’re fit enough for five challenging days on the water. You should also have paddled regularly before attending.

Familiarise yourself with the British Canoeing course content (white water leader)here

Familiarise yourself with the British Canoeing course content (open water leader) here


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Note: Our instructors will assess any safety equipment you bring with you. If they consider it to be below the required standard, you will be asked to use equipment provided free of charge by Plas y Brenin.

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