British Canoeing Paddlesport Touring Leader Training

Run safe and enjoyable journeys on moderate inland water, for a range of mixed craft. Lead trips and journeys on open water with winds up to force 4 and on slow moving rivers up to and including grade 1, and which may include the occasional short rapid of grade 2. Open to all paddlers!

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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This two-day course is created to develop the skills required to lead on moderate inland water. We’ll develop your personal paddling skills, rescue skills and leadership skills and you’ll come away with a clear understanding of what and assessment looks like and your journey to getting there.


You’ll develop the leadership skills needed to look after others in both single discipline and mixed fleets, for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit on tops, general purpose kayaks, stand up paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft. You’ll also learn how to apply your leadership skills to groups undertaking journeys for different purposes ranging from school or outdoor education activity to commercial paddlesport guiding. This course will equip you with the knowledge to go out and build the experience you need to prepare for the Paddlesport Touring Leader Assessment.

What to Expect

You’ll spend most of the time on the water taking a practical look at the effective leadership of a mixed fleet of craft including canoes , kayaks and SUPs. You’ll have one day on a lake and the other on a slow moving river with a short simple section of grade 2. We’ll give you plenty of opportunity to try out your skills in a real world setting

Experience Required

There are no formal prerequisites for the training course however you’ll need to be able to independently paddle your craft on independently paddle on open water, rivers up to and including short stretches of Grade 2. Holding a progressive personal performance award would be a good platform to get the most from this course.

How should I prepare?

Ensure your confident manoeuvring your craft on moderate inland water.

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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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