British Canoeing White Water Kayak Coach Training

Provides you with the skills needed to lead others on advanced white water safely. The course will help you to develop the leadership skills and safety and rescue techniques required to lead groups on grade 3 (4) whilst also progressing your personal paddling.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio1:6


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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During these two days, we’ll develop the skills required to lead others in a grade 3/4 environment. We’ll ensure you leave the course with a clear picture of the assessment standard, what an assessment looks like and a clear action plan towards your assessment.

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 this award. This course brings you one step closer to becoming an Advanced White Water Canoe Leader and equips you with effective leadership techniques and boat control in real white water situations.


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


This two-day training course will challenge your skills on Grade 3/4 white water with guidance from our experts. To make the most of this experience, ensure that you are physically fit for two demanding days on white water. Regular white water 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 advanced white water environments.

Experience Required

A current and varied skillset on grade 3 to 4 rivers will help you take on all the leadership information covered in this two-day training. You should also have attended the British Canoeing White-Water Safety and Rescue course prior to the assessment. From the 1st April 2024 the pre requisite qualification will change to the Advanced White Water Safety Training.

How To Prepare

You’ll need to be on top of your game for this training course. Make sure that you’re fit enough for two challenging days on challenging white water. You should also have paddled regularly before attending. Familiarise yourself with the British Canoeing course content here:

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