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Training and Coaching Course information

 


 Water Safety

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training

This training course is intended for all paddlers, coaches and volunteers irrespective of craft or discipline choice, and is available in either bank-based or boat-based option.

It provides training on key skills needed to operate safely and deal with common emergencies in a sheltered water environment. These skills then form the foundations for safety and rescue throughout British Canoeing awards.

White Water Safety and Rescue Training

The White Water Safety and Rescue Training is designed for all paddlers operating in white water environment, either in a kayak or canoe.

It aims to teach simple and practical safety and rescue skills that can be applied appropriately to a moderate white water environment.

 

Moderate Water Leader

Paddlesport Leader Award

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 based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

White Water Kayak Leader

This course delivers the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required. 

Canoe Leader

This course delivers the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers or three tandem canoe crews, on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water.

4 Star Touring Leader

British Canoeing is removing the 4 Star Touring Leadership Award from the suite of qualifications; as it has a significant amount of cross-over/duplication with the new Paddlesport Leader Award. Candidates who have already undertaken their 4 Star Touring training have three years from the date of training to complete their assessment.


Advanced Water Leader

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader

This course demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience, up to and including advanced white water kayak.

It is the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers on advanced river journeys in white water kayaks.

Advanced Canoe Leader

This course demonstrates a candidate has entered the top level of performance, involving a high level of personal skill, leadership ability and judgement to lead groups of up to four solo paddlers or three tandem crews on advanced river journeys and on remote, exposed open waters in open canoe.

It is the appropriate test for paddlers who wish to lead groups of paddlers with a range of experience on advanced white water and advanced open water.


Raft Guide

INTERNATIONAL RAFTING FEDERATION (IRF)

Grade 1-3 Guide 

As the recognized body that oversees rafting activities worldwide, the IRF was selected to establish these standards.  A GTE committee was created and the advice and help of expert guides, instructors and industry leaders from around the world was solicited to determine what should be included in the standards and how the scheme should be administered and accredited.  The basic intentions of the scheme are to provide a means of recognising guides, trip leaders and instructors that meet or exceed internationally accepted standards. The certification awards have been designed to complement existing requirements, regulations and laws worldwide by giving a structure to their common elements.  Additionally, the scheme is intended to provide an internationally recognised structure for the professional development of river guides and instructors.

The IRF GTE Certification Award is recognized and accepted around the world as proof of whitewater guiding competency, and in some countries it has been adapted as a national standard and requirement.  The IRF is also recognized by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),  the two largest tourism bodies in the world, as the world body responsible for establishing and administering commercial raft guide standards.   In all cases, the IRF GTE Certification Award serves as an acceptable proof of guide or instructor knowledge and skills when a regional or nationally issued certification is not required. For guides who wish to travel and work on rivers outside of their own country, the IRF GTE Certification Award is often the only certification they will need. (Some countries may still require a guide to obtain a national or regionally issued certification as well.)