Training and Coaching

What Adventure Beyond offers

Adventure Beyond is actively involved in industry training and we coach to the National Governing Body level. We are able to organise and deliver internationally recognised training and assessment courses. Adventure Beyond provides training and safety courses for all levels:

We provide Schools Water Safety in the local area, from primary to secondary. This course helps with vital safety information and practical skills to keep young people safe near water.

Adventure Beyond can run training and assessment for the following British Canoeing (and home nation associations): Paddle sport safety and rescue course, White Water Safety and Rescue, Paddlesport Leader Award, British Canoeing Core Coach awards, British Canoeing leadership courses (training and assessments) and International Raft Guide Federation Grades 1 to 4.

We also provide validation courses for Coasteering to equip instructors with the relevant safety and rescue skills to take groups out in different sea conditions.

We are on hand to provide comprehensive technical advice and in-house training for schools, workplaces and other outdoor activities providers.

We are an Approved Activity Provider in the training and assessments for the Duke of Edinburgh and National Navigation award schemes.

If you would like further information please contact us.

We will be adding course dates during the season for different awards. In the meantime if there is any training you would wish to undertake please get in contact and we will be more than happy to facilitate.

We are going to be running instructor training courses, so if you would like to work in the industry and would like to get training and awards in a single activity or multi activity - do get in touch.

This is the fun part - if you love the outdoors, this is all about having fun. The best way to learn about activities is by doing them.

During the courses we will be doing lots of practical activities, developing skills and gaining experience. Because we are a functioning centre we are able to offer you experience with groups when you are ready to continue your development.

"Working with clients" is very different from being out with friends, so we will look at this side and help you develop your Instructor skills.

This can be tailored according to skill levels - from the total beginner to the more advanced individual looking at improving their own skills.

Our aim is to build your skills to a high level in a personal and friendly manner.

With this being quite specific to yourself, it would be better to contact us so we can go through your requirements to tailor the coaching to best suit you.

If you are a group of friends, a school, a scout group or any other collection of individuals who love the outdoors and would like to develop your passion to a higher level by gaining some coaching, do let us know your requirements so we can better cater for your needs.

Water Safety

Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course

"Previously, 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.


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 White water / open water 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.

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 white water / open water 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.

Britich canoeing website

For all the above courses, please visit British canoeing's website to look though the course informtion prior.

Raft Guide


Grade 1-3 Guide

As the recognised 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 recognised 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 recognised by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (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).


Training and Coaching Course dates

Please contact us for other course dates


White water kayak leader

4th October

£200 pp

White water award

15th March

5th October

£100 pp

White water kayak coach moderate water training

7th - 8th October

£200 pp

White water kayak coach moderate water assessment

16th March

£250 pp


Sea kayak coach assessment

9th May

£250 pp

Sea kayak coach training

24th - 25th April

4th - 5th September

£200 pp

Sea kayak award

7th March

20th May

£100 pp

Sea kayak leader assessment

(Date TBC)

(Price TBC)


White water canoe coach training

10th - 11th May

5th - 6th October

£200 pp

White water canoe coach assessment

(Date TBC)

£250 pp

Canoe / kayak coach training

16th - 17th May

£200 pp

Canoe / kayak coach assessment

11th September

£250 pp

Open water canoe moderate water coach training

11th - 12th May

£250 pp

Sheltered water coach assessment

12th June

£250 pp

Canoe award

6th March

£100 pp

Progressive canoe award

2nd October

£100 pp

Canoe leader training

21st October

£200 pp

Canoe leader white water

3rd February

29th October

£250 pp

Canoe leader open water training

15th May

£200 pp

Canoe leader open water Assessment

6th November

£250 pp

Sheltered water canoe coach training

22nd - 23rd March

£200 pp


WWSR (White water safety rescue)

23rd - 24th October

£200 pp

Coaching and leadership

Paddle sport leader

19th - 20th April

£200 pp

Core coach training

4th - 5th March

£200 pp

Coasteering NCC


6th - 7th April

£200 pp


23rd May

6th June

£250 pp


Dates TBC during feb and March water dependant

Whitewater Guide Cat A - Level 2 Certified to operate as Whitewater Guide (Category A) on rapids up to Class 2 £200 pp

Whitewater Guide Cat A - Level 3 Certified to operate as Whitewater Guide (Category A) on rapids up to Class 3 £200 pp

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