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 Canoe Union (and Home Nation Associations): Foundation Safety and Rescue Training, White Water Safety and Rescue, Paddle Sport Leader Award, International Raft Guide Federation Grades 1 to 4, 1* to 4* Canoe, 1* to 4* Kayak

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 person looking at improving their own skill. Our aim is to build your skill 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 people 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.

Training and Coaching Course information

Training and Coaching Course dates

Leadership Courses

17-18 November Kayak leader training

2-3 October Canoe leader training

26-27 January Canoe leader training

29-30 March paddle sports leader award

15-16 December White water kayak leader assessment

19-20 January Canoe leader assessment

British Canoeing Core Coach Award

19-20 October Core coach training

9-10 February Core coach training

Core coach discipline specific

17-18 October Moderate water Kayak coach training

30 November - 1 December Open water Canoe coach training

22-23 November Moderate water Canoe coach training

6-7 March Moderate water Sea coach training

Safety and rescue Courses

3-4 November White water safety and rescue training

23-24 February White water safety and rescue training

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


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.)

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