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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor (previously Level 1 Coach) – Course Details



Date and Time

23rd-24th June and 07th-08th July 2018


Duration: 4 days

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 17:30



The course will be based at Taplow Lake but may also use the Jubilee River which is a few minutes’ walk from the lake. There is parking at the lake or Taplow railway station is 15 min’s walk away (3/4 mile)



  • Be a minimum of 16 years old.
  • Membership and registration with British Canoeing 
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training - candidates must have previously completed this one-day course.
  • British Canoeing 2 Star or Paddlepower Discover - those wishing to qualify as boat-based instructors are required to hold one of these awards.

Candidate Registration

All candidates are required to register for the award with British Canoeing (or national association if appropriate).  Please note registration is separate to British Canoeing membership.


The Coach Registration (CR) form and details of the registration process and fees can be found at or national association websites. Please allow at least two weeks for your registration to be processed and a stamped copy of your CR Form to be returned to you together with the candidate pack.


Course Paperwork

Please ensure you bring with you to the first day of the course the following:

  • Your stamped CR Form and Candidate Pack (see above)
  • Your Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT) course attendance certificate*
  • For candidates seeking to qualify as boat-based coaches, a British Canoeing 2 Star or Paddlepower Discover certificate *
  • Your completed Individual Information Form

*Please bring the originals of all certificates, not copies. Candidates completing 2 Star or FSRT with Engage Watersports immediately prior to the course will not be expected to bring certificates.

Please note that you will be required to demonstrate personal competence in (for boat-based coaches) and ability to coach (for boat and bank-based coaches) all of the skills covered by the 2 Star syllabus for both canoe and kayak in order successfully to complete the course.

Course Programme

The Paddlesport Instructor course comprises tuition, coaching practice, homework and assessment tasks over four days. The course runs from 09:00-17:30 each day. Please help yourself and your fellow candidates by arriving promptly for each session. Please aim to be at Engage Watersports at 08:45 on the first day. A detailed course programme will be provided on Day 1 of the course.


Personal Clothing and Equipment

Please bring personal clothing and equipment suitable for going afloat or working from the bank appropriate to the weather conditions forecast for each day of the course. This should include water/wind proof outerwear and a hat. Please also bring personal paddling/coaching equipment, including a buoyancy aid if you have this.

If you wish to bring your own boat and paddle(s) great, but this is not absolutely necessary as we will be using a variety of craft from the Engage Watersports fleet during the course. Engage Watersports can also provide spare clothing/equipment for those that may require it i.e. wetsuits, buoyancy aids and windproof tops but please let us know in advance if you do require any item.


Other Facilities

At the lake there are both male and female changing rooms which have a single hot shower within each. Please note we have a reasonably priced café on site that provides hot and cold food and refreshments, if you prefer to bring a packed lunch then that’s fine but we would ask that this is consumed away from the café area if it is busy. A water bottle/hydration system to take afloat/use at the bank side is recommended.


Course Fee

Paddlesports Instructor - £269


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23rd/24th June and 07/08th July

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Course Director - Andy Maxted

Your course director will be Andy Maxted, a British Canoeing Licenced Course Provider and all round paddlesport enthusiast. Andy brings over 40 years’ experience of canoeing and kayaking having raced in slalom, wild water and marathon, led and participated in expeditions, white water paddling and creeking across the UK and Europe.