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Engage Watersports Ltd

Taplow Lake, Taplow



01628 671131

British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor – Course Details


Date and Time

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th May

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July

Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th July

Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th August

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th October


Duration: 2 days

Start time: 09:00

Finish time: 18:00


The British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor award is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in very sheltered water environments and in craft suitable for a first-time experience.


The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, and inspire adventure and exploration.


Paddlesport Instructors are trained to work from their choice of kayak, open canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard and look after others in a range of stable craft (kayak, open canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard) as both single discipline and mixed fleets.




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 14 years old.
  • Membership and registration with British Canoeing 
  • British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training - candidates must have previously completed this one-day course.
  • Personal paddling and rescue competence (the British Canoeing Paddlesports Instructor Course Guide available to download from the British Canoeing Awarding Body Website includes a checklist of the skills required).

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. Please use the following link from British Canoeing website -


Course Paperwork

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

  • Evidence of registration with British Canoeing (see above)
  • Your Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT) course attendance certificate*
  • Your completed Individual Information Form

Course Programme

The Paddlesport Instructor course comprises tuition, coaching practice, homework and assessment tasks over two days. The course runs from 09:00-18:00 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. 


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

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 - £199


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Course Tutor - Chris Beal

Your course instructor will be Chris Beal. Chris is Activities Director for Engage Watersports and has been involved in the outdoor / watersports sector for over 12 years. Chris has coached throughout Europe and has experience in teaching a wide range of sports including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, powerboating and Stand-up- Paddleboarding.