Canoeing and kayaking training

Take to the water and teach girls to canoe or kayak

Learn to run canoeing or kayaking sessions with your girls

Canoeing and kayaking are exciting ways for girls to challenge themselves and have fun on the water. And through British Canoing (BCU) courses, you can instruct and supervise Girlguiding members yourself! 

The British Canoeing Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport 

Complete a British Canoeing Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport (UKCC) level 1 or 2 - level 1 will qualify you to coach as an assistant and level 2 will qualify you to lead coaching.

The certificate covers how to coach - things like planning activities, evaluation and safety - as well as what to coach, such as basic paddlesport skills, lifting and carrying, launching and landing, and preventing a capsize.

Find out more about these courses on the British Canoeing website, which also lists training providers.

Canoeing and kayaking in your area

You can get more information about canoeing and kayaking in your area from:

If you gain a BCU qualification from any of these governing bodies, it will be valid across the UK.

How much does it cost?

There will be some costs, including the cost of the training session. Speak to your Outdoor Activities Adviser as grants or funds may be available.

Do a British Canoeing star award course at a Girlguiding Activity Centre

Want to improve your paddling skills before doing your coaching certificate? British Canoeing star award courses are run at Girlguiding's Activity Centres. Check the Adventure Made Easy catalogue to find out more.