Do you want to be able to lead groups of paddlers on enjoyable and inspiring journeys? Want to be confident that you can make good decisions and look after the safety and wellbeing of those you are with? Then the british Canoeing Leadership Awards might be the thing for you!

The awards are designed to that you can choose your own development path as you work towards assesment. You can go straight to the award that you are interested in (e.g. you can go for advanced open water canoe leader, without first having to do the moderate water award, as long as you have the necessary skills and experience to do so). You can also go straight to assessment without needing to do an official training course (although you may decide that this is the best way for you to prepare for the award).

The whole scheme is designed to be flexible and centred on you, and at Flying Gecko we will make sure that wherever you are on your leadership journey, we'll do our absolute best to support you; before, during and long after you have completed your course(s) with us. If you would like some help and guidance navigating your way around the options, do just get in touch, I'm always really happy to chat about paddling and leading!

Open Water Canoeing

We currently offer the following Leadership Awards: 
Paddlesport Leader
Paddlesport Touring Leader
SUP - Open Water (coming soon)
Canoe - White Water
Canoe - Open Water
Canoe - Advanced White Water (coming soon)
Canoe - Advanced Open Water (coming soon)

Training Courses
As training courses are not compulsory for these awards, you can choose the best pathway for you. To help with this, I can run a bespoke course for you and/or your group, planned entirely to suit your needs. We can concentrate on the areas you need to develop, over whatever time period you feel is suitable. Pricing and more details for bespoke development are available here.

Alternativley, you could chose to do the full 2 day British Canoeing training course. All my open courses are £200 per person for a 2 day course, or £360 for the 4 day joint ww/ow canoe courses.

With the freedom to decide how to progress towards your assessment, comes a degree of uncertainty, and so if you would like to have a chat about where you are now, where you want to be, and what your best way to achieve it might be, then do get in touch and we can have a chat. British Canoeing also has a self-analysis tool to help you on your way here.

If you can't see dates below that work for you, just get in touch - we may well be able to arrange a course to suit you, and then fill it.

Open training courses coming up:

Canoe - Adv OWNovember 27th (Refresher with assessment 28th)Grafham

Course Date Location
Paddlesport Leader November 22nd/23rd Lake District
Paddlesport Touring
On Request
Open Water
September 18th (refresher day)
December 20th/21st
North Wales
Canoe - WW/OW November 8th to 11th N. Wales
Canoe - Open Water July 17th and 18th Grafham Water
Canoe - Adv WW/OW TBC

I run assessments on a bespoke basis, to give you a really empowering and relaxed assessment, where you are in charge of the decision making. I'm happy to travel to a venue of your choice (or get in touch and I can help you to decide on somewhere suitable).
Just get in touch and we can start planning your assessment together.

Canoe and SUP Assessments
Assessments can be organised in any of the disciplines listed at the top of the page, for 1 or 2 candidates per day.
An assessment day costs £150 per person if there are 2 of you, or £250 for a single candidate.

Paddlesport Leader and Paddlesport Touring Leader
Assessments for these awards usually run over 2 days, with up to 4 candidates - one day in open water and one on a river. One day assessments are sometimes possible (for 1 or 2 candidates) if the venue and daylight hours allow (i.e. there are both environments available in the same place, and long days).
Assessment Costs:
£480: 2 days, 1 or 2 participants
£600: 2 days, 3 or 4 participants
One day assessments cost the same as for canoe/SUP.

Thses prices apply assuming your chosen venue is within approx a 2.5 hour drive of Coventry, i.e. the Midlands, North/Mid Wales, Eastern Region, etc). I'm happy to travel further, but this may incur additional costs depending on how far I need to travel, and whether I can combine it with other courses in the area.
Please do bear in mind that you will need to be registered for your leadership award, and have all of the appropriate pre-requisites in place before your assessment day. For more information have a look here:

British Canoeing Paddlesport Touring Leader
Jenna Paddling Abbey Rapids
British Canoeing SUP Coach Training
Canoe COaching on the Severn