Paddlesport Touring Leader

What Is the Paddle Sport Touring Leader?

The Paddle Sport Touring Leader will allow you to lead trips and journeys on moderate inland waters for a range of mixed craft! You can work independently or be deployed by an organisation to do these trips.

The new award has an optional training course which is available through Rock The Boat Activities. This is designed to support you in your development in leadership and group skills, personal skills, rescue skills and theory all in the moderate inland environment. We will work with you to identify clear action points to support your progress towards a successful assessment.  This training course can vary between 2 – 5 days,  the longer course giving you more time to practice and develop your skills. 


To become a paddle sport touring leader you will need to attend an assessment. The assessment takes place over a typical paddling day, depending on the logistics relating to accessing the suitable environments you and your assessor might agree on a longer assessment. The assessment  will involve you displaying all the appropriate personal skills, leadership and group skills, rescue skills  as well as underpinning background knowledge. 

We will help guide you through the prior planning for the assessment, discussing logistics with you and ensuring their are participants to lead on the day.  We believe in a relaxed, enjoyable stress free assessment, with you at the heart of the process!


You will need these:

  • Safeguarding Training (dated within last 3years).
  • First Aid (dated within last 3 years and appropriate to this award)
  • Full National Association Membership
  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register

To become a Paddlesport Touring leader there is no requirement to have a formal personal performance award or safety award  however you need to be able to independently paddle on open water, rivers up to and including short stretches of Grade 2.