Date(s) - 02/07/2022 - 07/07/2022
Rothiemurchus Lodge, Aviemore
Restrictions. This course is open to CFAV’s from the ACF and CCF. ATC and SCC CFAV bids are welcome on a top up basis only. Candidates must be water confident and be able to swim 25mts. Senior Cadets over 17years may also apply.
Course Content. The BCAB Paddlesport Instructor is a 5-day training and assessment course.
The primary role of the Paddlesport Instructor is to deliver safe and enjoyable taster/starter sessions in a ‘very sheltered water’ environment. 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, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding. The qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’. The qualification is designed such that the instructor can choose the craft from which they predominantly deliver and have access to: kayak, open canoe, sit on top, or stand up paddleboard; and can look after others in a range of stable craft kayaks, open canoes, sit on tops, and stand up paddleboards; as both single craft and mixed fleets.
‘Very Sheltered Water’ environments
The very sheltered water definition includes:
• quiet canals with easy bankside access and egress;
• small lakes, which are not large enough, and do not have difficult landing areas for problems to occur if there is a sudden change in conditions;
• specified sites on gentle, slow moving rivers;
• enclosed swimming pools.
The definition implies normal conditions where weather conditions that are not in themselves likely to cause problems. Care is advised when water temperatures are low. At any point the paddler should not be more than 50 metres from the bank.
Personal Paddling and Rescue Skills
Prior to attending the Paddlesport Instructor course you need to have developed your personal paddling and rescue competence. Whilst there will be the opportunity to paddle a range of craft during the course, you will need to choose your preferred type of craft for the personal paddling and rescue skills assessment. You are able to choose either:
• Kayak (this can be open-cockpit or closed-cockpit).
• Open Canoe.
• Sit on Top.
• Stand Up Paddleboard.
*The craft used will be identified on your certificate.
*Your personal paddling and rescue skills will be assessed during the Paddlesport Instructor course.
What are the Prerequisites?
Prior to applying for the CCAT Paddlesport Instructor award you must complete the following:
• Full Home Nation Delivery Centre Membership – Home Nation membership number must be included on the CCAT course application form.
• Home Nation Delivery Centre registration – a copy of the candidate registration form must be attached to the CCAT course application form.
• British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) – this will be completed on day-1 of the CCAT Paddlesport Instructor course.
• Personal paddling and rescue competence – CCAT candidates must have completed either the BOC /O2F or BIK / K2F as the minimum pre-requisite.
• Senior Cadets 17+yrs can apply to attend the CCAT Paddlesport Instructor course.
Further course details, membership and registration information is available direct from the Home Nation Delivery Centres:
British Canoeing Canoe Wales
National Water Sports Centre National White Water Centre
Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont Frongoch, Bala
Nottingham NG12 2LU Gwynedd LL23 7NU
Tel: 0300 0119 500 Tel: 01678 521199
Scottish Canoe Association Canoe Association of Northern Ireland
Caledonia House Belfast Boat Club
1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle 12 Lockview Road
Edinburgh EH12 9DQ Belfast BT9 5FJ
Tel: 0131 317 7314 Tel: 0289 543 8094
CCAT Paddlesport Instructor 5-Day Course Programme
• Day 1 – complete the British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FS&RT)
• Day 2 & 3 – complete the British Canoeing Explore Award (skills craft specific)
• Day 4 & 5 – complete the British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor award
Paddlesport Instructor E-Learning
As preparation prior to attending the Paddlesport Instructor course it is recommended that you complete the 10 x e-learning modules which are available on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website:
There is no cost for the e-learning. Each module is 15-20 minutes to complete.
CCAT Application Process.
A CCAT course application is available on WESTMINSTER and the CCAT website www.armycadetadventure.co.uk. The course fee is £40.00. An electronic course application is required to be placed onto WESTMINSTER by your ACF/CCF unit. The CCAT course application form should be completed in full, is legible, signed and authorised by your unit ACF/CCF.
The fully completed CCAT course application should then be sent to HQ CCAT, Capel Curig, either by:
a. Email with the payment paid by BACs with student name + course i.e. Smith H1/BRC in the banking reference (preferable).
b. Post with a cheque made payable to CCAT ensuring the name of the student and course is written on the back of the cheque.