Date(s) - 06/05/2022 - 08/05/2022
Capel Curig Training Camp
Restrictions. This course is open to CFAV’s and Cadets 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 Leader Training is a 2-day course. The primary role of the Paddlesport Leader is to lead, to supervise, or facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable trips in a ‘sheltered water’ environment based on their group’s needs and aspirations. Safety, quality and enjoyment will primarily be achieved through choice of venue, equipment and leadership strategies that match the group’s specific needs. The award does not include progressive coaching of technical skills but focuses on learning through experience. One of the main responsibilities of a Paddlesport Leader is to use their skills and judgement to select appropriate trips/journeys for the paddlers they work with. These decisions will be based on their own abilities and skills, and the profiling of their group’s needs and aspirations. The qualification is designed such that the Leader can choose the craft from which they work, and can look after others in both single discipline and mixed fleets. This may include for example; touring kayaks, open canoes, suitable sit-on-tops, general purpose kayaks, stand-up-paddleboards, crew boats, or racing craft.
The overall ethos is that the Paddlesport Leader is operating in benign conditions. As a Paddlesport Leader, you will be responsible for selecting suitable trips where the conditions (physical and environmental) match the group’s needs and your own skills and abilities. It is important that:
• There are frequent and regular landings that can be easily and quickly accessed by all group members (200 metres from an easy landing is considered the maximum distance appropriate)
• Within the landings there are frequent and regular escape options possible for the group to evacuate the water
• The Leader is confident that the paddlers in the group have the ability to avoid hazards present (e.g. other water users, or being swept/blown out of the safe working area)
• The Leader is confident that the conditions (e.g. wind, weather, temperature, water level, tide, visibility, mud-flats, drying heights, sand-banks etc.) will not hinder the group’s ability to land or avoid hazards
• The Leader is confident that the group has the ability to remain in the safe working area at all times (particularly in the event of a capsize or a paddler becoming incapacitated)
Within the scope of the Paddlesport Leader Award, this is restricted to the following Sheltered Inland Water:
• Ungraded sections of slow moving rivers where the group could paddle upstream against the flow (not involving the shooting of, or playing on, weirs or running rapids)
• Areas of open water (e.g. lakes and lochs) not more than 200m offshore and in wind strengths that do not exceed Beaufort force 3 (Beaufort force 2 if wind direction is offshore)
And the following Sheltered Tidal Water:
• Small enclosed bays or enclosed harbours
• Defined beaches where the group could easily and quickly land at all times
• Slow moving estuaries (less than 0.5 Knots)
• Winds not above Beaufort force 3 (Beaufort force 2 if wind direction is offshore)
Training (2-Day) Prerequisites
Prior to attending the 2-Day Paddlesport Leader training course you must complete the following:
• Full Home Nation Delivery Centre Membership – Home Nation membership number must be included on the CCAT course application form.
• British Canoeing Awarding Body Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) – this must be completed prior to attending the CCAT Paddlesport Leader training course.
• Personal paddling competence – CCAT candidates must have completed either the O2F or K2F as the minimum pre-requisite.
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 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.