Coaches and Activity Leaders

Without a team of Coaches and Activity leaders the activities and courses that can be offered by the Canoe Sports Trust will be very limited. The organisation can only exist and serve its community if it is able to retain the services of qualified activity Instructors and Coaches.

The Trust therefore employs the services of instructors to deliver activities where visiting groups lack qualified leaders and coaches to deliver a range of courses that are used to engage the general public.

If you are a qualified Instructor or Coach and you are seeking some seasonal work, then the Trust can offer you casual opportunities with most courses and activities taking place in the afternoons and evenings.

If you are yet to become an activity instructor, we consider you a volunteer until such time as you become qualified which means that if you wish to participate by supporting activities, you can do so under the close supervision of a qualified instructor or coach.

For those Instructors that are qualified we can offer you an almost immediate start subject to us first checking some paperwork, which includes you being in possession of the following:

  • Proof of a DBS certificate:
  • A valid First Aid Certificate (minimum 8 hours)
  • A British Canoeing FSRT qualification for activities involving canoes, kayaks and SUPs.
  • Proof of your Paddlesport Instructors coaching qualification.

We will then require you to attend one of our AIGL courses that covers induction training and includes an Instructors Assessment that confirms to us your capability to run minimal risk activity.

If you are qualified as a coach and are in possession of a BCU or BC coaching qualification such as a Paddlesport Leader or Tour leader or a Canoe Coach Award, we will need to see evidence of your certification and if you are new to us, we will require you to participate in the Coach Assessment.

If you are an instructor and have an instructing qualification and are looking to obtain further qualifications to become a coach the Trust runs a bursary scheme which will give you discounted access to courses that will assist you in your journey to becoming a qualified coach.

Instructors and coaches working within the Trust will be enrolled into the organisation after having completed the AI&GL training courses. If you are interested to learn more about the courses, we offer check out the Courses We Offer page or contact us to find out more.

Specific Information for Scouting Leaders

If you are a Scout leader and you wish to run your own activities this year with your Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers you can achieve this by following three simple steps.

Step 1

Attend a Leaders Paddlesport Day, there are two of these courses running during April (these can be booked on our courses page). The leaders day will familiarise you with the latest developments associated with paddlesports, we discuss activity planning and cover risks associated with the area of operation and give you an opportunity to practice a few skills or learn some new ones.

Assuming you have attended a Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT) and have a First Aid certificate then you are ready to apply for a Form Water from your local district commissioner.

If you have not attended an FSRT course or have a first aid qualification, such courses van be booked via our courses page.

If you already hold a Form Water activity authorisation, to operate activity on Bury Lake and with to borrow Trust equipment, we ask that you attend an annual Leaders Paddlesports Day. Extra training days will be run towards the end of May subject to demand.

Step 2

Submit your Form Water application to your District Commissioner.

Step 3

Following receipt of your Form Water, the Trust asks that you attend one final bit of training which is a requirement on us to satisfy our health and safety obligations. The Activity Instructor & Group Leader Training is a short course that prepares you to safely run activity when you are the sole occupant of the base or when there are multiple groups on site, the course makes you aware of security and safeguarding issues in addition to the obligations placed upon you to run a safe activity.

Activity Instructor and Group Leader Training (AI&GL) courses are run on certain weekend afternoons in May and in again in June subject to demand.

Other Courses

The Canoe Sports Trust has a focus towards encouraging activity, we therefore run a variety of courses to attract new paddlesport leaders. Scout Leaders can often access training courses at a good discount, it is worth asking your District Commissioner or Group Scout Leader whether they will help pay for a particular course.