Paddlesports Adult Training and Development Programme

Paddlesports Adult Training and Development Programme

17 February 2021

We're so excited to be opening registration for our Paddlesports Training and Development Programme!

Why we are doing this?

In 2019, Scouts Scotland and the Scottish Canoe Association joined in a partnership with the hope of increasing the number of young people in Scotland participating in paddlesports. To make this plan a reality, we need skilled and enthusiastic leaders to deliver sessions and to support our long term vision of paddlesports hubs across the country where scout groups can access safe and enjoyable paddlesports sessions. 

What’s involved?

We're offering a supported programme to up-skill 24 leaders aged 18+ and mentor them through their paddlesports journey! The programme will include the following online and in-person sessions:

'Introduction to Paddle-ability’ module (3 hours online)

Weekend 1:

British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training course (1 day)

Paddlesports Skill Development (1 day)

Weekend 2:

British Canoeing Paddlesports Instructor Course (2 days)

Mentoring provided by the Scouts Scotland and Scottish Canoeing tutor team (ongoing)

What's the Paddlesport Instructor course?

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry-level qualification that builds the essential 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 and inspire adventure and exploration. 

Further support will be provided to show how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe, and rewarding for our young people.

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

Very sheltered water environments

Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

By completing the qualification, candidates will be 'primed and ready' for their first paddlesport instructing role.

Who are my tutors?

The courses will be led by Grant Dolier and Liam Watson, who are both professional outdoor instructors with a wealth of experience coaching and facilitating paddlesport sessions across the UK and beyond. Both provide a range of British canoeing courses, are permit assessors for the Scout Association, and have volunteered with Scouts for several years too.

Where and when?

Paddle-ability courses will take place on 25th March and 30th March 2021; we will do our best to accommodate preferences of individuals

For the practical aspects, participants will be allocated to one of the two host venues in Inverness or Perth

Provisional dates below are subject to Government guidance and scouting framework at the time and alternative dates will be arranged is required.

Weekend 1:

Inverness 15 – 16 May 2021

Perth 22 – 23 May 2021

Weekend 2: 

Inverness 5- 6 June 2021

Perth 12-13 June 2021


Thanks to external funding, the programme costs are fully covered for participants (value approx. £400).

Please note: Accommodation and food are not provided and are the responsibility and expense of the individualAny individuals who are not already a member of SCA will also have to become a full member at their own expense (current cost is £38 per year).

What is expected of participants?

Participants are expected to be willing to learn and develop themselves but also get fully involved in all aspects of the courses, including getting wet and participating in rescue scenarios. 

The ultimate aim of this programme is to support our young members to get more involved in paddlesports. As part of this programme, participants must agree to provide a minimum of 45 hours of session delivery with groups/hubs over the following 3 year period. Remember, that support will be in place through our tutoring team.

More information and application process

We feel it’s really important that you know what you’re signing up for and can ask any questions you may have ahead of applying. Whilst not essential, we would encourage you to join Liam & Grant (Scouts Scotland) and Roger (SCA) to an Information Evening online on Friday 26th February from 7-8pm.

Information Evening

Applications for the Paddlesports Adult Training and Development Programme must be received by 10am on Monday 1st March 2021.

It's important that individuals with the most appropriate skills and capacities to support our young members are matched to the programme, therefore, criteria will be used to support selections. To help with this selection process it is important that you include as much information and reasons as you can. Decisions will be communicated to all applicants in the week commencing 8th March.

Application Form