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Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Award

An advanced canoe white water leader uses the full range of canoe skills to move in advanced canoe conditions. They are a skilled white water paddler who is capable of leading paddlers in a variety of ways.

Where does a canoe white water leader operate?

Advanced canoe white water leaders are qualified to take participants on advanced white water trips. They can lead grade 3 white water that may have one or two manageable grade 4 rapids.

Advanced canoe leaders can make their own decisions about the size of the group but 4 solo canoes or 2 tandem canoes would be seen as a large group.

Rivers that fall inside the canoe white water leader remit include -


  • River Leven (both sections)
  • River Greta
  • River Lune with a fair amount of water
  • River Irthing
  • Lower Duddon


  • Middle Conway
  • Lower Mawddach


  • River Nith in southwest Scotland.
  • River Leny north of Perth
  • River Garry  (Perthshire)
  • River Garry  (Loch Ness)
  • Upper Findhorn



How does assessment work?


Advanced White Water Canoe

Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Cost: £200 per person (requires 2 candidates to run).

We can also offer 1 to 1 assessments. Cost: £250 - contact us.

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


Prior to assessment the following is required:

  • Full National Association Membership
  • 2 Day First Aid Award (within 3 years) recognised by BC.
  • Safeguarding Training (within 3 years) recognised by BC.
  • BC White Water Safety and Rescue Training. Click here for dates.


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