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Module 1: An introduction to teaching paddling and hill walking in Scotland


Is this the course for you?

This 11 week module is for those who are looking to start gaining NGB instructor qualifications in canoe and kayak and to be able to safely lead groups in the hills.  Based at the Abernethy School of Adventure Leadership on the shores of Loch Linnhe and a stones throw from Ben Nevis and the Glencoe there is no better location for some quality outdoor adventures!

The module introduces the basics of paddling for you to be able to confidently canoe and kayak on flat and moving water and offers the first level of instructional qualifications at the end of the module.  Also included is the opportunity to gain skills and experience in the mountains, culminating in the Mountain Leader training.

Regardless of whether or not you already have a first aid qualification, the BASP 2 day certificate is comprehensive enough to qualify the Mountain Leader, paddling and DofE awards and can be used as a refresher of previous training.

Click to view our kayaking and canoeing taster films

What qualifications can you achieve?

  • Foundation Safety & Rescue Test (FSRT)
  • Paddlesport Instructor (formerly UKCC Level 1)
  • Coach Award Core Training
  • Mountain Leader training
  • 2 day BASP Emergency First Aid Certificate
For more information about the British Canoe Union (BCU), the National Governing Body for paddlesport, click HERE.  For more information about Mountain Training, the National Governing Body for Mountain leadership, click HERE

What previous experience do you need?


  • Initially no previous experience.  
  • The Paddlesport Instructor requires participants to have a FSRT.

Hill Walking

  • The Summer ML Training requires 20 quality mountain days as stipulated by Mountain Training.  At the start of the module you will need at least 10 logged mountain days, the rest can be gained during the course

What special equipment will you need?

You should have full waterproofs, a day sack, walking boots, first aid kit and a map case and compass.  We can, provide any other equipment required as part of the cost of the module.

What is included in the price?

  • All coaching and use of equipment and transport for training for the duration of the module
  • All National Governing Body (NGB) memberships
  • All National Governing Body training and/or assessment fees
  • All food and accommodation in single sex bunk bedded rooms, possibly shared – participants should be aged 18 or over
On booking, you will be required to pay a non refundable deposit of £200 with the balance due 6 weeks before the start of the course.

How does the programme work?

The fee for this 11 week module is £2950 all inclusive. 

Our experienced, qualified instructional team will deliver coaching to give you enough experience to take part in the training and assessment courses listed above. 

A typical day will start with breakfast followed by a short daily meeting. A full day of coaching or un-coached practice time will follow with a review of the day and dinner on return to the centre. During an NGB course, there may be evening input from the visiting coach.
Weekends are free time but it is expected that module participants will spend the time refining skills and taking some rest!

The Module includes a week long canoe trip and time at at least two other Abernethy centres.

About Abernethy

Abernethy operates 4 Christian adventure activity centres and a bunkhouse in Scotland along with a Swiss winter ski training base.  The School of Adventure Leadership is in its 20th year of operation and is home to our flagship one year fully residential Outdoor Instructor Training Course.  Module participants will be training alongside our residential students.

The Abernethy staff team are all Christians and are here to provide a comfortable, welcoming and memorable experience to all who visit. Our dependence is on God and prayer underpins everything we do. We are a charitable trust - with Christian values at the core of our service.  Course participants will be required to be sympathetic with our Christian ethos.  Module participants are invited to join our optional weekly evening team fellowship session.  Abernethy operates an on-site no smoking / no alcohol policy.

What now?

Click HERE to register an interest in this, or any other, module.

If you have any questions about the module then please call us at Abernethy Ardgour on 01967 411222 or e-mail us.

Click HERE for a downloadable summary of this information.


Other modules:

  • Module 2: An introduction to teaching skiing
  • Module 3: An introduction to teaching climbing
  • Module 4: BCU UKCC L2 preparation and assessment 
  • Module 5: Single Pitch Award preparation and assessment
  • Module 6: Summer Mountain Leader preparation and assessment

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