Briefing Check List for Leaders

For the BCU Four and Five Star Leader awards, candidates need to have a simple and effective brief for the group they are leading.

Sometimes, it seems like there are so many things to remember that it can help to have a mental checklist to make sure that everything is covered.

One way to remember and check you have covered everything is to use the acronym My ABCDE.

M.Y.A.B.C.D.E. stands for-

Me – Introduction and a bit about me.

You – Introductions from the group.

Area – the plan for the day, the water we will be on, and the ‘type’ of trip we will be undertaking.

Boats and kit – safety checks and also who has what kit and where.

Communication – how will we communicate, what signals will we use.

Doctor – an invitation for anyone to let me know any relevant medical needs and a reminder for people to carry any relevent medication.

Emergency – what to do if an incident occurs – a swim brief and what the rest of the group should do.

For more information about Four and Five Star Leader training you can contact me at

Open canoe, sea kayak and white water courses and coaching, 1:1 and group workshops, BCU Training and Assessments in Northumberland and the North East.

One Response to Briefing Check List for Leaders

  1. Paul Gibson at #

    So much more meaningful than ROBESAQ …..

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