Paddlesport Coach

The British Canoeing Coach Awards recognise coaches working in any paddlesport discipline and at all levels and are attained following successful completion of a core training course, discipline-specific training, eLearning, further experience and reflection, and a one day assessment. Awards are available for coaches who wish to work independently with paddlers in canoes, kayaks and/or SUPs on sheltered water while those with an appropriate leadership award or competition experience can be trained and assessed working in a specific craft in moderate or advanced water environments.

Core Coach Training

Core Coach training is open to any British Canoeing member with a base level of knowledge about the discipline they wish to coach. This could include, for example, recreational flat-water canoe, kayak or SUP paddlers, white water, sea or surf paddlers, and paddlers or bank-based coaches working with athletes in any of the competitive disciplines. Our ratio of one tutor to four candidates will ensure attention to your learning needs during the course.

Please note that British Canoeing membership is the only pre-requisite for attendance at this course. Potential candidatures should be familiar with basic skills in their chosen craft/discipline (the what to coach) and are recommended to complete the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning which covers the expected prior knowledge of how to coach.

Through a practical based programme you will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course. Please refer to the British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide for further information.

Canoe/Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training

This discipline specific training course focuses on how to coach canoe and kayak skills in a sheltered water environment. The training is designed for those working towards a coach award and is also suitable as stand-alone training. Our ratio of one tutor to a maximum four candidates will ensure attention to your learning needs during the course.

Pre-requisites

  • British Canoeing membership
  • Core Coach or Level 2 (UKCC) Coach or higher training

You will also need a good knowledge of intermediate boat handling skills in canoe and/or kayak (subject to intended assessment route). Prior to training, coaches should ensure that their personal and leadership skills are well practiced; this will allow you to focus on developing your coaching rather than your paddling. The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide includes further information and a useful checklist of the skills required.

Open Water and White Water Canoe Coach (Moderate Water) Training

These discipline specific training courses focus on how to coach technical and tactical canoe skills in a moderate open water and white water environment respectively, ie large areas of open water where the paddlers are no more than 500 metres off shore and in wind strengths that do not exceed Beaufort force 4 or rivers up to and including Grade 2. Our ratio of one tutor to a maximum four candidates will ensure attention to your learning needs during the course.

Pre-requisites

  • British Canoeing membership
  • Canoe Leader or 4 Star Open Canoe Leader award
  • Core Coach or Level 2 (UKCC) Coach or higher training
  • Aged 18 years or over

Prior to training, aspirant open water canoe coaches should ensure that their personal and leadership skills are well practiced; this will allow you to focus on developing your coaching rather than your paddling. The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide includes further information and a useful checklist of the skills required.

Prior to training, aspirant white water canoe coaches should ensure that their personal and leadership skills are well practiced; this will allow you to focus on developing your coaching rather than your paddling. The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide includes further information and a useful checklist of the skills required.

Coach Award Assessment

When you are ready for assessment we will be delighted to assist with the completion of your award either as a Canoe and/or Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water), Open Water Canoe Coach or White Water Canoe Coach.

Assessment are conducted at a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 maximum. You will need to recruit and equip a group of between two and four paddlers to coach during the assessment which can be arranged either on the Thames in Buckinghamshire (Sheltered Water only) or at the venue of your choice. Assessments are usually completed within a single day.

Assessment pre-requisites

  • Registration with British Canoeing (or national association)
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Core Coach or Level 2 Coach (UKCC) or higher training
  • Discipline specific training
  • In-date First Aid training
  • Safeguarding training
  • British Canoeing membership
  • Aged 16 (18 for Open Water and White Water Canoe) or over at the time of assessment

Further guidance on preparing for, and the paperwork to be taken to, assessment is contained the British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide.

Course dates

Core Coach Training

None currently scheduled

Canoe/Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training

None currently scheduled

Open Water Canoe Coach Training

None currently scheduled

White Water Canoe Coach Training

09-10 November, Devon, for further details and bookings contact Andy Maxted, tel: 07730 852760 or email: info@andymcoaching.com

Coach Assessment

To discuss your assessment contact Andy Maxted, tel: 07730 852760 or email: info@andymcoaching.com

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