Paddlesport Coach

The British Canoeing Coach (previously Level 2 Coach) award is attained following successful completion of a core training course, discipline-specific training, eLearning, further experience and reflection, and a one day assessment. The Sheltered Water Coach is able to work independently with paddlers in canoes and/or kayaks on sheltered water while those with an appropriate leadership award or competition experience can be assessed in moderate or advanced water environments making the award relevant to coaches working in any paddlesport discipline and at all levels.

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 or kayak 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 module (available from January 2018) 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 (available from January 2018) 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 previous Level 2 Coach or higher) training

You will also need a good knowledge of intermediate boat handling skills in either canoe or kayak (or both). Prior to training, boat-based 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. While not pre-requisites, the British Canoeing 3 Star Touring and Paddlesport Leader training courses provide ideal preparation and a guide to the standards required at assessment. The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award Course Guide (available from January 2018) includes further information and a useful checklist of the skills required.

Canoe/Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment

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

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 will be arranged at the venue of your choice (your club or centre perhaps). Assessments are usually completed within a single day.

Assessment pre-requisites

  • Registration with British Canoeing (or national association)
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Core Coach (or previous Level 2 Coach or higher) training
  • Canoe/Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) training
  • In-date First Aid training
  • Safeguarding training
  • British Canoeing membership
  • Aged 16 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 (available from January 2018).

Course dates

Core Coach Training

14-15 April, Buckinghamshire, contact Engage Watersports, tel: 01628 671131 or email: info@engagewatersports.com

29-30 September, Berkshire, contact Wokingham Waterside Centre, tel: 0118 926 8280 or email: office@wokinghamwatersidecentre.com

Canoe/Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training

28-29 April, Buckinghamshire, contact Engage Watersports, tel: 01628 671131 or email: info@engagewatersports.com

13-14 October, Berkshire, contact Wokingham Waterside Centre, tel: 0118 926 8280 or email: office@wokinghamwatersidecentre.com

Coach Assessment

Dates and fees available by arrangement contact: info@andymcoaching.com, tel 07730 852760

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