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The Coach Award offers discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and introduces the skills and coaching behaviours required for developing performance through progressive coaching.


The Coach Awards are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment. The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.


The majority of the courses are spent out on the water in your chosen craft. The practical sessions are combined with theoretical sessions in the classroom which embeds the fundamentals of quality coaching and safety.


Successful completion of the CORE COACH training course then allows you to progress on to the two day DISCIPLINE SPECIFIC TRAINING course in your chosen discipline interest area. Once the DST is completed, you take your journey through to COACH ASSESSMENT.


Participants need to have all the relevant pre-requirements as outlined on the BC website - click here




The British Canoeing Awarding Body Paddlesport Instructor is an entry level point qualification.


The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration. This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.


The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:


Very Sheltered Water environments

Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.


Course Content

Practical skills, including games and activities to aid learning

Engagement and relationship building skills

Professional standards of a Paddlesport Instructor

Personal and rescue skills


Method of Assessment


There are three specific assessment tasks that are completed during the course:


Professional Standards

Rescue Skills

Personal Skillsall the relevant

See all the course pre-requirements as outlined on the BC website - click here

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