Coaching Courses

Our range of British Canoeing (BC)courses are second to none, offering superb value for money. You can choose to have the course delivered at your own club or venue, or book onto one of our independent courses.

Courses require a minimum of 6 candidates to run, please contact us if you would like to discuss a closed course for your club or centre. You will not be disappointed by our professionalism and student centred delivery meeting and exceeding expectations on all of our courses. Our client list ranges far and wide, international, national companies, clubs , organisations and of course individuals too.


British Canoeing PaddleSport Instructor Award

British Canoeing PaddleSport Instructor Award. 

This 4 day training and assessment course is the start of the coaching pathway and is suitable for all who are introducing people to all types of paddle-sport, in a Very Sheltered Water Environment, offering taster sessions. It is seen as the ideal award for club and professional coaches who are going to introduce complete novices to many different types of craft, and start their Long Term Paddler Development (LTPD) .Candidates are required to register for the award using the BCU – Central Registration Form

Duration: 4 Days (5 days with Foundation Safety Rescue Training Course)

Accommodation: Not provided

Price: 4 days £285.00 – (5 Days £325.00 including FSRT if arranged )


19 – 22nd February 2018 – closed course

11 – 14h March 2018 – closed course

15 – 18th March 2018 – closed course

5 – 8th April 2018 – closed course

9 – 12th April 2018 – closed course


Further courses dates available on request.

Please contact us for course dates to suit your club ,centre or group. Group bookings attract a discounted rate on all courses. Minimum 6 candidates per course, maximum of 12.

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British Canoeing Coach Award Core Training

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.

British Canoeing Level 2 Coach Core Training- 2 Days.

Having completed the BC Level 1 Course/ Paddle Sport Instructor, APL or just want to get a thorough introduction to coaching then this Is the natural progression for you.

Registration and pre-requisites.

Candidates are required to register with their Home Nation Association at any point on their journey to assessment. It is highly recommended that coaches register early to enable access to the eLearning Coach Award package which provides supportive material and signposting to development opportunities.
In order to register, candidates need to hold Home Nation Association membership. There is no expiry date to the registration.

Core Coach Training Prerequisites
Full Home Nation Association Membership
You will also need a base level of knowledge about the discipline(s) you wish to coach; this provides the content of WHAT you will be coaching. Whilst the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning covers the expected prior knowledge of the HOW to coach content. Your course provider can provide further guidance.

Discipline Specific Training Prerequisites
Core Coach Training (or equivalent)
Relevant Leadership Award for some disciplines (click here for further details)
Full Home Nation Association Membership
Assessment Prerequisites
Coach Award Core Coach Training
Coach Award Discipline Specific Training
Relevant Leadership Award for some disciplines (click here for further details)
Coach Award eLearning
Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

In date First Aid Training
Safeguarding Training (as required by your Home Nation Association)
Full Home Nation Association Membership
Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment (18 for Advanced Water Options)
Once all prerequisites are in place, you can complete the Assessment Check In and proceed to your assessment.

Course content

The Coach Award content is delivered through the Core Coach Training and the Discipline Specific Training.
The Core Coach Training will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course.

The Discipline Specific Training focuses on HOW to coach the discipline specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching. The training explores how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help coaches plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and explore specifics to help coaches coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline.

The syllabus is based on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the coaches need to ensure the athletes/learners in their care are appropriately provided for. This includes:

assessing athlete/learner performance and needs
designing and delivering progressive practice/training sessions to meet these needs
managing safety
creating an enjoyable motivating learning environment
skills to support your own personal learning and professional development
For more information on the content covered in the Coach Award programme, please read the Coach Award Course Guide.

Course Structure

The learning programme for Coach Award candidates is split into four distinct parts; Core Coach Training, Discipline Specific Training, Independent and Supplementary Learning and Assessment.

The Core Coach Training is a mostly practical two day course. These are typically delivered over consecutive days. The Core Coach Training is generic and open to Home Nation members with an interest in coaching.

This Discipline Specific Training is a mostly practical two day course, with the exception of Slalom at three days. The training is designed for those working towards a Coach Award and is also suitable as stand-alone training. Please note, for the Open Water Canoe, Sea Kayak, Surf Kayak, White Water Canoe, White Water Kayak options, you will need to complete the relevant Leadership Award ahead of the Discipline Specific training.

The Independent and Supplementary Learning includes completion of the Coach Award eLearning, which can be assessed by completing a CR Form. Alongside face-to-face training, coaches need to learn and develop their craft out in the field. We consider this to be a critical element to support coach development and we aim to provide some guidance to help you steer your way through this. During your development period (and in preparation for assessment) it is important that you engage in activities that help you:

practice and refine the application of theory to practice
develop as an effective learner
develop the depth and breadth of your discipline specific experience and knowledge
develop your understanding, depth and breadth of supporting knowledge
develop your personal coaching philosophy

British Canoeing Registration:

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Duration: 2 Days

Price: £185.00




we are currently plannning Course dates for 2018.


Further courses coming soon. Please get in touch if you would like us to run a course exclusively for your club or organisation , these courses attract a substantial discount . Groups of 6 to 12 only

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British Canoeing Coach Award Assessment courses

Before presenting for assessment, candidates must complete the Assessment Check In with their Home Nation Association to ensure they meet all of the prerequisites.
Assessment Check In Service
Check In is a new process for coaches who are planning to attend a Coach Award Assessment course.

It’s free, quick and confirmation sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment.

The purpose of Check In is to confirm the coach holds all prerequisites, saving time on the day of the assessment, as the assessor doesn’t need to check certificates and paperwork.

Please do not try to check in unless you hold all prerequisites, including the completion of Coach Award eLearning module (unless you intend to submit your workbook and portfolio).

Confirmation of Check In will not be issued until the conditions are met.

Please click here to Check In Online.

If you are unable to check in online, please download the Coach Award Check In Document and send it to your Home Nation coaching office via post or email**.

*Note – until our system is fully integrated, it is necessary for staff to manually check. Confirmation will normally be issued within 2 working days, providing the evidence is on record.

**Note – if you are aware that your record is out of date (for example your First Aid has expired) we recommend you email the check-in form to us with a copy of updated certificates.

Assessment Tasks
At assessment, candidates will be required to complete the following assessment tasks

Assessment Discussion Task
Practical Coaching
Rescue Skills
Personal Skills*
Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience
For more information about the Coach Award assessment, please read the Assessment Day Pack.

*The Personal Skills element of assessment is not applicable to the coaches pursuing the Freestyle, Polo, Racing, Slalom or Wild Water Racing qualifications. It is applicable to all other Coach Awards.

Upon successful completion of each of these tasks the course provider will recommend the candidate for certification.

WW Canoe assessment dates

WW Kayak assessments dates 

Sheltered Water canoe and kayak assessment dates