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British Canoeing Coaching Qualifications

Coaching - Scottish Canoe Association

British Canoeing Coaching Qualifications

Coaching - Scottish Canoe Association

British Canoeing Coaching Qualifications

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The SCA delivers the British Canoeing's (formally known as BCU) Coaching Qualifications.

  • Coaching Awards - Qualifications to prepare an individual to coach paddlers across a range of craft. 
  • Discipline Support Modules - Discipline specific modules to support coaches with the technical aspects of delivering coaching in the particular discipline. 
  • CPD Modules - Typically 3 or 6 hour modules on specific subjects. Most modules do not have specific pre-requisites and are open for any coach. 

To find a course please use the link on the right hand side of the page. 

Paddlesport Activity Assistant

The Paddlesport Activity Assistant supports the delivery of paddlesport activities by developing volunteers. 

The Paddlesport Activity Assistant (PAA) is an endorsement recognised by British Canoeing to support clubs, organisations and volunteers. Paddlesport Activity Assistants can facilitate activity at any time; within the lines of their organisations' Standard Operating Procedures.

The endorsement is targeted towards volunteers, aged 14 and over, within a paddlesport setting to support the menu of activities an organisation has on offer. The Paddlesport Activity Assistant can be for existing volunteers or new volunteers. There is no required previous experience and training and support will be provided through the mentoring from the Paddlesport Activity Assistant Coordinators.

We already have a huge number of fantastic volunteers who offer invaluable support in various ways in order for paddlesport to happen and with the introduction of the Paddlesport Activity Assistant (PAA), British Canoeing have a way of formally recognising their hard work.

The programme is designed and endorsed by British Canoeing to support volunteers at our partner organisations such as Clubs, Centres, Scouts, Sea Cadets, Guides, YMCA groups, DofE and more, by developing volunteers to support the delivery of their paddlesport activities. The sessions a Paddlesport Activity Assistant can lead must be identified within the organisation's Standard Operating Procedures and be fully risk assessed. The endorsement aims to engage individuals of all paddling abilities to support specific sessions, both on and off the water. There is an annual fee £50 per organisation, which includes the training of 2 coordinators. Once training is complete, organisations can train as many Paddlesport Activity Assistants (PAA) as they need as there is no fee to register each PAA. 

It is most likely to be used where sessions are repeated on a regular basis and a Paddlesport Activity Assistant could become, for example, a 'warm up lead', ‘family group lead’ or 'slalom session timer'.

Click here to watch a short video from Paddleplus, a Canoe Club in Leicester, about how the PAA has benefited their club and their volunteers. 

If your organisation is interested in training Paddlesport Activity Assistants, please read through the information in the files below and complete the application form. For any queries, please contact Roger Holmes roger.holmes@canoescotland.org

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British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor

For many coaches the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award (previously known as Level 1) is the first step on the coaching pathway. The qualification introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective coaching.  Candidates are trained to coach basic skills to paddlers in any type of paddlesprt craft in a flat-water environment.  A range of coaching tips, tricks games and activities are built into the course, along with time spent developing technical and tactical understanding of these skills. The Level 1 Coach can plan, deliver, and review short coaching sessions; normally with the support of a more qualified coach. They can work with paddlers at any stage of development; receiving specific training to coach paddlers in their first year of activity and to run taster sessions.

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British Canoeing Coach Award

The British Canoeing Coach Award is new from January 2018 and replaces the previous Level 2, Moderate and Advanced Water Endorsements. Find out more here

British Canoeing Performance Coach

The British Canoeing Performance Coach award (previously known as Level 3) is for those who wish to become a discipline-specialist coach who can plan, implement and analyse long-term coaching programmes.  It is an appropriate level of qualification for those who are in charge of paddlesport activities in a club/centre or as a working professional.  It is available in the main paddlesport disciplines.

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British Canoeing Coaching Diploma

The British Canoeing Coaching Diploma (previously Level 4) aims to develop/validate coaching expertise and to develop coaches who would then be in a position to influence the development of the sport going forward. The Level 4 is now the highest level of coaching qualification offered by the British Canoeing. It is targeted at coaches who wish to further develop the performance of the paddlers they coach, and who are operating at the forefront of paddlesport coaching.

Slalom Discipline Support Module Part 1

The British Canoeing Slalom support module is designed to assist coaches to gain more knowledge about this specialist discipline.  The course introduces and develops an understanding of the basic techniques and coaching stratagies for the development of slalom.

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Sprint Racing Discipline Support Module 1

The British Canoeing Sprint DSM Part 1 is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of Sprint. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and strategies for coaching Sprint Techniques. The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out.  The module seeks to support the continuing process of good coaching practice on the riverbank, with the syllabi written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting the beginners.

By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Identify the key demands of Sprint Canoeing performance
  • Recognise and understand the key elements of basic Sprint techniques including training zones
  • Recognise and understand the key elements of basic Crew boat techniques and the use of Ergometers 
  • Recognise and understand the elements of preparation, delivery and review within a competition environment (linked to British Canoeing Level 1 and/or Level 2 Coaching Syllabi)
     

Candidates must register on a Coach Registration form when the following prerequisites are required;

  • £17.50 Registration Fee for British Canoeing/SCA Full Members 
  • A British Canoeing Coaching Qualification
  • Age 16 years of age, or older

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Stand Up Paddleboard Module

The British Canoeing SUP Discipline Specific Support Module is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of Stand Up Paddleboarding. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and strategies for coaching on SUPs. The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out.  The module seeks to support the continuing process of good coaching practice on the water, with the syllabi written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting the beginners.

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Polo Support Module

The British Canoeing Polo Discipline Support Module is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of canoe polo. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and coaching strategies. The module seeks to support the continuing process of good coaching practice with the syllabi written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting early development athletes.

 

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Wild Water Racing Support Module

The British Canoeing WWR Discipline Support Module is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of WWR. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and coaching strategies. The module seeks to support the continuing process of good coaching practice on the riverbank, with the syllabi written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting early development athletes.

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Marathon Racing Discipline Support Module

The British Canoeing Marathon Discipline Support Module is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of Marathon Racing. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and coaching strategies. The module seeks to support good coaching practice in all appropriate environments, with the syllabi written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting athletes in their early development.

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Bell Boat Helm

The Bell Boat Helm is a twin-hulled open canoe seating up to 14 children or 8 adults, plus the helm. It is a standard class boat. Bell Boating is a rewarding and enjoyable sport of recreation and can be used in outdoor education, expeditions and competition. 
The Bell Boat Helm Award is aimed at coaches, youth leaders and others who wish to introduce and develop paddlers on Bell Boats for recreation and sport based on sheltered water. The Bell Boat helm, when acting as such, will be permitted to take responsibility for the crew and the boat within the guidelines and conditions attached to the award. The main priorities of the helm for themselves and their crew are safety and enjoyment. The award is relevant for use throughout the year, within the provisions listed.

 

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