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Coaching - Scottish Canoe Association

British Canoeing Coaching Awards and Endorsements

Coaching - Scottish Canoe Association

British Canoeing Coaching Awards and Endorsements

Coaching - Scottish Canoe Association

British Canoeing Coaching Awards and Endorsements

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

  • Coaching Awards - Qualifications to prepare an individual to coach paddlers across a range of craft. 
  • Coaching Endorsements - Endorsements to existing coaching awards to broaden the environmental remit of an existing award (i.e. to allow a coach to operate in Moderate or Advanced Water). 
  • 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 UKCC Level 1

For many coaches the British Canoeing UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport 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 UKCC Level 2

The British Canoeing UKCC Level 2 Certificate in caoching paddlesport is the second step on the coaching pathway.  From January 2014, candidates can chose to complete this award in kayak or canoe or a multi-discipline.  The award develops the foundation coaching concepts taught at Level 1, moving into the skills required for developing performance through progressive coaching.  The qualification also covers the issues to enable coaches to work independently using a sheltered water environment. Level 2 Coaches will work with paddlers predominantly in their first 3 years of paddling activity. The Level 2 Coach is able to offer guidance and support to the Level 1 Coach. Candidates progressing to 3 star in canoe and kayak are required to hold a 3 star (or higher) in a canoe and kayak discipline. 

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British Canoeing UKCC Level 3

The British Canoeing UKCC Level 3 Coach award 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 Level 4 (Postgraduate Diploma)

The British Canoeing Level 4 award 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.

BCU Level 5 (pre-UKCC)

Training courses for BCU Level 5 have now ended. Candidates who have previously completed training have time to complete assessment during the validity of their training. 

Moderate Water Endorsement

The Moderate Water Endorsement enables British Canoeing UKCC Level 2 coaches to take their coaching abilities into specific moderate water environments.  This award is available for those who wish to coach sea kayaking, surf kayaking, open canoeing, touring and white water kayaking.  It focuses on the application of current coaching knowledge in the moderate water environment and covers topics such as:

  • how to coach discipline-specific skills and tactics
  • physiological and psychological considerations for the discipline
  • establishing a safe coaching environment
  • developing paddlers' performance

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Advanced Water Endorsement

The Advanced Water Endorsement enables British Canoeing UKCC Level 2 coaches with Moderate Water Endorsment to take their coaching abilities into specific advanced water environments.  This award is available for those who wish to coach sea kayaking, surf kayaking, open canoeing, touring and white water kayaking.  It focuses on the application of current coaching knowledge in the advanced water environment and covers topics such as:

  • how to coach discipline-specific skills and tactics
  • physiological and psychological considerations for the discipline
  • establishing a safe coaching environment
  • developing paddlers' performance

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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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Slalom Discipline Support Module Part 2

This module is designed to equip the slalom coach with all the technical knowledge they need to take paddlers from the development level right through to Premier Division athletes.  The 2 days will comprise a combination of tutor input and practical coaching practice.  The core of the course will be the content of the forthcoming slalom technical manual, shortly to be published by GB Canoeing and the British Canoeing Home Nations

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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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Sprint Racing Discipline Support Module Part 2

The British Canoeing Sprint Discipline Support Module Part 2 is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of sprint. The course introduces and explains the intermediate techniques and coaching strategies. The module seeks to support the continuing process of good coaching practice on the riverbank, with the syllabus written to focus on coaches who are likely to be supporting intermediate athletes.

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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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Freestyle Support Module

The British Canoeing Freestyle Discipline Support Module is designed to assist coaches who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of freestyle. 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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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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