The British Canoeing Coaching Diploma (formally Level 4) is a 2 year programme that aims to support the development of coaches as visionary and knowledgeable decision makers, with exceptional skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards. The Coaching Diploma is currently in its forth intake of students.
As part of the Coaching Diploma, students complete a Postgraduate Diploma and have the option of either graduating with the Postgraduate Diploma or transferring onto a Performance Coaching MSc.
The Performance Coaching MSc sits outside the British Canoeing Coaching Diploma and is an innovative online learning degree for those who wish to extend their expertise and will further develop skills of critical analysis and reflective practice, enhance problem-solving capacity and promote innovative solutions to performance coaching problems. This is accessed by coaches across many different sports.
Steve MacDonald was the first Coaching Diploma graduate to complete the MSc and in 2015, won the prize for the best Stirling University MSc Performance Coaching Applied Coaching Project for his year group.
It has been won by British Canoeing Coaching Diploma students from Scotland ever since with Doug Cooper winning the prize in 2016 and Calum McNicol in 2017.
This is a credit to the calibre of students we have had through the Coaching Diploma programme and to their learning and development and is a great achievement for the Coaching Diploma graduates.
British Canoeing would like to congratulate Steve MacDonald, Doug Cooper and Calum McNicol on their achievements.
The British Canoeing Coaching Diploma programme is targeted at coaches who wish to further develop the performance of the paddlers they coach, who are operating at the forefront of paddlesport coaching, and who have an interest in Postgraduate level study.