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This new 2-day course, The Core Coach Training content is similar to the previous Level 2 (UKCC) course and once completed you can proceed to Discipline Specific Training.

The Coach Award is designed for people who wish to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within their chosen discipline. This may include, for example, technical/tactical skill development, physical/psychological development, developing independent paddlers, or supporting athletes at competitions.

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


  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

Candidates should however be familiar with basic skills in their chosen craft/discipline (the what to coach) and are recommended to complete the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning module which covers the expected prior knowledge of how to coach.

What do I do after the Core Coach Training?

You can proceed to Discipline Specific Training when you feel ready (and when you have the prerequisites in place), Discipline Specific Training focuses on how to coach the discipline specific skills. Discipline Specific Training courses are 2-days:

SUP Sheltered Water Award 

Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) 

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Course Information

Duration: 2 Days

Time: 0915-1700

Minimum Standard: See Pre-Requisites 

Minimum Age: 16 yrs. 

Anyone under the age of 18 years must have a Parental Consent form completed and signed by a parent/guardian - this must be handed in to reception on arrival during registration, without this form participants will not be permitted to take part.

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