Coach Award

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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.

There are 22 options available covering all of our main disciplines and environments.

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

Assessment Prerequisites

  • Coach Award Core Coach Training
  • Coach Award Discipline Specific Training
  • Relevant Leadership Award for some disciplines (see Coach Award Course Guide)
  • 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.  

Coach Award Resources

How and When to Register/check-in for Coaching and Leadership

Providers – Information and Course Authorisation

Guidance Documents and Resources