The Coaching Awards

Become a qualified paddlesports coach.

Paddlesport Instructor

The starting point of your coaching pathway.

The NEW Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those running taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration.  This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding.

Link to the syllabus


The Coach Award – A two part process.

The new British Canoeing Coach Award allows you to step into coaching at the level of your personal skill base and in the area of your interest.


Core Coach Training 2 days intro

All trainee coaches start with the Core Training,  You will  need a base level of knowledge and enthusiasm for the discipline you wish to coach. This two day course will look at coaching strategies and philosophies for you to take forward to the discipline specific training.

View more information on the British Canoeing website here.


Sheltered Water training

This two day course is for the coach seeking to work in sheltered water environments in canoe or kayak.

View more information on the British Canoeing website here.


Sea Kayak Coach Training and assessment

If you have 4* leader or Sea kayak  leader with L2 coach or Core training and wish to take your coaching into the moderate environment, this could be your next step. This two day training course will focus on the coaching strategies used in the moderate environment.

View more information on the British Canoeing website here.

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