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The Details



First of all, you will be joining a community of like minded individuals, keen to learn, develop and have fun whilst sharing their love of paddlesport. The Coach Award takes what you know and supports you through formal and informal development opportunities, part of your journey will involve an assessment, but the assessment isn’t the end as we believe in life long opportunities for learning.

The Coach Award is used by the self employed, clubs, centres and organisations as an appropriate level of training for coaches who develop individuals paddlesport knowledge and skills in a Freestyle environment.


The Coach Award is designed for you, to support  you coaching  paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills.

You will coach in Canoers, Kayakers and C1 paddles in a Freestyle environment. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills.

As a Coach you can work independently or you could be deployed by a club, centre or organisation. Being a Coach allows you to design coaching to support their learners and provide British Canoeing Awards and Training such as:

Note: other experience, training or qualifications may be required find out more in our develop skills section.

There will be opportunities to develop and progress your own paddling skills and meet like-minded people during the course. Many of our course candidates develop long lasting friendships, connections and contacts.


Typically run over 2 days the Discipline Specific Training focuses on HOW to coach the WHAT (discipline specific skills) and WHERE you will be coaching. The training explores how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help you to plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and explore specifics to help you coach typical learners in Freestyle. There are no formal Personal Performance Award or Safety Award requirements, however, to get the best from your course you need to feel comfortable in your craft and be able to independently paddle on sheltered water. We recommend holding a Personal Performance Award such as the Freestyle Award. (or equivalent)

You can check out a Sample Programme here.


Interested in a course for your centre or club?

Get in touch to discuss pricing and dates. 

07590 824206

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