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The Details



We do everything we can to take the stress out of assessments, we are focused on the journey and not the destination. The experience will be safe, engaging and enjoyable, with the you at the heart of the process involving you in as much of the decision making as possible.

As soon as you are considering taking your assessment we encourage you to 'Check-in'. This free peace of mind registration checks you have everything in place for your assessment - find out more on the Registration Tab.

Once your checked in you can arrange an assessment either by using the booking now tab to find an advertised course or by using the Provider Finder to 'find' a Freestyle Coach Assessor.


Your assessor will guide you through the stages of arranging your assessment, discussing with you the best times and dates for the assessment, helping you ensure you have someone to coach and the appropriate assessment conditions on the day.

Your assessment will include:

  • Assessment Discussion Task

  • Practical Coaching

  • Rescue Skills

  • Personal Skills

  • Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience

You can look at the Assessment Day Pack here. (Download and print a copy for your assessment day).

You can look at the Assessment Guidance here.


Every coach will prepare differently for their assessment, however we have provided a couple of examples of preparation for your Assessment Discussion Task here:

You also might find it useful to prepare for the discussion around your Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience by logging your coaching experience in a logbook like this Coaching and Leadership Logbook you can also use the headings suggested and make your own!


The Freestyle Coach has two formal registration requirements, registration and assessment check-in.


Registration can take place at any point on your development journey to gaining a Coach Award, the benefits of registering early are:

  • You will be registered on our learner management system and get access to all of our great resources including the Coach Award eLearning

  • Confidence that you meet the registration requirements for the award

  • We are able to contact you and share development opportunities with you


Registration costs vary a little dependant on the qualification and where you live, for more information you can read the Registration Guide here.



  • You will need to be an On the Water British Canoeing Member - join now British Canoeing Membership (On the Water)

  • You need to be at least 16 years of age to register

  • Once you're a member, you access your membership portal and register through the dedicated platform

  • For more information you can use our Registration Guidance here.


Check In is a process for coaches who are planning to attend a Coach Award Assessment course. The purpose of Check In is to confirm the coach holds all prerequisites, its free, quick and confirmation sent straight to your inbox*. This should then be shared with the assessor to confirm eligibility for assessment. It also gives you peace of mind that you have everything you need in place and you can focus on enjoying your assessment. Please do not try to check in unless you hold all prerequisites, including the completion of Coach Award eLearning module.

  • Confirmation of Check In will not be issued until the conditions are met.

  • Please Check In using your Membership Portal. Under the Menu tab, select Registrations.

*Note - as long as you meet the prerequisites, you will be automatically sent confirmation of your Check In. **Note – if you are aware that your record is out of date (for example your First Aid has expired) we recommend you email the check-in form to us with a copy of updated certificates.


Interested in a course for your centre or club?

Get in touch to discuss pricing and dates. 

07590 824206

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