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BC Core Coach Training

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Would you like to develop your coaching further?

The Coach Award aims to create discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment.

Core Coach Training

This two day face-face training course introduces generic/shared coaching content that is relevant to all coaches at this level. There is flexibility for the training to be offered to mixed (all disciplines) or single discipline groups (e.g. a group of slalom coaches). It may be run back-to-back with Discipline Specific Training or separate from it.

Coaches can repeat the course to support their on-going learning and it can be accessed as stand-alone training for continued professional development. The training will have no expiry.

The only prerequisite is full Home Nation Association Membership.

What do we cover?

Through a practical based course you will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course.

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), or you can repeat the Core Coach Training if you wish to further develop your understanding of the content.

The content of the Core Coach Training is framed by, and similar to, the current Level 2 (UKCC) Unit Specification. Some elements have been strengthened or updated.

Coaches who have completed other British Canoeing training or assessment courses that have covered similar content can choose to by-pass the Core Coach Training if they feel confident with the content.

There is no need to registered With British Canoeing for this course.


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.  

No course dates currently available.
Please contact us if you would like to arrange or create a new course date.

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