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BC Surf Kayak Coach


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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 the surf environment.


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

You will coach in paddlers in the Surf 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

The Surf Kayak Coach is made up of four formal elements, however for experienced paddlers/ coaches you could consider Accreditation of Prior Learning(APL) to move directly to the formal element that suits your development click here to find out more about APL.


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 on White Water. To attend the training you must hold the Surf Kayak Leader Award


The Coach Award eLearning is an online set of activities that need to be completed before assessment when completing the BCAB Coach Award. These activities are only available once you have registered for the Coach Award, after which, a log in will be generated and sent to you. You can register at anytime, but it must be complete before you Check-in for assessment. The activities inside this eLearning package are:

  • Coaching Philosophy
  • How Learners/Athletes Learn
  • Stages of Learning
  • Enabling Learners/Athletes to Learn
  • Coaching To Develop Learner/Athlete Learning
  • Coach’s Decision Making
  • Information Gathering
  • Creating an Optimum Learning Environment
  • Structuring Practice Sessions
  • Games With Aims
  • Reflective Practice
  • Planning Coaching Sessions
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Deployment Matters
  • Welfare of Learners/Athletes
  • Equality and Learner/Athlete Needs


We believe in assessments for learning and you will definitely learn a lot from your assessment, to find out more click on the assessment tab.


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.. 


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!

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

Current Courses

Coach Education

Core Coach Training

BC Core coach training (2024-09-28 /£230)