Coach Education

Paddlesport Instructor

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.

What can I do with the award?

The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:

  • Very Sheltered Water environments
  • Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience

What are the prerequisites? 

The candidate entry requirements are as follows: 

• Full National Association Delivery Centre Membership; 

• National Association Delivery Centre registration; 

• British Canoeing Foundation Safety and Rescue Training; 

• Personal paddling and rescue competence; 

• 14 years of age, or older. 

Candidates under 18 years of age should check the suitability of the course with a tutor before attendance. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is integrated into the course. Personal paddling skills are assessed throughout and specific rescue assessments are included. The candidate will also receive some feedback on specific instructor attributes that are considered essential for the role. 

Useful resources can be found here

Course cost £200

Course Dates

12-13 March (Carr Mill Dam St Helens)

14-15 May (Carr Mill Dam St Helens)

9-10 July (Carr Mill Dam St Helens)

17-18 September (Carr Mill Dam St Helens)

12-13 November (Carr Mill Dam St Helens)

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Core Coach training

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 are the prerequisites? 

• Full National Association Membership. 

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.

Useful resources can be found here  

Course Cost £200 

Our online courses follow the British Canoeing syllabus which can be found here

The corse takes place across 4 evenings from 18:00 – 21:30.

Course Dates

12-13 February (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

7, 9, 14, 16 March (Online)

2-3 April (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

4, 6, 11, 13th April (Online)

9, 11, 16, 18 May (Online)

11-12 June (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

4, 6, 11, 13 July (Online)

6-7 August (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

5, 7, 12, 14 September (Online)

8-9 October (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

31 October 2, 7, 9 November (Online)

10-11 December (Ormskirk, West Lancashire) 

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Coach award Discipline specific

On your Discipline Specific Training (DST) course you will focus on how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline.

 What are the prerequisites?

• Full National Association Membership;

• Relevant Leadership Award  (moderate water awards)

• Core Coach Training (or equivalent)

 We off the following DST courses:

Sheltered water awards

Sheltered water coach training and assessment

Moderate water awards

White water coach training and assessment

Sea kayak coach training and assessment

Open water canoe coach training and assessment

WW open canoe training and assessment

Useful resources can be found here

Course cost £200

Course dates

Sheltered water coach training

9-10 Febuary (Ormskirk & South Lakes)

18-19 June (Ormskirk & South Lakes)

10-11 October (Ormskirk and South Lakes)

Sea kayak coach training

20-21 April (Llandudno)

18-19 July (Llandudno)

3-4 October (Llandudno)


Assessments on demand and led by the candidate,

Please contact arrange a date

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