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Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport Training

Course Overview

This is a 4 day training course for the second level certificate in coaching paddle sport. The course is for people who may be working independently. This is a non- discipline specific course and students will learn the skills to teach in both canoe and kayak, a good standard of personal performance in both craft is required. For those candidates holding the pre-requisites and who have registered with the British Canoeing. The course will cover all elements of the training syllabus including; safety and rescue skills for the coach, risk management, coaching skills planning programs for learners, supervisory skills, mentoring and supervision of assistants.
PLEASE ENSURE you contact British Canoeing (0845 370 9500, www.bcu.org.uk) and complete any pre course administration and paperwork prior to attending the course, and bring all the paperwork with you.

Experience Required

Coach Level 1 Training, New 2 star or old 2 star kayak and 2 star canoe, 3 star in either a single or double bladed discipline.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?

Have you completed the BCU UKCC level 1 course? Would you like to develop your coaching further? Would you like to be able to work unsupervised and in any craft on sheltered water? Do you hold at least one BCU 3* award? Yes? Then this is the next step.


The British Canoeing strictly requires that all students are registered prior to commencing the course. They will not allow non-registered participants to undertake the course.
You will need to register with either Canoe England, Canoe Wales, Canoe Scotland or Canoe Association of Northern Ireland by completing a CR Form.


Hold BCU-UKCC Level 1 Coach Award or 'old scheme' BCU Level 2 Coach Award or above

Hold 3 Star in at least one discipline

Completed pre-course tasks in your Level 2 folder

You will need to bring your Level 2 folder and all your supporting paperwork with you (CR form, certificates etc.)

What we cover

This is a predominately practical course and many of our sessions will be out on the water. These practical sessions will be supported by some classroom based learning. The early part of the course will be spent developing you understanding of the coaching process with the latter looking at how to apply these techniques to you coaching. We will look at how people learn, different coaching styles, feedback techniques, how to make sessions engaging and enjoyable, how to structure effective teaching sessions and how to plan a series of development coaching session. We will use local flat water venues and simple moving water venues. At the end of the course you will receive an individualised action plan to aid your continued development.

During the week we will look at the following areas:

  • Risk Management

  • Group Management

  • Teaching Skills

  • Games

  • Supervisory Skills

  • Incident Management and accident procedure

  • Safety and Rescue Skills

  • Teaching Practice

Useful Books

BCU Canoe and kayak Handbook- Ed Franco Ferrero
BCU Coaching Handbook- Ed Franco Ferrero
BCU Long Term Paddler Development pathway Booklet – BCU Supplies
BCU Level 2 support booklet – BCU Supplies
Top Tips for Coaches – Plas y Brenin staff – BCU Supplies
Canoe and Kayak Games – Rouse and Collins
Just Add Water by Paul Hurrell
Coaching Science – Theory into Practice Terry McMorris and Tudor Hale ISBN O/470/01098/3

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool

    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.

If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.

If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal paddling equipment

  • Footwear to cope with bank and boat

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Warm clothes for off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Notebook and pen

  • BCU logbook/paperwork

  • Dry bag

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Safety and rescue kit (you would normally carry)

  • Cheque book for any BCU fees due

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.

  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • All safety and rescue kit

For safety and rescue courses only a dry suit will be provided if required

Customer Reviews For This Course

Faith Restored

Nigel Stephenson

Really pleased with my week at PYB. The coaches did a great job of supplementing the 'How to coach' focus of the Level 2 training with some excellent sessions on 'What to coach'.

I'm not a great fan of the BCU/UKCC approach, and considered stopping coaching after the level 1. I think its really important that coaches understand what they're teaching .

Having had a few days to digest the experience, I'm confident that that I'm more equipped than ever to deliver some good quality coaching. I'm really looking forward to the next season.

I'm really pleased I chose this course and thank my club (North Avon) for helping to fund the experience. A definite 11/10!

PS food and accommodation weren't bad either ;-)

Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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