British Canoeing White Water Canoe Coach Assessment

Get ready for your Coach Award Assessment by ensuring peak fitness and regular canoeing practice. Be prepared for challenging days on white water.

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Your Coach Award Assessment is on the horizon, and you need to be at the top of your game. To succeed, you must be in excellent physical condition, ready for the demanding nature of white-water canoeing. Equally important is maintaining a consistent canoeing practice to sharpen your skills and boost your confidence. Paddling open canoes in white-water environments offers an exhilarating adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned paddler or a novice, the rush of navigating turbulent rivers is a unique experience. In this guide, we’ll take you through the exciting world of white-water canoeing and the rewarding challenge of teaching this thrilling sport to others.


The primary objective is to ensure you’re in peak physical fitness, capable of tackling the challenges of white-water paddling during your assessment. Regular practice aims to refine your paddling techniques, ensuring you have the muscle memory required for precise manoeuvres on the water. You’ll be one step further to your White Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification, demonstrating the coaching the skills required for paddling on Grade 2 white water.

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Your journey begins with understanding the fundamentals of white-water canoeing. We’ll delve into paddling techniques, river dynamics, and safety protocols. Expect to gain insight into reading rapids, executing precise manoeuvres, and mastering rescue skills.

As we progress, we’ll transition to the teaching aspect. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively, provide constructive feedback, and create an inclusive learning environment. We’ll also discuss the importance of adapting your teaching style to suit different skill levels.

Throughout this adventure, practical experiences on the water will be a key component. We’ll take you through a step-by-step itinerary, including river trips, training sessions, and practice scenarios. By the end of this journey, you’ll have the expertise to enjoy white-water canoeing to the fullest and inspire others to do the same.

* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

What to Expect

You’ll be assessed delivering two coaching sessions of 90 minutes in moderate white water conditions. In addition you will need to display personal skills and appropriate leadership, safety and rescue skills.

Experience Required

Prior to your Coach Award Assessment you are required to have completed a number of prerequisites, in summary;| | Registration Coach Award | eLearning Coach Award | Core Training Coach Award | Discipline Specific Training | Canoe Leadership Award T| he following minimum standards of deployment: | | In date First Aid Training | Safeguarding Training | Full Home Nation Association Membership | Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment | Specific details (and acceptable alternatives) are provided in the Coach Award Course Guide.

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