British Canoeing Sea Kayak Coach Assessment

In this Sea Kayak Coach Award Qualification, you'll be assessed on your ability to operate as a Sea Kayak coach, focusing on paddling skills in moderate tidal conditions. Successful completion takes you one step closer to obtaining your Sea Kayak Coach Award.

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Your assessment will involve delivering two coaching sessions lasting 90 minutes each, primarily in moderate sea conditions. You’ll be expected to demonstrate not only your coaching abilities but also personal skills and leadership, along with safety and rescue proficiency. These assessments will adhere to British Canoeing standards.


Before you proceed to the Coach Award Assessment, you must meet certain prerequisites, including registration, eLearning, core training, discipline-specific training, and holding a Sea Kayak Leader Award. Additionally, you must have in-date First Aid and Safeguarding training, be a full Home Nation Association member, and be at least 16 years old at the time of assessment. Specific details and alternative options are provided in the Coach Award Course Guide, and you must obtain Home Nation Association approval to proceed to assessment.

You’ll be assessed on your ability to operate as a Sea Kayak coach, covering the skills required for paddling a sea kayak in moderate tidal conditions (up to and including – Sea state 4, Beaufort wind 4, moderate surf (>1m) and tidal flow up to 2 knots). You’ll be assessed to the standards set in line with British Canoeing.

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

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

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
  • Sea Kayak Leader Award
  • The 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. Once all prerequisites are in place you need Home Nation Association approval to proceed to assessment. Further details are available from your Home Nation Association.
  • You MUST take the following paperwork to your assessment:
    • Completed Assessment Discussion Task
    • Logbook of experience
    • Evidence of your Home Nation Association approval for assessment
    • Providers are not able to accept candidates on to assessment courses without these items.

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