British Canoeing Sheltered Water Coach Training

Join us for a comprehensive two-day training experience that brings core coach training to life in sheltered water environments, whether in kayaks or canoes.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio4:1


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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We follow British Canoeing standards and provide you with an action plan to advance your coaching skills and prepare for sheltered water coach assessment.
This training delves into the essential elements of coach training, focusing on sheltered water environments. Whether you’re working towards Coach Award Qualifications or seeking practical guidance for ongoing learning and development, this course offers valuable insights. You’ll explore coaching theories and practices, aligning with British Canoeing standards, and leave equipped with an action plan to enhance your coaching journey.


The training unfolds over two days, with day one dedicated to applying Coach Core behaviours in sheltered water settings. On day two, you’ll put these principles into practice during a coaching session, receiving peer feedback, observation, and trainer guidance. The course culminates with an action planning session to prepare you for future assessments and continued development.

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Familiarise yourself with the content covered in Coach Core training and the British Canoeing skills checklist beforehand. This preparation ensures you get the most value from the course, enhancing your coaching skills and knowledge in sheltered water environments.

You’ll spend day one applying the Coach Core behaviours to the sheltered water environment. On day two, you’ll apply these principles practically as part of a coaching session. You’ll have peer feedback and observation as well as trainer feedback. We’ll then finish with an action planning session to prepare you for assessment.

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

Experience Required

You should have; | | Full Home Nation Association Membership | Core Coach Training | u00a0| Your personal paddling skills should be well developed so that the full focus of the course is on coaching skills. British Canoeing has provided a checklist to help you review your skills. This can be found in Appendix 3 of the Coach Course Guide, which can be found at the point of attending your Sheltered Water Training, we recommend that of the skills listed in the British Canoeing Guidance, most are ‘always’ or ‘sometimes’ present in your performance. This strong base of personal skills should then set you up well to focus on developing your coaching practice. You will need good knowledge of the discipline(s) you wish to coach as this provides the content of WHAT you will be coaching. Prior to training, boat-based coaches should ensure that their personal skills (and leadership skills) are well practised. This allows you to focus on developing your ‘coaching’ rather than your ‘paddling’.

How Should I Prepare?

To make the most of this training, it’s essential to be an active paddler.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

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