British Canoeing Whitewater Canoe Coach Training

Join us for a comprehensive training course focused on the white water environment, designed to bring theoretical and practical coach training elements to life.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

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Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Over two days, you’ll delve into the ‘White Water Canoe Coach’ syllabus, culminating in an action plan for assessment. This course is tailored to bridge the gap between theory and practice in coach training, specifically in the challenging white water context. It spans two days, during which you will cover the ‘White Water Canoe Coach’ syllabus. Whether you’re working towards the Open Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification or seeking practical guidance for ongoing development, this course provides valuable insights. You’ll leave with guidance and a personalised action plan to continue your growth as a canoe coach.


Upon completing this training, you will have gained essential knowledge and guidance to progress towards the Open Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification. Additionally, you’ll have your own action plan to facilitate ongoing development. Even if you’re not pursuing the qualification, you’ll acquire practical guidance to support your continuous learning and advancement.

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Expect an immersive experience that bridges the gap between theory and practice, equipping you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel as a canoe coach in the white water environment. 

You’ll spend day one applying the Coach Core behaviours to the moderate white 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

Prior to attending the course you must have completed a number of prerequisites;

  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Core Coach Training
  • Canoe Leader Award

Your personal paddling skills should be well developed so that the full focus of the the course is on coaching skills. We also recommend that you’re able to demonstrate the skills you’ve developed from the Canoe Leader award. You’ll also need good knowledge of the discipline of white water canoeing, as this provides the content of what you’ll be coaching.

How Should I Prepare?

To make the most of this training, ensure you are physically prepared for two demanding days on white water. Regular canoeing experience is essential before attending.

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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.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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