Core Coach Training
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 4 People to 1 instructor

Core Coach Training

  • Paddle
  • British Canoeing Award
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This course is designed to help you reach the level where you can coach paddlers who want to gain or improve paddlesport skills within their chosen discipline; technical/tactical skill development, physical/psychological development, or helping them to gain the skills that will enable them to paddle safely without the need for a coach. You'll learn how to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently, focussing on the ‘How’ and ‘Why’ skills as they relate to the Coach’s role. It's the first step along your progression to becoming a British Canoeing Coach in whichever paddlesports discipline you're interested in. You'll be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to put your learning into practice after the course

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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The Objectives

You'll be able to show that you understand different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and that you've gained some core coaching skills.


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

What to Expect

During both days, you'll combine on and off the water activities, looking at how people learn and how you can best structure your coaching session to enhance their performance.

Experience Required

Full Home Nation Association Membership Prior to embarking on a journey through the Coach Award pathway. It is important that you:

  • Ensure the Coach Award suits your coaching role
  • Familiarise yourself with some key content prior to starting the face-to-face training
  • Have started to develop your background knowledge of the discipline/s you wish to coach

The Core Coach Training course focuses, in the main, on HOW to coach. Coaches who have a strong base of background knowledge of the discipline that they wish to coach are better placed to be able to make the most of this learning opportunity. This provides the Coach with a range of content of WHAT to coach. You'll also need a base level of knowledge about the discipline(s) you wish to coach; this provides the content of WHAT you will be coaching. Whilst the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning covers the expected prior knowledge of the HOW to coach content. 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 practiced. This allows you to focus on developing your ‘coaching’, rather than your ‘paddling’. It is not suitable for those who are new to paddlesports. Prior to booking it may be best to speak to one of our Coach Trainers.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. This gives you the perfect opportunity to test out that new piece of kit you've had your eye on. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide

Available Course Dates

Start the booking process by selecting a course date, then adjust your details to suit your requirements.

Course Start Date
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Course Start Date
31st October, 2022
2 Days
Spaces available

*If your course is based at Plas Y Brenin, Capel Curig, residential prices include catering from the morning of your course start date and cover the duration of your course, accommodation starts on the night before your course commences to the morning of the last day of your booking.

This course will help you become

A coach in the discipline of your choosing

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