British Canoeing- Countdown to the Coach Award
Available in January 2018, The Coach Award creates discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment.
The Coach Award will supersede the current Level 2, Moderate/Advanced Water Endorsements (MWE/AWE) and Discipline Support Modules.
Coach Award Choices
Benefits of the Coach Award include:
- Direct entry options to training available – a British Canoeing membership is the only prerequisite of the Core Coach Training
- Specific pathways across all disciplines
- Supportive eLearning resources to aid learning
To achieve a Coach Award, coaches complete two components of face-to-face training (‘Core Coach Training’ and ‘Discipline Specific Training’) and will need to engage in active, independent learning to develop their coaching out in the field. This is concluded by a 1-day discipline specific assessment.
Any candidate mid-way through their journey to achieve their Level 2 qualification or Moderate/Advanced Water Endorsements will move into the restructured pathway. They can choose not to repeat components of training (that are considered similar) if they feel confident with the content.
Coaches who already have a British Canoeing coaching qualification which meets the coaching requirement for the group(s) in the environment they are coaching are not required to do anything further. The Core Coaching Module and Discipline Specific Module can be used as stand-alone training to support ongoing learning and development and to update CPD.
Where relevant, coaches who have already completed various British Canoeing qualifications can by-pass the Core Coach Training and/or Discipline Specific Training.