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British Canoeing

White Water Kayak Coach Assessment
(Moderate Water)

Assessments don’t need to be difficult. On a Wild River moderate water assessment we will give you the opportunity to work with students who are keen to learn from you. We will bring students who are receptive to learning and open to the coaching you deliver.

As with all our courses this assessment will be run in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

Each candidate will be given a small group of students to teach. After a period of observation and analysis you can coach your students towards your agreed goal.

Preparation for Assessment

Whilst working with students in your development phase between discipline specific training and assessment we recommend that you keep a record of the learning. This could be via session plans and reviews or a simple logbook. It could also be documented and a different way that suits you.

We will also want to read your coaching episode in preparation for the professional discussion.

Two weeks prior to the assessment we will need:

  • Proof of pre-requisites check from British Canoeing.
  • A completed professional discussion task.
  • A record of your experience.

For candidates proceeding to assessment using training courses prior to January 2018 the following applies:

If your Level 2 coach training is now out of date then you should contact British Canoeing and request an extension.

If it is still in date then you should contact British Canoeing and inform them which new coach award you are planning to complete. They will transfer your registration to the new system. You can use the following to meet the pre-requisites:

Registration with British Canoeing. Contact British Canoeing and change your registration to the new coach award.

Core coach training Level coach 2 training
Discipline specific training  Level coach 2 training
White Water Kayak Leader Award (formerly 4 Star Leader)  
Valid First Aid (minimum one day course within 3 years)  
Child Protection Training  
British Canoeing membership  
Age over 16  
Professional discussion task  Completed portfolio
Record of experience         Log book

When you contact British Canoeing prior to assessment the check in will reflect your difference in pre-requisites.

Sample Programme

  • Meet for introductions and paperwork
  • Venue and equipment familiarisation
  • Briefing on the outline of the day and expectations
  • Introduction and allocation of students
  • Run coaching sessions
  • Lunch
  • Personal skill check
  • Rescue skill check
  • Debriefs

We promise that...

  • We will be supportive and do our best to make sure you are as relaxed as possible.
  • We will assess you at the correct standard as stated in the syllabus,
  • We will make sure you fully understand what you need to do.
  • We will make sure that the assessment environment is at the right standard, eg a grade 2 river for 4 star canoe assessments.
  • We will give you as much time as possible to show what you can do.
  • We will take you through the assessment process in short steps that are clear and simple.
  • If the assessment involves leadership or coaching of others we will do our best to bring real students for you to coach or lead.
  • Our decisions will be made based solely on performance and not with any bias of any sort.
  • We will give you a clear action plan for development at the end of the assessment.
  • All our assessment team are encouraged to smile and give you a hug when you need it.

Route to 3 Star Assessor

Assessing the British Canoeing 3 Star Award:

Upon completion of the assessment, a British Canoeing Moderate Water Coach can register to become a 3 Star Assessor within their discipline (the discipline in which they hold the Moderate Water Endorsement).

Process to become a 3 Star Assessor:

  1. Be a British Canoeing Moderate Water coach
  2. Coach Update valid
  3. Get a British Canoeing 3 Star Assessor logbook from British Canoeing (Home Nation Association)
  4. Be registered as a British Canoeing 2 Star Assessor
  5. Provide date of last British Canoeing 2 Star Assessment
  6. Observe a minimum of one British Canoeing 3 Star Assessment
  7. Be signed off by an existing British Canoeing 3 Star Assessor
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BCU Moderate Water Endorsement Assessement - White Water

MWE White Water Assessment

Registration with British Canoeing (see link below).

Complete E learning task. (This will be available on 2 January 2018).

Completed Core Coach Training

Completed Advanced White Kayak Coach Training

White Water Kayak Leader Award (formerly 4 Star Leader).

Valid First Aid. (Minimum one day course within 3 years).

Child Protection Training

British Canoeing membership (see link below).

Age over 16

Prior to assessment you must contact British Canoeing via email or phone to check that all the pre-requisites are in place. They will issue proof via email and this must be brought to the assessment. 


British Canoeing Membership FormCourse Registration (CR) Form

British Canoeing Membership FormBC Membership Form

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