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British Canoeing Awarding Body

Open Water Canoe Coach
(Advanced Water)

As an advanced open water canoe coach you can coach in the most advanced canoe environment. You can coach students in large areas of open water with wind above force 5.

Great coaches empower students to improve their paddling with appropriate practise tasks that have easily achieved self check feedback.

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On our two day training course we will help you develop your coaching, focussing on:

  • How to gather good technical and tactical understanding
  • Using observation and analysis skills to set clear goals for students
  • Using the appropriate teaching strategy for the student, environment and learning outcome
  • Setting appropriate practise tasks that give feedback
  • Use of video analysis as a feedback tool
  • Reflective practice

All students will leave the course with a clear and measureable action plan that maps their route to assessment.

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


Great coaches will have an in depth knowledge of the craft in the environment. You might decide to add your knowledge by attending:

  • An intermediate or advanced skills course.
  • Revisit advanced open water canoe leader training to gather more detail and delivery tools.
  • Create a coaching group and bring us in to mentor you for a day.
  • Receive some individualised bespoke training.

How does assessment work?


On an assessment candidates will deliver a coaching session to between 2 and 4 students lasting a minimum of 90 minutes.

To complete the assessment the students must be seen to have developed their paddling skill related to the goals agreed between the candidate and the students
Over the course of the assessment candidates will be asked to demonstrate the appropriate rescue skills for the environment.

Prior to an assessment you will be given the opportunity to contact the students to gather information about their ability, equipment needs and aspirations for the day. You will be encouraged to plan the day in detail with logistical support from Wild River if necessary.

Wild River runs single day assessments with dates on the website. Alternatively 1-1 assessments can be set up on dates that suit the individual. It is advised that assessments may need a fairly flexible approach to venue choice so as to get good water levels.

Pre-requisites for assessment:

  • Prior to assessment all candidates must register with their home nation association (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

  • Full National Association Membership.

  • Core Coach Training (or equivalent, British Canoeing Awarding Body Level 2 Training or Assessment.

  • Advanced Canoe White Water Leader Award or old 5 Star Canoe Leader

  • Completed Open Water Canoe Coach Training (Advanced Water).

  • Valid (within 3 years) 2 day First Aid Award recognised by Paddle UK.

  • Valid (within 3 years) Safeguarding Training recognised by Paddle UK.


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Training Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £250 per person.

Assessment Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £270 for 1 -2

We can also offer 1 to 1 coach assessments at a cost of £350. Contact us

Training Prerequisites

Full home nation association membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Award or old 5 Star Canoe Leader.

Completed BCAB Core Coach Training.


Full home nation association membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

Registration with Paddle UK via your membership portal.

Completed BCAB Core Coach Training.

Completed Advanced Canoe Open Water Canoe Coach Training.

Advanced Canoe Open Water Leader Award or old 5 Star Canoe Leader.

Valid First Aid. (2-day course within 3 years).

Coach Award eLearning available upon registration.

Minimum age 18.

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British Canoeing Coach Award DocumentsOpen Water Canoe Coach (Advanced Water) Documents

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