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British Canoeing Awarding Body

White Water Canoe Coach
(Advanced Water)

As an advanced white water canoe coach you can coach in the most advanced canoe environment. Improving paddlers skills on advanced water such as the Leven in Cumbria, The leny, Orchy, Garry  in Scotland. Maybe even the Mawwdach and Tryweryn.

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

Canoe White Water Canoe Advanced Water

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 advanced white water skills course.
  • Attending white water safety and rescue training.
  • Revisiting advanced leader training.
  • Creating a coaching group and bringing us in to mentor you for a day.
  • Receiving some individualised bespoke trainin.

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.



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 Pre-requisites

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

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

Completed BCAB Core Coach Training.


Paddlers wishing to complete the assessment are required to register with Paddle UK. This can be accessed via your membership portal.

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

Completed Core Coach Training.

Completed Advanced Canoe White Water Canoe Coach Training.

Advanced Canoe White 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 Level 1 Course GuideRegistration Costs


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

British Canoeing Environmental DefinitionsEnvironmental Definitions

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