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British Canoeing

White Water Kayak Coach Assessment (Advanced Water)

The assessment will take place over one day. Candidates will be assessed working with a ‘real’ group of paddlers at, or around, the old 4 Star technical standard on grade 2/3 white water. The day will consist of two coaching sessions; candidates will be expected to show sound performance that provides suitable progressions and coaching to the needs of the learners. Personal paddling, safety management, and leadership skills will be assessed alongside coaching performance. Coaching practice will be assessed at a similar standard to that expected at British Canoeing Level 2, although now applied in a more dynamic and changing environment.

This one-day assessment looking at your British Canoeing coaching knowledge applied to a moderate water environment. 

After successful completion of this award you can coach all levels of performers on grade 2 white water and start working on your 3 star assessor logbook. 

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 coach training courses prior to January 2018 please see Appendix 1.

Advice transferring BC Coach AwardsBritish Canoeing advice for coaches transferring to the new Coach Awards.


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.



There are a wide range of rivers available to use in Cumbria. The final choice of venue will be made in the days prior to the start of the course. You will be told the exact meeting place for the first morning a couple of days before the course.

If water levels in Cumbria don’t seem to be appropriate we will move the course to a suitable venue. North west Scotland is a very good possibility, however North Wales and Eastern Scotland are also possible venues.  As the course gets closer we will chat about venues as we get a better picture of water levels.


Course Dates

25 November 2021

Course fee: £220

We can also offer 1 to 1 coach assessments at a cost of £270. Contact us


Registration with British Canoeing (see link below).

Complete Coach Award e-Learning

Core Coach Training

Advanced White Kayak Coach Training

Advanced White Water Kayak Leader Award (formerly 5 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. 


Coach Award Course GuideCoach Award Course Guide

How to Register Video

British Canoeing Membership FormBC Membership Form

British Canoeing Coach Assessment Day PackAssessment Day Pack

British Canoeing Coach Assessment GuidanceAssessment Guidance Notes

British Canoeing Assessment Discussion Task ExampleAssessment Discussion Task Example

Coach Award Assessment Discussion Task ExampleCoach Award e-Learning

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