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British Canoeing

Canoe​ ​and​ ​Kayak​ ​Coach​ ​​Training
(Sheltered​ ​Water)

This course is the training for coaches who want to progress to sheltered water coach. It takes the underpinning knowledge of the core coach training and applies to coaching students in sheltered water up to and including the 2 star award.

Water park Adventure Centre

Who should do this course?

  • Paddlers who wish to work with students to coach improvement beyond introductory sessions will enjoy this course.
  • Club coaches who have completed the core training and wish to develop further their technical and tactical understanding to continue their development.
  • Paddlers who completed the ‘old’ level 2 coach training can proceed to sheltered water coach trainingin their preferred craft. They might, however decide that two days of training might help them refresh and update their knowledge as they prepare for the assessment.

This course will look at:

  • Goal setting and matching teaching strategy to the goal and the duration of the session.
  • Technical understanding of fundamental boat movement and development of technical templates.
  • Boat outfitting and sizing of equipment.
  • Skill breakdown.
  • Development of progressions to link learning.
  • Practice tasks to enable clear observation and analysis.
  • Use of intrinsic feedback strategies.
  • Planning a series of development sessions towards a student goal.

All students will leave the course with a clear and precise action plan. This will include feedback on:

  • Personal skill against the level 2 coach benchmark.
  • Technical understanding and knowledge of technical templates.
  • Coaching delivery.
  • Rescue skill.

On this course you will have the opportunity to use our fleet of Dagger white water kayaks; a range of high quality VE canoe and kayak paddles; our fleet of canoes; a variety of sea kayaks and touring boats, including Wllderness Systems sea kayaks.

At the end of the course you will receive a discount voucher for £55 off the full price of a place on one of our performance awards. Terms apply.

Course Dates

20,21 January 2020
7,8 March 2020

Course fee: £200 (£375 if booked with Core Coach Training). Fee includes the use of boats.


British Canoeing Membership (see link below).

Completed Core Coach Training or completed old Level 2 Coach Training.

Resources and Links

British Canoeing CR formCR Form

British Canoeing Coach Award Course GuideCoach Award Course Guide

Membership FormBritish Canoeing Membership Form 2017

Wild River Session PlannerWR Session Planner

Coach Award e-learning

Wild River manoeuvres for sheltered waterManoeuvres for Sheltered Water

Rescue skills check listRescue Skills Check List

Coach Award
Coach Award Training

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