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British Canoeing

Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Assessment

During a British Canoeing Level 2 paddlesport coach assessment we will assess your ability to coach intermediate paddlers in canoe and kayak. We can deliver a level 2 coach assessment in two ways. The traditional manner is to book a space on one of our scheduled assessments. Otherwise we can come and watch you work with your students at your local venue. This one to one assessment can be arranged on dates that suit you. Please contact us to discuss this.

As with all our assessments we will provide students for you to work with. All we ask is that you meet your students, so you can assess their needs in order to make them better. We will create the opportunity for you to work with your students for the morning, while being watched unobtrusively by our highly experienced coaches.

We are very aware of the stressful nature of assessments. Our staff are very experienced outdoor professionals who will do everything possible to put you at your ease. We will make sure you understand all instructions and what the plan is for the day. We are very happy to lay out our expectations for you as a coach any stage. We encourage you to ask questions to make sure you understand the tasks we are asking you to complete.

Level 2 Coach Preparation Sessions

Many candidates find Level 2 development sessions extremely useful in preparation for their assessment. If you feel additional preparation woud be useful please see course calendars for dates of sessions or contact us.

Level 2 Preparation

Sample Itinerary

Sample itinerary for a British Canoeing Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Assessment day*

0900 Meet staff for briefing and equipment checks
0930 Meet your students and plan activities
1000 Run sessions with your students
1200 lunch
1300 assessment of personal skills
1400 assessment of rescue skills
1600 Action planning and individual debriefs

*Please note that all programmes must be flexible.

BCU Level 2 Coach Assessment

It is essential that completed portfolios are sent to Wild River at least two weeks prior to the assessment. Please send a paper copy and keep the original in case it gets lost.

This link will give you the list of paperwork that must be included at the end of your assessment. It should give a fairly clear picture of the information that is needed.

If operating on pre January 2014 paperwork please contact us.

Portfolios should be posted to:

Sean McGrath, The Boathouse, 4 Council Houses, Thiefside, Calthwaite, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 9RG


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.
BCU Level 2 Coach Assesssment
BCU Level 1 Coach Course


Complete British Canoeing Level 2 Paddlesport Coach Training or gain APL from British Canoeing.

Have logged a minimum of 20 hours of quality coaching since training.

Hold a valid First Aid certificate.

Evidence of Child Protection Training.

Hold British Canoeing 3 Star award in the discipline being assessed.

Have completed all the tasks in the Candidate’s Assessment Portfolio. This is a crucial element and will take significant time to deal with after the practical assessment. British Canoeing will not accept any incomplete portfolios and they will be sent back costing many extra months of time.


BCU Level 2 Course Guide

Assessment Day Pack

Candidate Portfolio

Candidate Support PackCandidate Support Pack

Level 2 Appendices

Level 2 Assessment Guidance

Assessment Paperwork Guide

Session Planner and Self Reflection Forms V1

Session Planner and Self Reflection Forms V2

Environmental Definitions

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