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Open Water Canoe Coach Assessment

Assessments don’t need to be difficult. On a Wild River coach assessment we will give you the opportunity to work with students who are keen to learn from you. We will bring students who are receptive to learning and open to the coaching you deliver.

As with all our courses this assessment will be run in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

Each candidate will be given a small group of students to teach. After a period of observation and analysis you can coach your students towards your agreed goal.

Open Water Canoe Coach Assessment

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.


When you contact British Canoeing prior to assessment the check in will reflect your difference in pre-requisites.

Sample Programme

  • Meet for introductions and paperwork
  • Venue and equipment familiarisation
  • Briefing on the outline of the day and expectations
  • Introduction and allocation of students
  • Run coaching sessions
  • Lunch
  • Personal skill check
  • Rescue skill check
  • Debriefs


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.


Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Cost: £200 per person (requires 2 candidates to run).

We can also offer 1 to 1 coach assessments at a cost of £300. Contact us


Registration with British Canoeing (see link below).

Coach Award e-Learning

Core Coach Training

Open Water Canoe Coach Training

Canoe Leader Award (formerly 4 Star Leader).

Valid First Aid. (Minimum one day course within 3 years).

Child Protection Training

British Canoeing membership (see link below).

Aged over 16.

Prior to assessment you must ensure that all the pre-requisites are in place by checking-in with British Canoeing. Assessment check-in can be completed using your member portal. You should do this at least a few days before the assessment. If you have any problems please call your National Association direct.


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British Canoeing Assessment Discussion Task ExampleAssessment Discussion Task Example

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