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SUP Sheltered Water Coach Assessment

During a SUP sheltered water coach assessment we will assess your ability to coach intermediate paddlers. We can deliver a sheltered water coach assessment in a variety of ways. The traditional manner is to book a place 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.

British Canoeing SUP Coach Assessment

As with all our assessments we will provide students for you to work with. We will create the opportunity for you to work with your students while being watched unobtrusively by our highly experienced coaches.

Prior to an assessment we will give you as much information about the students as possible. You will be encouraged to contact them and gather information to assist in your planning for your assessment.

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 that 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.

British Canoeing SUP 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 in 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...

  • If the assessment involves leadership or coaching of others we will do our best to bring real students for you to coach our lead.
  • We will assess you at the correct standard as stated in the syllabus.
  • We will make sure that the assessment environment is at the right standard, eg a grade 2 river for moderate water canoe leader assessments.
  • We will give you as much time as possible to show what you can do.
  • We will make sure you fully understand what you need to do.
  • We will take you through the assessment process in short steps that are clear and simple.
  • We will be supportive and do our best to make sure you are as relaxed as possible.
  • Our decisions will be made based solely on performance and not with any bias of any sort.
  • All our assessment team are encouraged to smile and give you a hug when you need it.


Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £200

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


Registration with British Canoeing (see link below).

Coach Award e-Learning.

Completed Core Coach Training.

Completed SUP Sheltered Water Coach Training

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.

Resources and Links

Coach Award Course GuideCoach Award Course Guide

How to Register Video

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 e-Learning

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