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Open Water Canoe Coach
(Moderate Water)

As an open water canoe coach you can coach students in large areas of open water upto 500m from the shore with wind up to force 4. You can develop all facets of open water paddling such as precise manoeuvring or use of the wind to aid movement.

Great coaches empower students to improve their paddling with appropriate practise tasks that have easily achieved self check feedback.

Open Water Canoe Coach Assessment

On our two day training course we will help you develop your coaching, focussing on:

  • How to gather good technical and tactical understanding.
  • Using observation and analysis skills to set clear goals for students.
  • Using the appropriate teaching strategy for the student, environment and learning outcome.
  • Setting appropriate practise tasks that give feedback.
  • Use of video analysis as a feedback tool.
  • Reflective practice.

All students will leave the course with a clear and measureable action plan that maps their route to assessment.


How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


Great coaches will have an in depth knowledge of the craft in the environment. You might decide to add your knowledge by:

  • Attending an intermediate or advanced skills course.
  • Revisiting open water canoe leader training to gather more detail and delivery tools.
  • Attend a canoe performance award to gather precise technical knowledge and practice tasks.
  • Create a coaching group and bring us in to mentor you for a day.
  • Receive some individualised bespoke training.

How does assessment work?


On an assessment candidates will deliver a coaching session to between 2 and 4 students lasting a minimum of 90 minutes.

To complete the assessment the students must be seen to have developed their paddling skill related to the goals agreed between the candidate and the students.

Over the course of the assessment candidates will be asked to demonstrate the appropriate rescue skills for the environment

Prior to an assessment you will be given the opportunity to contact the students to gather information about their ability, equipment needs and aspirations for the day. You will be encouraged to plan the day in detail with logistical support from Wild River if necessary.

Wild River runs single day assessments with dates on the website. Alternatively 1-1 assessments can be set up on dates that suit the individual.


Open Water Canoe Coach

Open Water Canoe Coach Assessment

Training Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £220

Assessment Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £270 for 1 to 2.

We can also offer 1 to 1 coach assessments at a cost of £350. Contact us

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Training Prerequisites

Full home nation association membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland).

Completed Core Coach Training.

Canoe Open Water Leader Award or old 4 Star Canoe Leader Award.



Full Home Nation Association Membership (Paddle England, Paddle Scotland, Canoe Wales, Paddle Northern Ireland)..

Registration with Paddle UK via your membership portal.

Completed Core Coach Training.

Canoe Open Water Leader Award or old 4 Star Canoe Leader

Completed Open Water Canoe Coach Training.

Valid First Aid. (2-day course within 3 years).

Minimum age 16 years at the time of assessment.

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Coach Award Course GuideCoach Award Documents

Wild River Crib SheetObservation and Analysis Crib Sheet

Speed and Angle Tool

Observation Sheet

Working with Unknown Students

Coach Award e-learning

How to Register Video

British Canoeing Coach Assessment Day PackAssessment Day Pack

British Canoeing Assessment Discussion Task ExampleAssessment Discussion Task Example

British Canoeing Environmental DefinitionsEnvironmental Definitions

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