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Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Coach

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Stand up paddleboard coaches can develop paddleboard skills on flat and perhaps windy water. They have a clear understanding of how to move a paddleboard effectively with strong fundamental skills. They will have a variety of strategies to deliver learning to a variety of students.

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 wish to further develop coaching
  • Outdoor professionals who wish to provide higher level British Canoeing awards.

Paddleboarding on Coniston

The training course will look at:

  • Goal setting and matching teaching strategies to the aims and the duration of the session.
  • Technical understanding of fundamental skill and development of technical templates.
  • Skill breakdown.
  • Practice tasks to enable clear observation and analysis.
  • Development of progressions to link learning.
  • Use of intrinsic feedback strategies.
  • Reflective practice.

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

  • Technical understanding and knowledge of technical templates.
    Coaching delivery.
    Rescue skill.

How can Wild River help prepare you for the assessment?


Two weeks prior to the assessment we will need:

  • Proof of pre-requisites check from Paddle UK.
  • A completed professional discussion task.

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

  • A Wild River skills course.
  • Sup Sheltered water performance award to develop personal skill, technical understand and a range of practice tasks.
  • Revisit rescue training.
  • Create a coaching group and bring us in to mentor you for a day.
  • Receive some individualised bespoke training.

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.

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.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

Training Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £220

Assessment Dates

Dates to be arranged.

Course fee: £270 for 1 -2

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

Training Prerequisites

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

Completed British Canoeing Core Coach Training.


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.

Completed Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Coach Training.

Valid First Aid. (1-day course within 3 years).

Minimum age 16 years at the time of assessment.

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideRegistration Costs


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Observation Sheet

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British Canoeing Coach Assessment Day PackAssessment Day Pack

British Canoeing Assessment Discussion Task ExampleAssessment Discussion Task Example

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