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Stand Up Paddleboard White​ ​Water​ Coach​ (Moderate Water)

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White water sup coaches can develop sup paddlers in grade 2(3) white water. They have a deep understanding of how white water rivers work alongside a clear set of board handling tools. They combine this with coaching knowledge to develop students over the long term towards their goals.

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

SUP white water coach training

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.
  • Attending a whitewater sup performance award to develop technical understanding and gather practice tasks.
  • Creating a coaching group and bring us in to mentor you for a day.
  • Receiving 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.


Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP White Water Coach

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 Pre-requisites

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

Completed Core Coach Training.

Completed White Water Safety and Rescue 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 White Water Coach Training.

Completed White Water Safety and Rescue Training.

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

Minimum age 16 years at the time of assessment.

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