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British Canoeing Awarding Body

White Water Canoe Coach
(Moderate Water)

White water canoe coaches are excellent leaders and paddlers who are able to develop the skills of paddlers in a structured and student centred way. They coach on grade 2(3) rivers such as the Lune, Leven and Eden in Cumbria, the Dee near Llangollen or the Tay in Perthshire.

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

British Canoeing 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 white water skills course.
  • Revisit white water canoe leader training to gather more detail and delivery tools.
  • Revisiting white water safety and rescue training.
  • 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 or 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 group members 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.


White Water Canoe Coaching in Cumbria

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 or Paddle Northern Ireland).

Completed British Canoeing Core Coach Training.

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


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

Registration with Paddle UK via your membership portal.

Completed Core Coach Training.

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

Completed White Water Canoe Coach Training.

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

Minimum age 16 years at the time of assessment.

British Canoeing Level 1 Course GuideRegistration Costs


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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