Core Coach Training

The Coach Awards are designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline/environment. The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.

There are 18 options available covering all of our main disciplines and environments.

The Core training is the initial 2 days of the coach award journey. 2 days of getting to grips with the coaching ideas and principals to help build your coaching toolbox on your journey to becoming a coach.

There is flexibility for the training to be offered to mixed (all disciplines) or single discipline groups (e.g. a group of slalom coaches). It may be run back-to-back with Discipline Specific Training or separate from it.

Coaches can repeat the course to support their on-going learning and it can be accessed as stand-alone training for continued professional development. The training will have no expiry.

The only prerequisite is full Home Nation Association Membership.

Whats included

  • High quality delivery team who will support you through the course
  • Access to a range of boats – feel free to bring your own though
  • Warm, comfortable, clean and modern waterside facilities
  • Classroom facilities

What to bring with you

  • Your British Canoeing  membership card
  • Paddlesport clothing suitable for your chosen discipline
  • Your own paddle and craft if you have one (we have boats and equipment)
  • Packed lunch
  • Note pad and pen


  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • You will also need a base level of knowledge about the discipline(s) you wish to coach; this provides the content of WHAT you will be coaching.
  • Whilst the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor eLearning covers the expected prior knowledge of the HOW to coach content.
  • Your course provider can provide further guidance.


There is no need to register for this course with British Canoeing however membership is required.