Freestyle Coach

If you’re looking to coach Freestyle, this two-day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for Freestyle paddlers. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore the specifics to help you coach some typical learners and athletes relevant to you and Freestyle.

This Discipline Specific Training focuses on HOW to coach the discipline-specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching. The training explores how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help coaches plan and deliver safe, enjoyable progressive coaching sessions and explore specifics to help coaches coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline. The course will cover the content delivered in your core training but out in the discipline-specific environment.

This course will have elements of classroom contact with 80% of the course being water-based.

The syllabus is based on the knowledge, understanding and skills that the coaches need to ensure the athletes/learners in their care are appropriately provided for. This includes:

  • assessing athlete/learner performance and needs
  • designing and delivering progressive practise/training sessions to meet these needs
  • managing safety
  • creating an enjoyable motivating learning environment
  • skills to support your own personal learning and professional development

Course Layout

Day 1: You, your peers and the provider will be out playing with ideas and theories while getting to grips with the environments in the eyes of a freestyle coach. This day is all about giving it all a go.

Day 2: We will have real students arrive for you to give it all a go! A great way to try new ideas and concepts with the ongoing development of a training course happening.


  • National Association membership
  • British Canoeing Core Coach Training
  • 17 years or older

Recommended Equipment

  • Freestyle Craft (If water-based)
  • Personal Paddling Equipment
  • Any safety equipment you would carry on the water
  • Lunch and water
  • note pad and pen

To become a Freestyle Coach, you will need to successfully complete a one day, mainly practical assessment. This will include assessment of your practical coaching and safety and rescue skills; supplemented with professional discussion and questioning.


  • Core Coach Training
  • Freestyle Training
  • Coach Award eLearning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 2 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment