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.

Prerequisites

  • 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.

Prerequisites

  • 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

White Water Kayak Coach

If you’re looking to coach white water kayak on moderate water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for white water kayakers. This practical based 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 relevant to you and the white water environment.

This Discipline Specific Training is a mostly practical two day course. The training is designed for those working towards a Coach Award and is also suitable as stand-alone training. Please note, for the Open Water Canoe, Sea Kayak, Surf Kayak, White Water Canoe, White Water Kayak options, you will need to complete the relevant Leadership Award ahead of the Discipline Specific training. 

The Independent and Supplementary Learning includes completion of the Coach Award eLearning, which can be accessed by completing a CR Form. Alongside face-to-face training, coaches need to learn and develop their craft out in the field. We consider this to be a critical element to support coach development and we aim to provide some guidance to help you steer your way through this. During your development period (and in preparation for assessment) it is important that you engage in activities that help you:

  • practice and refine the application of theory to practice
  • develop as an effective learner
  • develop the depth and breadth of your discipline-specific experience and knowledge
  • develop your understanding, depth and breadth of supporting knowledge
  • develop your personal coaching philosophy

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • White Water Kayak Leader
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

To become a White Water Kayak 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.

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • White Water Kayak Coach Training
  • White Water Kayak Leader
  • Coach Award E-Learning
  • 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

Sheltered Water Canoe and Kayak Coach

If you’re looking to coach canoeing and kayaking on sheltered water, this two day training focuses on how to coach the technical and tactical skills for canoe and/or kayak paddlers in a sheltered water environment. The course will help you plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and you’ll explore specifics to help you coach some typical learners relevant to you and the sheltered water environment.

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership

Recommended Equipment

Personal paddling equipment for sheltered water environment.

If you need any equipment then please get in touch prior to the course. Email coaching@RockTheBoatActivities.co.uk

To become a Sheltered Water Canoe and Kayak 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.

Prerequisites

  • Core Coach Training
  • Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Training
  • Coach Award E-Learning
  • Assessment Check In

Evidence of minimum standards of deployment:

  • Valid 1 day First Aid Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • Full Home Nation Association Membership
  • Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment

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

Prerequisites

  • 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.


Paddlesport Instructor

If you’re looking to become a Paddlesport Instructor, this two day combined training and assessment course will support you to run games and activities to support learning and inspire adventure and exploration for new paddlers in stable craft. On this practical course, you will learn skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities and how to use mini journeys to support learning. This qualification is open to everyone!

The main aim of an entry level qualification is to show your passion for paddlesport and start to inspire the next generation of paddlers with taster sessions and beginner level courses.

Rock the Boat Activities offers this course over two days, run by an enthusiastic British Canoeing coach educator.

Visit the British Canoeing website for more information:

British Canoeing – Paddlesport Instructor

 

This course requires a minimum of 6 participants to run

Prerequisites

  • Foundation Safety and Rescue training
  • Aged 14 or over
  • Home Nation Coach Registration (CR) Form
  • National Association membership

Recommended Equipment to bring

Personal paddling equipment for sheltered water environment.

If you need any equipment then please get in touch prior to the course. Email Info@RockTheBoatActivities.co.uk

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