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British Canoe (BC) are the governing body of paddle sports in the UK. There’s an award for all abilities, once you’ve achieved the basics in either coaching or personal paddling the awards then become discipline specific.

CIWW are thrilled to be a British Canoeing course provider. Each course is fairly intense and follows a structured outline that covers a broad range of skills and theory. Each award is a pre-requisite for entry to the next although it can be possible to miss stages out if you have the required experience.

If you are unsure about which of the British Canoeing Courses is for you then contact us, and our team will happy to advise.


British Canoeing Activities List
BC Stand Up Paddleboarding Support Module

This course is designed to assist anyone who wants to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).

The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and develops an understanding of SUP. The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out.

By the end of this module participants should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

 
  • Understand the worldwide development of the sport and the role of the various bodies on the field including British Canoeing.
  • Understand equipment design, size and modification to suit individual requirements.
  • Provide a background to the various disciplines within SUP paddling and the specific techniques that apply to each.
  • Understand the different types of board available, their characteristics and the different techniques used on them.
  • Understanding of handling an SUP efficiently.

 

Paddlesport Leader Training

British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Training courses is way to support you in your development of the required skills. These courses typically cover leadership skills, and the associated personal skills, safety and rescue skills. As this training is delivered by British Canoeing Paddlesport Leader Providers, they will also be able to help you identify an appropriate action plan to support your progress towards a successful assessment.

 

The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

Paddlesport Leader Assessment

The Paddlesport Leader is aimed at paddlers taking on formal leadership responsibilities in benign, sheltered water environments and aims to support Leaders to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips based on their group’s needs and aspirations.

White Water Kayak Leader Training

This course delivers the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required.

The White Water Kayak Leader course content emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations.

This award is for people who want to lead competent paddlers in a 'moderate' water environment.

White Water Kayak Leader Assessment

This course delivers the skill level required to lead a group of paddlers in appropriate locations, up to moderate white water conditions and to judge the conditions and the standard of the group and make appropriate decisions along with the need to modify plans as required.

The White Water Kayak Leader course content emphasises the application of strokes to achieve suitable techniques and boat control in real situations.

Canoe Leader Training

This course delivers the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers or three tandem canoe crews, on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water

The Canoe Leader course content emphasises the application of a variety of techniques appropriate for moving water, and exposed open water, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.

Canoe Leader Assessment

This course delivers the personal skill level required to lead a group of up to four solo canoe paddlers or three tandem canoe crews, on Moderate White Water and Moderate Inland Water.

The Canoe Leader course content emphasises the application of a variety of techniques appropriate for moving water, and exposed open water, requiring the paddler to perform appropriate and effective manoeuvres in real situations.

Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)

Fundamentally this course is designed for all paddlers irrespective of their chosen craft. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can provide the paddlers with the tools to solve simple paddling problems.

The award has two purposes:

To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others

To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty

White Water Safety & Rescue Training (WWSR)

Fundamentally this course is designed for all white-water paddlers. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.

Course Aims

· To improve individual’s awareness of safety skills in the river environment.

· To teach personal survival skills.

· To teach basic throw line rescue techniques.

· To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation

· To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others.

· To introduce & develop the ‘clean rope’ principle

Paddlesport Instructor

The qualification will support the instructor with practical skills such as kitting up a group and getting afloat, initial familiarisation activities, games and activities to support learning and how to use mini journeys to support learning, inspire adventure and exploration.  This will be enhanced with support on how these sessions can be delivered in a way that is enjoyable, safe and rewarding. 

•Two days of combined training and assessment
•Only prerequisites are Home Nation membership and Foundation Safety and Rescue Training (FSRT)
•No workbook but an optional eLearning is available
•Available in stable craft including closed and open cockpit kayaks, sit-on-tops, stand-up-paddleboards, and open canoes

Core Coach Training

The emphasis of the training is to: 'observe, analyse and implement'. This means experimenting with new coaching styles and techniques. Basically, it's about putting theory into practice, giving you foundation skills and understanding, along with the confidence to transfer them into a variety of coaching situations. 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Sheltered Water

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them to craft end environment for the Sheltered Water Coach Award.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Sheltered Water

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach on sheltered water, this can either be completed in kayak, canoe, or a dual disciplne assessment covering both canoe and kayak. 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - White water Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing on moderate whitewater.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - White Water Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing on moderate whitewater.

Registration with British Canoeing is required before assessment. This will also give you access to e-Learning which needs to be completed before the assessment day.

 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Open Water Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing on moderate open water.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Open Water Canoe

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching canoeing in open water.

Registration with British Canoeing is required before assessment. This will also give you access to e-Learning which needs to be completed before the assessment day.

 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - Freestyle

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching freestyle kayaking.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - Freestyle Kayak

This award is for paddlers who would like to coach and progress freestyle paddlers. 

Discipline Specific Coach Training - White Water Kayak

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching kayak on moderate whitewater.

Discipline Specific Coach Assessment - White Water Kayak

This course takes the theories and principles covered in the Core Coach Training course and applies them specifically to coaching kayak on moderate whitewater.

This 2 day course is required before accessing the 1 day discipline specific assessment.

Coaching the Mind (Intermediate)

This module is aimed at coaches, parents and paddlers who are interested in using psychology to improve performance in paddlesport.
The module begins with a quick recap of the topics covered in the Coaching the Mind Foundation Module, it then moves on to explore attentional focus, imagery, and arousal. Individual analysis methods, the use of self-talk and pre-performance routines are discussed, and explained. While performance profiling tools and the use of goal setting are also covered. The module finishes by exploring motivational factors, motivational climate and attributions.

Personal Performance Awards

Each of the 12 disciplines has three awards, which means there is something for everyone. With a range of different environments and crafts, this enables the individual to make choices on the type of craft and environment they wish to paddle.

Paddle Start - Encouragement award at someone new to paddlesports

Paddle Discover - Enable the paddler to develop decision making and fundamental skills

Paddle Explore - An award that empowers and supports the individual paddler