Paddlesport Qualification Courses
I can provide limited quantities of ‘specialist’ equipment for courses (including open canoes and SUPs), but normally expect participants to provide their own general purpose kayaks, paddles, clothing and Personal Protective Equipment.
Prices vary depending on the course, but are generally around £60-80 per person per day (for courses with 3 or more participants), plus NGB registration/certification fees (or a negotiated daily rate for 1:1 or 1:2 or group / club / organisation bookings).
British Canoeing Generic Paddle Awards
The Paddle Start Award is for your first session on the water; learning useful skills for an enjoyable paddling experience. It aims to provide you with the basic knowledge to enable you to safely get in and out of your boat, make it move and return to your start point. This is your first step into the world of paddling, ensuring you feel safe, confident and ready to progress to the Discover Award.
The Paddle Discover Award allows you to develop your decision making and practical skills for a fun and safe time on the water, taking you on the next steps towards becoming a proficient and independent paddler. Learn how to choose and effectively use equipment, whilst developing an understanding of the factors which affect your paddling; giving you the confidence to progress to making your own choices with the Explore Award.
The Paddle Explore Award gives you ownership; allowing you to choose where you move next in the world of paddlesport. Working with a coach you will be able to develop a programme that suits what you need. Learning to make confident choices with this individualised approach. Recognising your ability to independently paddle your chosen craft in a sheltered water environment.
The amount of training required for these generic awards (which may be undertaken in kayak, canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard) depends on prior experience. As a guideline, participants should expect to spend a day or more honing their skills. Assessment can usually be completed in half a day and may even be possible as ‘continual assessment’ during training, for ‘good’ candidates.
Training and assessment for the Paddle Awards is on sheltered water, such as the River Usk at Brecon Promenade, Llangorse Lake or the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal.
Minimum 2, maximum 8 candidates.
British Canoeing White Water Award Training and Assessment
Training and assessment for the White Water Award is on grade 2(3) water, such as upper stretches of the Usk and Wye (in winter) or the Dee, Tryweryn or Teifi (all year).
Minimum 2, maximum 6 candidates.
British Canoeing Canoe Award Training and Assessment
The amount of training required for the Canoe Award depends on prior experience; but as a guideline, participants should expect to spend one day on open water and one day on a river honing their skills, with either ‘continual assessment’ or a separate one-day assessment.
Training and assessment for the Canoe Award is on open water such as Pontsticill Reservoir / Llangorse Lake and grade 1 rivers such as lower stretches of the Usk and Wye.
Minimum 2, maximum 6 candidates.
British Canoeing Slalom Awards
I am able to assess slalom paddlers for any of the British Canoeing Slalom Awards, usually as part of their ongoing club, regional or national training programme.
The Slalom Explore Award is designed to develop the foundation in slalom techniques and skills as you start your journey into slalom. It develops your ability to apply your choices to an enjoyable paddling session on the water, looking at the factors which affect your decisions on where and how to train. You will develop your speed and agility to play on powerful white water rapids, learning to handle the challenges that forces of nature may bring, with precise decision making skills. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for building the experience and knowledge associated with Slalom Perform Award holders.
The Slalom Perform Award is designed to progress your slalom techniques and skills, giving you the ability to plan and apply appropriate decision making skills according to the environment. It will give you the ability to apply your choices to an enjoyable training session on the water, further developing your speed and agility to play on powerful white water rapids. You will create confident and proficient use of skills and equipment to be in control throughout the training session with precise decision making skills. Your award should be seen as a sound basis for independently building the experience and expertise associated with Slalom Excel Award holders.
The Slalom Excel Award is designed to advance your ability to apply appropriate decision making skills to deliver a plan in an advanced slalom environment, using techniques appropriate to the environment and gate sequence. You will deliver with conviction and speed whilst demonstrating the ability to adapt your plan and take on appropriate opportunities in the moment. As a Slalom Paddler, you will be able to demonstrate the capacity to associate different moves and explore new boat, body, blade movements and trajectories. You will learn to handle the challenges that forces of nature may bring with precision and create high levels of skills to be in control throughout the training session.
British Canoeing Foundation Safety & Rescue Training
The FSRT course is a pre-requisite for the British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award.
Emergency / Aquatic First Aid Level 1 (1-day course) and Level 2 (2-day course)
Minimum 2, maximum 12 candidates. Minimum age 14 (1-day) / 16 (2-day) (although a 4-hour Primary First Aid course is also available for younger candidates and for e.g. volunteers requiring an introductory qualification).
British Canoeing Paddlesport Instructor Award Training and Assessment
The Paddlesport Instructor qualification is designed for instructors running paddlesport taster/starter sessions within the safety management systems of clubs, centres or other organisations in:
- Very Sheltered Water environments; and
- Craft deemed suitable for a first-time experience (kayak, canoe, sit on top or stand up paddleboard).
The process of completing the qualification aims to help prepare candidates for their first paddlesport instructing role; ‘primed and ready’.
The combined training / assessment runs over 2 days; and requires candidates to have personal paddling (equivalent to the former 2*-level) and rescue competence in one type of craft (kayak, open canoe, sit on top, or stand up paddleboard); and to have completed Foundation Safety & Rescue Training.
British Canoeing Coach Award Training and Assessment
The Coach Award is designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within their chosen discipline. 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.
I am able to offer Discipline Specific Training (2 days, 2-4 candidates) and Assessment (1 day, 1-2 candidates) in:
- Sheltered Water Kayak
- Sheltered Water Canoe
- Sheltered Water Canoe & Kayak (combined)
- White Water Kayak
- White Water Canoe
- Open Water Canoe
Candidates for Discipline Specific Training must have completed Core Coach Award Training (2 days) and, for moderate water variants, must hold the relevant Leader (4*) Award.
I can also arrange Core Coach Award training and Slalom Coach training (in association with other coaches) if required.
Course Cancellation Policy
If a course is cancelled by me, I will offer a choice between transferring fees to the next available course or receiving a full refund. Refunds will only include fees paid to me for the event, compensation will not be paid for incidental costs or expenses and I recommend that candidates use refundable vendors for accommodation, travel etc. If you cancel your place after booking, you will be liable for the full course fee unless I can recover some or all of the cost of your place from elsewhere (e.g. if you can find another, additional, candidate to take your place).