The Club’s Coaches are qualified under the British Canoeing’s Coaching Scheme. The award held determines whether they can coach or lead on on white water and flat water, and in which discipline of the sport. A list of coaches can be found in the club yearbook. All are volunteers and provide free coaching to members at the Club and on trips.
Although we appear to have many coaches, they are not always available, so we always need more volunteers interested in becoming coaches, or competent helpers to assist Coaches. (Please see below for details of how to become a coach).
The club has a coaching development plan to encourage coaches to develop their skill and to develop new coaches for the club. This includes supporting coaches undertaking training courses. For more information about the coaching or how to get involved with coaching at the club, contact the club’s Coaching Officer.
The British Canoeing coaching and leadership awards have changed in January 2018, so new coaches can now start with the Coach Award, and choose which area of the sport they want to specialise in.
To start training as a coach the only pre-requisite is to join British Canoeing before attending a course, although some disciplines require additional pre-requisites. More important are ensuring you have the personal skills, safety skills and most importantly the enthusiasm needed to become a coach. If you are interested in becoming a coach or want more information on coaching qualifications speak to the club’s Coaching Officer.
To coach at the club we also require coaches to hold a current First Aid certificate appropriate to their coaching qualification and be DBS checked (formerly CRB Check). Note: it is possible to do the coaching awards as a bank based coach.