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British Canoeing Awarding Body announces the NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor

We are pleased to share that British Canoeing Awarding Body has today announced the NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Instructor award, which is designed for Instructors running SUP taster/starter sessions and short journeys in very sheltered water environments. The 2 day course helps to prepare candidates for their first SUP instructing role, ensuring they are ‘primed…
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BCAB announces a new Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course

We are pleased to share that in January 2023, British Canoeing Awarding Body will be replacing the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training with a Paddlesport Safety and Rescue Course which aims to provide paddlers with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely and to be able to deal with common problems in…
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NEW SUP Safer course

If you’re looking to raise your awareness of paddling your SUP safely in a sheltered water environment, then the NEW SUP Safer course is for you! British Canoeing Awarding Body has today announced the NEW SUP Safer course, aimed at anyone new or relatively novice to Stand Up Paddleboarding, wanting to gain knowledge and raise…
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Stadium Safety and Rescue Training Weekend

A great weekend had by all in sunny Nottingham, with a range of Stadium Safety and Rescue Provider Moderations, Orientations and 4 training courses taking place. During the 14th and 15th May, 40 learners took part in the Stadium Safety and Rescue training, considering a range of safe practices and learning simple practical solutions to…
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Become a Provider of the NEW Paddle Safer course

We are pleased to share that British Canoeing Awarding Body has today announced the launch of the NEW Paddle Safer course which gives new and novice paddlers the opportunity to develop their safety skills when taking to the water. British Canoeing Awarding Body Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides will be able to deliver the NEW…
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Sea Kayak Performance Coach

The Performance Coach Goes Global

In March 2022, the first BCAB Performance Coach Community of Learning Event outside of the UK took place in Stonington Connecticut, USA with 14 candidates and 3 facilitators. The weekend was intense but enjoyable, with multiple learning opportunities for candidates and facilitators alike. The Community of Learning events provide opportunities to explore ‘Performance Coaching’ and…
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Update to Stadium Safety and Rescue Training Provider Requirements

We are pleased to share that we will be broadening the Stadium Safety and Rescue Training Provider requirements to enable more paddlers to deliver the training and therefore, support safety at stadiums. The Stadium Safety and Rescue Training is designed for individuals wanting to provide safety cover at an artificial, white water course. The objective…
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Become a Provider

We are pleased to share that Provider applications will open 1st April 2022. We are currently recruiting for all roles until  midday on the 29th April 2022. Being a Provider is demanding but also very rewarding. You will be directly supporting, mentoring and assessing candidates who go on to introduce, support and develop tens of…
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Update to Coach Award eLearning

As part of the British Canoeing Awarding Body review of the Coach Award qualification, the Coach Award eLearning has been updated to ensure a high quality of standard across all of our digital resources. If you have previously accessed the Coach Award eLearning, you will have been granted access to the new version automatically for your…
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NEW Equipment Management and Safety eLearning

We are pleased to introduce the NEW Equipment Management and Safety eLearning. Managing equipment appropriately is an important consideration for everyone involved in paddlesport activity. For many, such as clubs and commercial activity providers, managing equipment is second nature but it is important to understand the legal requirements of equipment management and how good practice…
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NEW Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion eLearning

We are pleased to share the NEW BCAB Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion eLearning, which is FREE for the paddling community. The module gives learners an insight into a range of topics, with interactive activities and resources throughout the module. Learners will also be signposted to further information about specific topics, such as LGBTQ+…
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Stand Up Paddleboard Leashes

As part of the continual work to raise safety awareness for anyone paddling a Stand Up Paddleboard, British Canoeing Awarding Body, alongside the SUP Technical Group, have produced a short instruction video. The video includes the different leashes available, quick release systems, use of buoyancy aids and additional safety equipment for consideration. Click here to…
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NEW Personal Performance Award Provider Refresher eLearning

We are pleased to introduce the new Personal Performance Award Provider Refresher eLearning. This eLearning is aimed at existing PPA Providers to ensure continual development, standardisation and delivery of our Educational Philosophy. We have developed this eLearning update to revisit the awards, explore methods of delivery as well as focus on a specific area to…
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NEW Assessing Competence in the Paddlesport Environment eLearning

We are delighted to share the NEW BCAB Assessing Competence in the Paddlesport Environment (ACPE) eLearning. This eLearning focuses on the processes of assessing as well as the standardisation of assessment across awards and qualifications. It’s full of great information to help both new and experienced assessors consider their current practice. This would be suitable…
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NEW Risk Management and Risk Assessment eLearning

We are pleased to introduce the NEW Risk Management and Risk Assessment eLearning. This is a great resource for instructors, coaches, leaders, providers, deployers and activity providers, looking to further develop an understanding of the responsibilities of managing risk, as well as identifying risk and writing risk assessments. The eLearning covers three activities – Responsibilities…
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Updating your CPD

In 2020, British Canoeing Awarding Body introduced a NEW supportive points based CPD process. Aligned with our Educational Philosophy, CPD is now individualised, allowing the Instructor, Coach and Leader to consider what areas they may need to develop. This process is simple, easy to upload and gives you the opportunity to recognise all of your…
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Become a Raft Guide

At Paddles Up Training, we are pleased to deliver British Canoeing Awarding Body Raft Guide qualifications that are recognised and used throughout the UK and Internationally. Within the UK, British Canoeing Awarding Body is the only recognised paddlesport Awarding Body, providing qualifications and awards for over 35 years. Due to the regulated status, we are…
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NEW Introduction to Fitness in Paddlesport eLearning

We are pleased to introduce the NEW Introduction to Fitness in Paddlesport eLearning. Aimed at paddlers, parents, instructors, coaches and leaders, fitness is a key consideration for anyone involved in paddlesport. This activity introduces the ‘who’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fitness in paddlesport and covers an introduction of: How to invest time in fitness Components…
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Structured Paddling Activity in England

Structured Paddling Activity in England

Structured Paddling Activity in England – Updated 29th March 2021 Covid secure structured and organised outdoor activity can be delivered by Coaches, Leaders, Course Providers and Delivery Partners – for an unlimited number of participants, provided that appropriate steps are taken to make it Covid secure. Organised and structured activity must be formally organised by…
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Online Coach Award Core Coach Training now available

British Canoeing Awarding Body is delighted to be launching the online Coach Award Core Coach Training programme. Over the past month,  Paddles Up Training have been ensuring providers are equipped and trained to provide the highly popular training course online. By providing an online option for paddlers to engage in the Coach Award Core Training…
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Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid courses accepted as CPD

We are pleased to share that we will now automatically be accepting Mental Health Awareness and Mental Health First Aid courses as CPD. We know that many Instructors, Coaches and Leaders already recognise the importance of mental health training. The training opportunities available help raise awareness of mental health and support you to be able…
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NEW Stadium Personal Performance Awards

British Canoeing Awarding Body has announced that we are introducing two new Personal Performance Awards, for those looking to develop their personal skills on man-made, artificial white water courses. The NEW Stadium White Water Award and Progressive Stadium White Water Award are designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision making skills for a…
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British Canoeing Awarding Body launches NEW Leadership and Raft Guide awards suite and supportive resources

We are pleased to announce that the NEW Leadership and Raft Guide Awards are now available. The new awards aim to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders. The new suite of awards align to the British Canoeing Educational Philosophy. The awards support you to run safe, quality,…
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New Leadership and Raft Guide Award course documents now available

The new Leadership and Raft Guide course documents are now on the British Canoeing Awarding Body website. Available from January 2021, the awards aim to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders and raft guides. The awards align to the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy and support…
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Choosing Your SUP Leash

Choosing Your SUP Leash!

If you use a Stand Up Paddleboard, choosing your SUP leash is a vital decision for your safety and that of your group when coaching and leading. It keeps you and your paddleboard together when things don’t go to plan. Choosing your SUP leash for the environment and conditions you are paddling in is essential.…
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Paddlesport Leader

Get ready for your Leadership Award!

In January 2021, British Canoeing Awarding Body will introduce a new Leadership Award suite aligned to the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy, aimed at increasing the number of qualified leaders and providing more opportunities for people to paddle. The new awards are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers looking to lead groups on…
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Congratulations to Jan, the first NEW Performance Coach

Paddles Up Training would like to congratulate Jan, who recently became a Performance Racing Coach. Jan is the first paddler to take the Performance Coach Assessment since the award was introduced in July. I’ve learned a fantastic amount about all sorts of things while working through the training and assessment for the Performance Racing Coach.…
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Safeguarding course

NEW Safeguarding Refresher eLearning

British Canoeing Awarding Body and the National Associations are committed to helping everyone in paddlesport accept their responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk from harm and abuse. As well as ensure appropriate training and education for coaches, leaders and deployers. It is essential that everyone has at least a basic understanding of what…
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Safeguarding course

NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning

British Canoeing Awarding Body and the National Associations are committed to helping everyone in paddlesport accept their responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk from harm and abuse. As well as ensure appropriate training and education for coaches, leaders and deployers. It is essential that everyone has at least a basic understanding of what…
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NEW Introduction to Paddlesport eLearning to support your new paddlers

  British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to introduce the NEW Introduction to Paddlesport eLearning! This is a great tool for anyone introducing new people to the water and can support your delivery. Share this resource with your paddlers so they know some of the key information before they get onto the water. Topics include equipment,…
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