Guidance

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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Paddlesport Leader Award

Which qualification is right for me?

With the launch of a range of direct entry awards, clubs, centres and organisations may be wondering which qualification is right for the activities they run. This guidance will give you an overview of the options available to your paddlers wanting to start their journey on the qualification pathway. the Career Start or Develop Skills…
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Guide Module Leadership

Personal Performance Awards and the Leadership Pathway

Guidance for both paddlers and Providers The Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose. Although not compulsory, the NEW awards provide an appropriate guide of the personal skills required for the Leadership Awards. Paddlers are also able to gain…
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A stepping stone into Coaching & Leadership

As lots of paddlers prepare to become Instructors, Leaders and Coaches, the range of direct entry awards now available give you the choice of how you up skill your personal paddling ahead of the course to ensure you can focus on the course content. The Personal Performance Awards are a great stepping stone for those…
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Paddlesport Leader

5 reasons to become a Paddlesport Leader

Looking to lead mixed craft journeys on sheltered water? Then become a Paddlesport Leader! 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. 1. Available in any craft, from SUP to…
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5 reasons to become a NEW Paddlesport Instructor

Still not made up your mind about becoming a Paddlesport Instructor? Here’s our top 5 reasons why you should! 1 – Supports you to run starter / taster sessions and games on  very sheltered water The Paddlesport Instructor award develops your skills to run starter / taster session for those new to paddlesport, games and…
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Meet Hayley and Jo, NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Coaches…

For both of us, paddleboarding is not just about the sport, it’s a way of life. Jo’s passion for paddleboarding grew over the last few years and knowing Hayley’s love for the outdoors and passion for well-being, she introduced Hayley to the sport and the water quickly became the place she felt at her happiest.…
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Reasonable Adjustments for Qualifications and Awards

At Paddles Up training we are fully committed to provide Equal Opportunities and our Reasonable Adjustments for Qualifications and Awards Policy is designed to support candidates. Policy Statement British Canoeing Awarding Body’s policy is to encourage inclusion and therefore avoid a separate system. Where a specific disability prevents a candidate from completing a particular part…
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Paddlesport Instructors Upskilling in a Different Craft

Supporting your Paddlesport Instructors Upskilling in a Different Craft. The NEW Paddlesport Instructor is aimed at those running starter and taster sessions and short journeys, within the safety management systems of clubs/centres or other organisations.  NEW Paddlesport Instructors are qualified in one stable craft, either Canoe, Kayak, Sit-on-Top or Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP).  Paddlesport Instructors and deployers, (clubs and centres), could…
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NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader in snowy Scotland

Launched in January 2021, the NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader supports you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable mixed craft journeys, on moderate inland water. This new award is already proving popular and we hear from Grant, Emily and Piotr. Hear from Grant, who recently ran the NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader… It’s a really great award…
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Delivering the online Core Coach Training

Hear from Dan and Paul who recently delivered one of the first online core coach training courses. Delivering the online core coach training course was really interesting. As providers, it gave us a new challenge – how to make the content as practical as possible whilst we were all in different physical locations. We managed…
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Coaching Code of Conduct

Coaching Code of Conduct

The Coaching Code of Conduct incorporates the UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) Code of Practice for Sports Coaches. The code defines all that is best in good coaching practice. Regardless of the badge, qualification or title, the Code is relevant to us all. British Canoeing acknowledge and appreciate the contribution made by coaches throughout…
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The first Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) assessment in Norway

Hear from Ronny who’s recently run the first NEW Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) Assessment in Norway. British Canoeing is continuously developing, and I’ve been looking forward to running the new Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) assessment on the West Coast of Norway. All the candidates had done official British Canoeing training, most of them more than…
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Becoming a Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) in Norway

Hear from Samuel, one of the first to become a NEW Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) in Norway… I remember when I started paddling, I think I was around 12 years old in a three-man canoe at the school camp. I did not really enjoy being in a canoe, but I felt a connection to paddling…
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Surf Kayak Award

How your mind can impact your paddling

Here’s our top 5 picks from the British Canoeing Awarding Body Digital Library exploring various aspect of how your mind can impact your paddling. As well as how coaches and parents can have impact and influence this. The Psychology of Young Athletes Listen to this podcast ‘Create an Athlete’ which is a round-table chat on…
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Paddlesport Leader

Supporting your journey to becoming a Paddlesport Leader or Paddlesport Touring Leader

There are a range of NEW resources that aspirant or existing Leaders can access to support your development journey from the comfort of your sofa. The Paddlesport Leader and Paddlesport Touring Leader are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers who go on mixed craft journeys. From SUPs to canoes, kayaks and racing craft, you…
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Supporting your Raft Guide development journey

There are a range of NEW resources that aspirant and existing Raft Guides can access to support your development journey. Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled Stadium Raft Guides, Raft Guides and River Trip Leaders. Whether you’ve been raft guiding for many years or are looking…
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Stand Up Paddleboard Coastal Leader Provider

Supporting your leadership development journey

There are a range of NEW resources that aspirant and existing Leaders can access to support your development journey from the comfort of your sofa. Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled leaders. Whether you’ve been leading trips for many years or are looking to complete…
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What is Catch Up with Coaching?

Catch Up with Coaching is a monthly eNewsletter aimed at Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides from across the UK and internationally. Sent from British Canoeing Awarding Body, the eNewsletter is designed to be an informative resource. It includes key information, updates and changes as well as resources to support your learning and development. Catch Up…
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The first Community of Learning event

Hear from Darren, who facilitated the first Performance Coach Community of Learning event in England. At the start of the Autumn, I was privileged enough to be part of the facilitation team for Paddles Up Training’s first ever Performance Coach Community of Learning event, hosted at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth. What a weekend…
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Keeping Your Records Up To Date!

With such a great sport, likeminded people and a beautiful environment to explore, keeping your records up to date! is probably the last thing on your mind! However as an Helm,  Instructor, Coach, Leader or Guide we know you understand the importance of keeping things up to date. In this article we explore a few…
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The New Paddlesport Touring Leader

At Paddles Up Training we are really excited about the launch of British Canoeing’s NEW Leadership Awards! But the Paddlesport Touring Leader has really caught our eye, lets explore why! Why Is The New Paddlesport Touring Leader A Game Changer? It’s all about deployability for me! Darryll Shaw – Paddles Up Training Delivery Centre Manager.…
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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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Becoming A Provider - Paperwork!

Becoming A Provider – Paperwork!

So make a coffee, settle down and lets explore Becoming A Provider – Paperwork! When you start to consider becoming a provider there are a lots of things to consider: Prerequisites Application process Orientation/ training course requirements Working alongside or observing existing providers Who can advise or mentor you through the process? These are just…
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Guiding your learning online

Hear from Matt, who’s started delivering the Guide Modules online during the pandemic. Just like every other outdoor provider, the Covid-19 crisis had a profound effect on our coaching business ‘Kayak Essentials’. With all courses cancelled during the busiest time of the year, we were left pondering what to do. We had already started to…
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Hear from Fabiola, on her journey to become a Canoe and Kayak Coach

I am an Assistant Cubs Leader with the Sea Scouts, mum of two busy and active kids (also Sea Scouts), outdoor swimmer and generally love all water sports. I wanted to help coach our young Cubs and Scouts on the water. It’s a great way to have fun, build confidence and fitness, as well as…
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Racing Coach

Challenge Cards

Slalom and Flatwater Racing Challenge Card Resource Challenge cards are a playful, creative resource designed to support coach and paddler development across  Canoe Slalom and Flatwater Racing. Available as a free online resource or for purchase as physical cards. You can access the Challenge Cards: Here Flexible in nature, your learners learn by doing! Over…
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Working with Paddlers Worldwide

At Paddles Up Training we are really proud to be working with paddlers worldwide. We have seen a growth in international paddlers using British Canoeing Qualifications and Awards to support their development. British Canoeing recognise and are proud that their qualifications and awards are renowned worldwide and have an outstanding reputation. We feel the British…
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Sea Kayaking with Totnes Canoe Club

Julie is a very busy lady. Chairperson at Totnes Canoe Club, British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador, on her journey to becoming a Performance Coach and recently became an Advanced Sea Kayak Leader. Here she shares the story of a day out on the water for 4 Totnes Canoe Club members, who gained their Sea Kayak Award.…
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Hear from Callum, on his journey to become a SUP white water Coach

My first experience at white water SUP’ing was in July 2019 at Llangollen. Myself and Aaron went to the Stand Up Paddleboard UK festival. What we didn’t realise was that we had entered into the competition that went along with it. During that competition, I managed to surprise myself by coming second in the B…
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