Hear from Clive, on his journey to become a Stand Up Paddleboard Coach

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I completed my Level 2 Coach Award in 2017 and used this to help out at my local club. Due to a combination of Covid and work pressures, I had not done much coaching during the last few years. In May this year I left my job in the Civil Service to spend the summer working at Hautbois Activity Centre in North Norfolk.

I began paddleboarding about three years ago and have been keen to develop my personal and coaching skills in this area. I completed by SUP Sheltered Water Award in 2019 and now seemed like a good time to refresh my coaching skills and the SUP Sheltered Water Coach training seemed a good way to do this, with a particular focus on paddleboarding. The course certainly met these aims. It was both enjoyable and informative. The trainer was able to meet participants’ individual aims and objectives, and it was good to meet other people with a similar interest.

As an activity instructor I take out groups of young people and adults for sessions canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Paddleboarding is particularly popular and participants always enjoy the sessions. I have already been able to begin using my experiences from the SUP Sheltered Water Coach training on these sessions.

This has been a major career change which I am currently enjoying. I am not sure yet where it will take me, but so far it has been a great experience, working in a good team.

Interested in becoming a Stand Up Paddleboard Coach?

The SUP Sheltered Water Coach Award is designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers on SUPs who want to gain/improve their paddleboarding skills. This will include coaching beginners new to the stand up paddleboarding, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in a sheltered water environment.

The SUP Sheltered Water Coach Award consists of a Core Coach Training, SUP Sheltered Water Coach training and the Coach Award eLearning. This is concluded by a SUP Sheltered Water Coach Assessment. Find out more and start your journey to become a Stand Up Paddleboard Coach today!

 

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