Hear from Fabiola, on her journey to become a Canoe and Kayak Coach

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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 a love of the outdoors. Youngsters have different stresses and strains on them, especially with technology, social media and challenging world issues. Being outside, enjoying nature and sport is one of the best ways for them to grow up with a healthy independence and happy spirit.

My work involves people. I also study in my spare time as I am particularly interested in mental health and physical well-being and the outdoors. I have an MSc in Organisational and Behavioural Change but am working towards an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy. One day I would like to do more as a wilderness therapist.

I did the Canoe and Kayak (Sheltered Water) Coach Training as I wanted to be safe and confident as a paddlesports coach…

and knew the training would be good for my own development. I not only found that I learned more about the sports I love but it connected so well with everything I do and keeps my learning fresh in all other aspects of my life.

Learning with peers was great because we could share ideas and tips that were really practical for future sessions. It was also a chance to recap all the core concepts; no matter how many times you cover subjects, there is always something new. The approach centres on the paddler – keeping the fun, safety and learning in mind. I just wished I remembered all the fun coaching techniques more often as a parent!

Despite lockdown, I am trying to build up more paddling hours, and work on fun programmes for our Scouts. When we do get outdoors more, we will be able to engage them in games and trips and develop youth leaders of the future. I will also do my best to get my two out on the water or in the water as much as possible because they have really missed that.

Find about more about becoming a Canoe and Kayak Coach or check out the Coach Award, available in 22 disciplines.

 

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