Paddlesport Instructor Tutor

What the Role Entails

As a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor you will be supporting paddlers to take their first steps on their coaching pathway.

You will develop their safety and instructor skills and provide them with their own clear development plan.

You will give them the skills required to run fun and enjoyable starter and taster sessions for those new to the sport.

How do I become a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor?

Application(If Succsessful)Personal Action PlanInvited to OrientationOrientationIn line with your Action Planonce completeAspirantTutor Role(Able to SecondStaff Courses)Obsevered Delivery(if Succsessful)FullTutor RoleGrantedMaintaining RoleModerationEvery 3 Years+ Min Delivery &Update Requirements
Application(If Succsessful)Personal Action PlanInvited to OrientationOrientationIn line with your Action Planonce completeAspirantTutor Role(Able to SecondStaff Courses)Obsevered Delivery(if Succsessful)FullTutor RoleGrantedMaintaining RoleModerationEvery 3 Years+ Min Delivery &Update Requirements

Paddlesport Instructor Tutor is a managed role. Applications are opened as and when the Delivery Centre identifies a need to increase their workforce. The next planned intake for Paddlesport Instructor Tutor is 1st April 2022.

When applications open, you will then have  4 weeks to submit your application applications must be received no later than noon (12:00) 29th April 2022.

Applicants need to provide references, so please think carefully about who these will be and talk to them before submitting your application.

If successful you will need to book on to an Orientation. Orientations are 2 days face to face and also include a short webinar session a few weeks before. During the Orientation you will be working alongside other aspirant providers and a National Trainer.

Being a successful provider will involve

  • Being great at coaching rescue skills on a variety of crafts
  • Having experience of the demands of taster/starter sessions
  • Being able to deliver Personal Performance Awards in a range of craft
  • Once qualified supporting aspirant providers to progress with their action plans

Maintaining your Paddlesport Instructor Tutor Role

As a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor you will be expected to agree and follow the Provider Service Agreement. You will also need to meet the Update Scheme requirements. This includes up to date British Canoeing membership, First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications. As well as completing some form of continuous personal development every three years.

Paddlesport Instructor
Paddlesport Instructor
Paddlesport Instructor

In addition to this, you will need to run or second-staff 2 courses within a 3 year period. You will also be subject to internal verification and quality assurance checks on your courses and your course paperwork.

Every year there will be an expectation for you to attend standardisation sessions and in each 3 years you will attend a community learning event. These events provide great opportunities to  share best practice, standardise assessment practice and discuss any new developments within the award.

Specific Guidance Regarding Syllabus Understanding

The paddlesport Instructor course is practical and predominately aimed at developing instructors who will use games with aims and simple concepts to introduce people of all ages to our great sport.

It is important that you, as a Tutor, understand the core theories that underpin the syllabus. But being able to bring them to life and explain them in simple terms is essential.

This includes:

  • Experiential learning and the Learning Cycle (Kolb); plan-do-review-conclude.
  • Modified constraints based practice.
  • Motivational climate.
  • Achievement Goal Theory.
  • Learner Decision Making; Game Sense and Coaching styles? (Mosston and Ashworth, 2002).
  • Transformational Leadership (vision, support and challenge).
  • Structuring learning (e.g. IDEAS).
  • Different Sensory Channels (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic).
  • Reflective practice (Gilbert and Trudel).
  • Communities of Practice (Lave and Wenger)

 

Minimum Requirements

Qualifications

Essential

To become a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor you must hold a discipline specific coaching qualification in Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand Up Paddleboarding.

(Examples)

  • Coach Award
  • UKCC Level 2
  • British Canoe Union Level 3 Coach
  • Equivalent qualifications from other awarding organisation will be considered
Desirable

Performance Coach in Kayaking, Canoeing or SUP or equivalent

Experience and Skills

Essential

Recent and current experience that demonstrates your understanding of the demands of running taster/starter sessions. That you are able to lead, have appropriate personal skills and rescue skills in relevant craft (to include canoe, kayak and stand up paddleboard).

Desirable

Tutoring and/or Assessing experience. Extensive experience working with a wide range of relevant user groups, in the relevant environment for the award. Experience of working with an Awarding Body or within a related organisation

Knowledge

Essential

Detailed knowledge and understanding of:

  • The award syllabus
  • The role and skills of the Tutor.

Commitment

Essential

Evidence of your commitment to your personal and professional development. Evidence of your commitment to the professional development of others through appropriate mentoring and support.

Personal Profile

Essential
  • Has a personal coaching and educational philosophy that is in keeping with the British Canoeing Awarding Body Educational Philosophy.
  • Knowledge in the subject matter of the qualification(s).
  • Has strong interpersonal skills and the ability to operate as a team player.
  • Is able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Is skilled in communicating through various media and has excellent presentation skills.
  • Is competent in the language used for assessment (or has access to appropriate guidance and training).
  • Is fair and equitable, ethical and honest.
  • Treats people with respect, is candid, and protects confidential information.
  • Adheres to PUT policies and demonstrates loyalty to British Canoeing Awarding Body/the National Association Delivery Centres and the team.
  • Supports equality of opportunity.
  • Is a clear thinker able to approach tasks in a systematic and logical manner.
  • Has excellent problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Is able and willing to take and offer advice. Is willing to learn, develop and grow.
  • Has the ability to write and speak in plain English and to use language that is free from bias and appropriate to the qualification.
  • Understands assessment and awarding systems and procedures.
  • Has excellent customer care skills.
  • Has the ability to make accurate judgements about the standard of candidates’ performance, knowledge and development needs.
  • Has the ability to design, deliver and tailor a programme of training/assessment to meet candidates’ specific needs.
  • Has the ability to deploy other tutors to plan and deliver aspects of the training/assessment programme.
  • Has the ability to monitor and support deployed tutors’ delivery to ensure all aspects of the learning/assessment programme are delivered appropriately.

Tutoring and Assessing Qualifications

Essential

All Paddlesport Instructor tutors require a nationally recognised Tutoring Qualification that aligns to the relevant National Occupational Standards for Learning and Development (standards 1 to 8); and a nationally recognised Assessing Qualification that aligns to the relevant National Occupational Standards for Learning and Development (standard 9). We will accept applications from candidates who are working towards these qualifications. The following list of qualifications is not exhaustive, applicants who hold other qualifications for teaching/tutoring/assessing should list these in their application and they can be considered on an individual basis.

Examples of Relevant Tutoring Qualifications:
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Level 3 Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (QCF)
  • Sports Education Tutoring PDA (SCQF)
  • Level 3 Award in Delivering Learning (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
Examples of Relevant Assessor Qualifications:
  • British Canoeing Awarding Body Assessor Training
  • Qualified Teacher Status
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Related Achievement (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment (QCF)
  • Conduct the Assessment Process PDA (SCQF, L&D9)
  • Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct Methods (SCQF, L&D9D)
  • Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct and Indirect Methods (SCQF,L&D9DI)
  • NVQ A1 Assessor Award
  • NVQ D32/D33 Assessor Award

Further Instructions

Application Process

Applications open in April each year, an Apply now button will appear on all open roles. please read the instructions on the application for application deadlines and off line options.

Orientations will be agreed with successful applicants with both a face to face and online options possible (dependant on qualifications/ experience). The orientation fee will be based on the type of orientation required and will be made clear in the application pack.

Development options

The following suggestions are activities that you can undertake at any point in the development process. However, if considered before or concurrently with the application/ orientation, your application/ orientation outcomes are likely to be better.

Understanding the pathway to becoming a provider

  • Mentor – who can help me? Who has recently become a provider who understands the journey?
  • Read – The ‘Minimum Requirements’ and the ‘Further Instructions’ and ensure you understand the process and standards.
  • Planning and organising a course

    • Read - the most up to date Syllabus and Training notes, comparing them to when you undertook your training, what is different? What has changed?
    • Observe – do you have access to local providers you can go and watch? Can you see more than one provider run a course? How do courses change when they are run in different places?
    • Watch – any related videos on the British Canoeing Awarding Body Youtube channel?

    What makes a good venue?

    • Consider – where will you run your courses, how will you ensure you have all of the equipment to run a course? How will your courses be different depending on different candidates? Time of year? Temperature? How do we ensure we have the right kit to remain productive during a long cold day on/ in the water?
    • Consider – where do you learn best? What locations have worked well in your experience? What locations have not worked and why?

    Developing my personal skills and understanding

    • Get involved – do I have access to groups that would enjoy learning different rescue techniques? Can I co deliver any courses?
    • Get some personal coaching – who can help you develop your skills? Could you do a discipline support module in SUP, Race etc to develop understanding? Who do you know who would be willing to come out and practice with you?

    Understanding PUT Policies and Procedures

    • Read – the policies and procedure that effect your course.
    • Discuss – different scenarios with your mentor or a National Association Trainer.
    • Watch – how to videos for subjects like course authorisation and certification.
    What the Role Entails

    As a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor you will be supporting paddlers to take their first steps on their coaching pathway.

    You will develop their safety and instructor skills and provide them with their own clear development plan.

    You will give them the skills required to run fun and enjoyable starter and taster sessions for those new to the sport.

    How do I become a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor?

    Application(If Succsessful)Personal Action PlanInvited to OrientationOrientationIn line with your Action Planonce completeAspirantTutor Role(Able to SecondStaff Courses)Obsevered Delivery(if Succsessful)FullTutor RoleGrantedMaintaining RoleModerationEvery 3 Years+ Min Delivery &Update Requirements
    Application(If Succsessful)Personal Action PlanInvited to OrientationOrientationIn line with your Action Planonce completeAspirantTutor Role(Able to SecondStaff Courses)Obsevered Delivery(if Succsessful)FullTutor RoleGrantedMaintaining RoleModerationEvery 3 Years+ Min Delivery &Update Requirements

    Paddlesport Instructor Tutor is a managed role. Applications are opened as and when the Delivery Centre identifies a need to increase their workforce. The next planned intake for Paddlesport Instructor Tutor is 1st April 2022.

    When applications open, you will then have  4 weeks to submit your application applications must be received no later than noon (12:00) 29th April 2022.

    Applicants need to provide references, so please think carefully about who these will be and talk to them before submitting your application.

    If successful you will need to book on to an Orientation. Orientations are 2 days face to face and also include a short webinar session a few weeks before. During the Orientation you will be working alongside other aspirant providers and a National Trainer.

    Being a successful provider will involve

    • Being great at coaching rescue skills on a variety of crafts
    • Having experience of the demands of taster/starter sessions
    • Being able to deliver Personal Performance Awards in a range of craft
    • Once qualified supporting aspirant providers to progress with their action plans

    Maintaining your Paddlesport Instructor Tutor Role

    As a Paddlesport Instructor Tutor you will be expected to agree and follow the Provider Service Agreement. You will also need to meet the Update Scheme requirements. This includes up to date British Canoeing membership, First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications. As well as completing some form of continuous personal development every three years.

    Paddlesport Instructor
    Paddlesport Instructor
    Paddlesport Instructor

    In addition to this, you will need to run or second-staff 2 courses within a 3 year period. You will also be subject to internal verification and quality assurance checks on your courses and your course paperwork.

    Every year there will be an expectation for you to attend standardisation sessions and in each 3 years you will attend a community learning event. These events provide great opportunities to  share best practice, standardise assessment practice and discuss any new developments within the award.

    Specific Guidance Regarding Syllabus Understanding

    The paddlesport Instructor course is practical and predominately aimed at developing instructors who will use games with aims and simple concepts to introduce people of all ages to our great sport.

    It is important that you, as a Tutor, understand the core theories that underpin the syllabus. But being able to bring them to life and explain them in simple terms is essential.

    This includes:

    • Experiential learning and the Learning Cycle (Kolb); plan-do-review-conclude.
    • Modified constraints based practice.
    • Motivational climate.
    • Achievement Goal Theory.
    • Learner Decision Making; Game Sense and Coaching styles? (Mosston and Ashworth, 2002).
    • Transformational Leadership (vision, support and challenge).
    • Structuring learning (e.g. IDEAS).
    • Different Sensory Channels (Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic).
    • Reflective practice (Gilbert and Trudel).
    • Communities of Practice (Lave and Wenger)

     

     

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