Sea Kayak Coach Assessor

What the Role Entails

As a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor, you will be supporting candidates through their Sea Kayak Coach Assessment.

You will work with the candidates before the course to ensure they have everything in place for their assessment. As well as making sure they know what is expected of them on the day. You will be expected to give suitable feedback throughout the course for each candidate. As well as a helpful action plan at the end of the course.

How do I become a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor?

Coaching qualifications are a managed role, this means that applications are only taken when a needs analysis shows an area or discipline needs more Assessors.

At Paddles Up Training we look to recruit new Assessors once a year, usually in the Spring.

When applications open you will have around 4 weeks to apply. You need to provide referees so please make sure you think carefully about who these should be. If you are successful then you will complete the following steps:

Orientation Event

You will be asked to book on to an orientation event. To get the most out of the event please ensure that you complete any pre-reading sent to you. On this event you will cover what is expected of you as a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor and the assessment criteria. This will help you identify if any extra learning is required for your action plan.

Aspirant Status

After orientation you will hold Aspirant Assessor status. This gives you the ability to second staff and support courses. During this time, you shall work with and learn from full Assessors of the awards. Once you feel confident and experienced enough to run a course on your own you will need to be signed off by a current Sea Kayak Coach Assessor

Recommendation

This takes place during a normal course; however, you take the lead of the course and manage the other staff, organisation and course administration. The Assessor plays an active role but you lead the course.

Assuming you have met the criteria required, they will make a recommendation to us and we will add the role to your record if your action plan is complete.

Maintaining Your Role

On becoming a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor, you will be required to follow and agree to the Provider Service Agreement. This includes following the Update Scheme. This is done by maintaining up-to-date First Aid, Safeguarding and British Canoeing membership. As well as taking part in some form of personal development.

Other parts of the agreement will be checked by visits from Internal Verification Officers and through administration checks. You will also be expected to attend a moderation event every 3 years; this is to keep you up to date with, and to share best practice with, other Sea Kayak Coach Assessors. You will also be expected to run a minimum of 1 course every 3 years to keep your role up to date.

Want to know more?

Read more about the Sea Kayak Coach here.

Minimum Requirements

If you wish to become a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor, then you must hold relevant British Canoeing qualifications suitable to the sea environment Examples of these are:

  • Level 3 Coach
  • Performance Coach
  • BCU Level 3 or above
  • MWE or AWE Coach

You must also hold, or commit to achieving, an Assessing Qualification. A list of example qualifications can be found below:

  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Related Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment
  • Conduct the Assessment Process PDA
  • Assess Workplace competence Using Direct Methods
  • Assess Workplace Competence Using Direct and Indirect Methods
  • NVQ A1 Assessor Award
  • NVQ D32/D33 Assessor Award

Personal Performance Award Provider

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of paddlesport and our educational philosophy, a great way of doing this is by being a Personal Performance Award Provider and having experience of running awards in a variety of environments with a range of different learners

Look at the Provider Requirements for more information

Further Instructions

Application Process

The next intake for tutors and assessors will open on 1st April 2022. At which time the application form and application form guidance will be available.

The closing date for applications will be midday (12:00) 30th April 2022.

Orientations will be agreed with successful applicants with both a face to face and online option available, the orientation fee will be £250 regardless of option taken. (Note: this fee covers all Coach Award roles applied for and Is not per role)

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

  • Decide – do I want to be signed off at orientation or have a development plan and need a final assessed delivery?
  • Mentor – who can help me? Who has recently become a provider who understands the journey?
  • Read – The ‘Provider Requirements’ and the ‘Provider Development pathway’ 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 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 National Association 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 Sea Kayak Coach Assessor, you will be supporting candidates through their Sea Kayak Coach Assessment.

You will work with the candidates before the course to ensure they have everything in place for their assessment. As well as making sure they know what is expected of them on the day. You will be expected to give suitable feedback throughout the course for each candidate. As well as a helpful action plan at the end of the course.

How do I become a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor?

Coaching qualifications are a managed role, this means that applications are only taken when a needs analysis shows an area or discipline needs more Assessors.

At Paddles Up Training we look to recruit new Assessors once a year, usually in the Spring.

When applications open you will have around 4 weeks to apply. You need to provide referees so please make sure you think carefully about who these should be. If you are successful then you will complete the following steps:

Orientation Event

You will be asked to book on to an orientation event. To get the most out of the event please ensure that you complete any pre-reading sent to you. On this event you will cover what is expected of you as a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor and the assessment criteria. This will help you identify if any extra learning is required for your action plan.

Aspirant Status

After orientation you will hold Aspirant Assessor status. This gives you the ability to second staff and support courses. During this time, you shall work with and learn from full Assessors of the awards. Once you feel confident and experienced enough to run a course on your own you will need to be signed off by a current Sea Kayak Coach Assessor

Recommendation

This takes place during a normal course; however, you take the lead of the course and manage the other staff, organisation and course administration. The Assessor plays an active role but you lead the course.

Assuming you have met the criteria required, they will make a recommendation to us and we will add the role to your record if your action plan is complete.

Maintaining Your Role

On becoming a Sea Kayak Coach Assessor, you will be required to follow and agree to the Provider Service Agreement. This includes following the Update Scheme. This is done by maintaining up-to-date First Aid, Safeguarding and British Canoeing membership. As well as taking part in some form of personal development.

Other parts of the agreement will be checked by visits from Internal Verification Officers and through administration checks. You will also be expected to attend a moderation event every 3 years; this is to keep you up to date with, and to share best practice with, other Sea Kayak Coach Assessors. You will also be expected to run a minimum of 1 course every 3 years to keep your role up to date.

Want to know more?

Read more about the Sea Kayak Coach here.

 

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