SUP White Water Leader Tutor

What the Role Entails

As a SUP White Water Leader Tutor, you will be supporting paddlers to develop their leadership skills on White Water.

You will be sharing your knowledge, skills and experience with aspirant leaders. This could be throughout their development process by providing training sessions. Or it could just be at the point of assessment. Each of these sessions will be tailored around the needs of the paddlers in front of you.

You may even help the paddlers develop an action plan for their long-term goals. For example, their next steps towards either a more advanced discipline or guide endorsement.

How do I become a SUP White Water Leader Tutor?

When applications are open, you will have around 4 weeks to submit your application. You will be required to provide referees, so please make sure you think carefully about who these could be.

If you are successful, you will then need to complete the following steps:

Online Learning

This webinar will cover the theory and the ethos of the leadership awards as well as what will be expected of you as a provider of the awards. You will get to discuss and share best practice with providers from a range of different disciplines.

Orientation Event

You will work alongside other aspirant SUP White Water Leader Tutors to share best practice.

This event includes a skills verification. At the end of the 2 days you will agree an action plan with your trainer and dependant on outcome may become a Leadership Tutor.

Final Sign-off

If you require a final sign-off you will:

  • Manage a full leadership assessment
  • Take the lead in all aspects under the supervision of a National Association Trainer

Successful completion of the sign off will lead to the full role being granted

Want to know more?

Read about the SUP White Water Leader here.

Minimum Requirements

Environment Specific Coaching Qualification

To become a SUP White Water Leader Tutor, you must meet the following requirements

Requirement Essential Desirable
Education, training and qualification

BCAB White Water SUP Coach

and

Nationally Recognised Tutoring Qualification (note: applicants who do not have a tutoring qualification will be expected to work towards one and complete within 3 years)

Nationally Recognised Assessing Qualification (note: applicants who do not have an assessing qualification will be expected to work towards one and complete within 3 years)

WW SUP PPA Provider

Experience Introducing and facilitating development of safety skills to a range of participants in the moderate white water environment.

and

Must have delivered the a range of Personal Performance Awards.

Introducing and facilitating development of safety skills to a range of participants in all of the relevant craft in multiple river locations and environments

Experience of mentoring and supporting the development of peers

Skills and knowledge Able to paddle and rescue from a range of white water craft to meet the demonstration needs of the program.

Ability to identify strengths in individuals as well as areas for development.

Understands and is able to select suitable development mechanisms to provide support
Personal attributes

Confident to check and challenge the actions of self and others in a non-confrontational manner

Ability to be able to persuade, influence and effectively brief others to generate enthusiasm and common purpose

Able to encourage openness and clear communication in others

Demonstrates appropriate Values and Attitudes and is able to fulfil a positive role model for British Canoeing Awarding Body, their delivery centre and national association in the public domain

Other requirements

A well-developed understanding and knowledge of the paddlesport

A well-developed knowledge and understanding of the practice and delivery of coaching in paddlesport

Values and Attitudes

Interpersonal:

Has strong interpersonal skills, the ability to operate as a team player and excellent customer care skills.

Communication:

Is able to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Is skilled in communicating through various media, has excellent presentation and report-writing skills. Is competent in the language used for assessment.

Integrity:

Is fair and equitable, ethical and honest. Treats people with respect, is candid, and protects confidential information. Adheres to British Canoeing policies and demonstrates loyalty to British Canoeing and the team. Supports equality of opportunity.

Problem Solving:

Is a clear thinker able to approach tasks in a systematic and logical manner. Has excellent problem solving and analytical skills.

Open Mindedness:

Is able and willing to take and offer advice. Is willing to learn, develop and grow.

Experience:

Has significant and current experience delivering Safety.

Competence:

Has competence in the subject matter of the qualification, and in personal paddling and safety skills.

Judgement:

Has the ability to make accurate judgements about the standard of candidates’ training and assessing skills.

Knowledge and Understanding:

Has sound and current knowledge and understanding in all aspects of the relevant syllabi and all that is involved in delivering the Safety training and assessment.

Commitment:

Is committed to continued professional development to maintain the standards required of the role, including:

  • the maintenance of Update Scheme requirements remaining active in the relevant disciplines/environment
  • remaining up-to-date with current best practice in all aspects of the relevant Safety Award course content
  • being able to demonstrate personal paddling/safety competence in the relevant discipline/environment
  • taking part in informal/formal activities that will help ensure their own interpretation of Safety standards and requirements is at the correct level

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 offline options.

Orientations will be agreed with successful applicants. Orientations are face to face, typically a day in duration. The up to date orientation fee can be found by looking at the available dates under booking now or by looking at the Paddles Up Training Delivery Centre Fees document Here . There may be additional costs in the case of a final sign off being required.

Development Pathway

To get the most out of your Orientation and your journey to become a tutor, we have prepared a selection of suggestions and recommendations of steps to prepare for the course and support your development. This should not be seen as a tick list or minimum requirement as every aspirant Tutor journey will be different. We recommend you sit down with an experienced Tutor and develop an action plan to support your development.

Tutor Self Analysis

A Tutor needs to understand each of the following areas of planning, delivering and reviewing a course. We recommend you consider each question and ensure you know the answer before your Orientation. It is important to focus your development on those areas you feel you are less familiar with or competent in.

Administration and Organisation of a Course Planning

  • What are the course staffing requirements? (ratios/roles)
  • How do you get course authorisation?
  • What are the prerequisites for the course?
Course Candidates
  • Who will be your course candidates?
  • How will you tell them about your courses?
Course Costs and Fees
  • You may need to consider the costs of the course or what you might charge?
  • What are the fees or costs to you of running the course?
  • Will you need to hire equipment?
  • Is the course being funded by a club, centre or organisation?
Cancelling Courses
  • When will you cancel courses? How far in advance?
  • How do you warn candidates that a course might be cancelled?
  • What happens to things you have paid for if the course is cancelled?
Location

In order for the course to be safe, enjoyable and meet the key outcomes of the training course we need to make some key decisions to ensure we are in the right place at the right time. You may need to know:

On the Bank
  • Where can you meet and greet your candidates, where can you do an initial briefing? Where will they get changed? Where can they have lunch and where can we do the course close and debrief?
  • What are the changing arrangements like for the location? Does the location have a safeguarding policy?
  • Does the location have access to refreshments? Is it easy to get food and drink?
On the Water
  • Are we permitted to paddle? What is the water quality like? How deep is the water? How is the venue effected by the weather? Does the venue have everything you need to run the course? Is the equipment near the water? How do we move the equipment to where you need it?
  • What other users are there at the location? How might they affect your course? How might we affect them? How do we minimise conflict and help everyone enjoy the environment? Is there anything else we should consider, such as nesting birds?
Course Programme

The course content is detailed and provides a clear list of subjects that must be covered, outside of this core content, every course will be different and we may want to consider:

  • How will you tailor a course to a group or environment?
  • What might you do differently if all of the candidates were aspirant Sea Kayak Leaders?
  • Why might you recommend a longer course duration?
  • How might your plan change for candidates under 18?
  • What will you do in winter when days are shorter and the weather/ water is colder?
Running the Course

For your Candidates to get the most for our course, you will need to manage the programme well and may need to consider several factors:

  • How will you structure the day to make the best of the time we have?
  • How will you get the most out of the location?
  • How will you ensure your delivery style meets the needs of the candidates?
  • How will you ensure activities and practice sessions are safe and effective?
  • How will you balance tutor led learning and learner devised learning in your sessions?
Personal Skills

You will need to be able to demonstrate and explain a range of techniques from the bank and on/in the water, as well as understand all aspects of the course content and craft. You may also need to consider how you will manage courses where the number of participants is odd? It might be useful to consider how certain techniques will be demonstrated if you are working alone? You may need to consider how you use a second Tutor to get the most out of them.

After the course

What end of course procedure do you need to complete? How will you ensure each candidate has an opportunity to talk to you at the end of the course, ask questions and receive personal feedback?

Every course is an opportunity for learning and improving. How will you collect end of course feedback. We can create a positive impact on our future experiences by performing a good post course review. What did you learn today? What can you focus on next time? Who can you discuss your performance with or get support from to make improvements?

Procedures/other supporting policies
  • Very experienced paddlers might be able to have their experience recognised through Accredited Prior Learning, how will I recognise this? What advice would I give them? How do APL Applications work?
  • How will I manage a conflict of interest? How will I recognise that there is a conflict of interest?
  • What do I do if a candidate asks for special consideration? What do I do if a candidate asks me about the reasonable adjustment policy? What do I do if a candidate can’t do some of the training?
  • What do I do if someone isn’t happy with your course? How can I get support from Paddles Up Training?

Development options

Understanding the pathway to becoming a Tutor.
  • 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 Tutor who understands the journey?
  • Read – The ‘Tutor role webpages’
Planning and organising a course
  • Read - the most up to date Course Content. Has anything changed?
  • Observe – do you have access to local Tutors you can go and watch? Can you see more than one Tutor run a course? How do courses change when they are run in different places?
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 me develop your rescue skills? Could you do a PPA to develop understanding? Who do you know who would be willing to come out and practise with you?

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What the Role Entails

As a SUP White Water Leader Tutor, you will be supporting paddlers to develop their leadership skills on White Water.

You will be sharing your knowledge, skills and experience with aspirant leaders. This could be throughout their development process by providing training sessions. Or it could just be at the point of assessment. Each of these sessions will be tailored around the needs of the paddlers in front of you.

You may even help the paddlers develop an action plan for their long-term goals. For example, their next steps towards either a more advanced discipline or guide endorsement.

How do I become a SUP White Water Leader Tutor?

When applications are open, you will have around 4 weeks to submit your application. You will be required to provide referees, so please make sure you think carefully about who these could be.

If you are successful, you will then need to complete the following steps:

Online Learning

This webinar will cover the theory and the ethos of the leadership awards as well as what will be expected of you as a provider of the awards. You will get to discuss and share best practice with providers from a range of different disciplines.

Orientation Event

You will work alongside other aspirant SUP White Water Leader Tutors to share best practice.

This event includes a skills verification. At the end of the 2 days you will agree an action plan with your trainer and dependant on outcome may become a Leadership Tutor.

Final Sign-off

If you require a final sign-off you will:

  • Manage a full leadership assessment
  • Take the lead in all aspects under the supervision of a National Association Trainer

Successful completion of the sign off will lead to the full role being granted

Want to know more?

Read about the SUP White Water Leader here.

 

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