Case Studies

Sea Kayak Performance Coach

The Performance Coach Goes Global

In March 2022, the first BCAB Performance Coach Community of Learning Event outside of the UK took place in Stonington Connecticut, USA with 14 candidates and 3 facilitators. The weekend was intense but enjoyable, with multiple learning opportunities for candidates and facilitators alike. The Community of Learning events provide opportunities to explore ‘Performance Coaching’ and…
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The first Wild Water Racing Coach Award

The Wild Water Racing Coach Award launched in January 2018 and supports you to coach Wild Water Racing. We hear from Jamie, who recently become the first person to qualify as a NEW Wild Water Racing Coach, and Hannah, who ran the first Wild Water Racing Coach Assessment. Hear from Jamie, the first NEW Wild…
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Rugby Canoe Club welcome their youngest Paddlesport Instructors to the team

Rugby Canoe Club is an affiliated British Canoeing club based in the Midlands. The club turned 50 years old in 2020. Their coaching team was recently strengthened with the addition of two new Paddlesport Instructors. Billy (18) and Máiréad (17) became the club’s youngest ever Instructors after undertaking their FSRT and 2 day Paddlesport Instructor…
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The First Polo Coach Award

The Polo Coach Award launched in January 2018 and supports you to coach Polo. We hear from Lesley, who recently ran the first Polo Coach Assessment and Neil, who recently become the first person to qualify as a NEW Polo Coach. Hear from Lesley, who ran the Polo Coach Assessment Neil came with a background in…
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Meet Natalie, NEW SUP Sheltered Water Coach

My first “taste” of stand up paddleboarding was back in 2018 when I had a 45 minute taster on a Groupon deal for £7! I managed to stand up but soon fell off when a boat passed by, in St Ives Harbour. I always had an itch to get back on a board but living…
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Hear from Sadiq, new Paddlesport Instructor

I started kayaking about 9 years ago when my kids first started at Falcon Boat Club. I sat in the car park for the first 2 months, until one of the coaches asked why I didn’t give it a try, so I did! I continued on and off for about a year and a half,…
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Meet Stephen, on his journey to becoming a SUP Inland Open Water Leader

I started paddleboarding over in Australia and just found it naturally came to me. I got my board last summer and used it mostly on the sea and few lakes. As I’m a Paddlesport Instructor and Paddlesport Leader, I wanted to improve my knowledge and experience so that’s why I took the SUP Inland Open…
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Hear from Clive, on his journey to become a Stand Up Paddleboard Coach

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…
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Hear from Mat, Oz, who’s completed the SUP Sheltered Water Award

I’ve been paddling for over 40 years in kayak and canoe, and coaching for 30, but my experience on a SUP was virtually non-existent when I went for my Paddlesport Instructor Tutor Orientation. Understandably, this was an area that I had to become proficient in to become a Provider. So I got on the water with…
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Congratulations to Kostas, NEW Performance SUP Open Water Coach

Paddles Up Training would like to congratulate Kostas for becoming the first Performance SUP Open Water Coach! Kostas takes us through his journey through coaching and why he decided to become a Performance Coach. I have been coaching and working as an outdoor educator for almost a decade now. I began my journey like the…
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Nicola and Morgan share their journey to becoming SUP Inland Open Water Leaders

Like many, we began SUPing more regularly during lockdown and created a community stand up paddleboarding and wild swimming group to inspire others to join us. The water is our happy place and offered timely mental and physical health benefits. In May this year, we set up our business Moffat SUP hire to service the…
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Meet Hayley and Jo, NEW Stand Up Paddleboard Coaches…

For both of us, paddleboarding is not just about the sport, it’s a way of life. Jo’s passion for paddleboarding grew over the last few years and knowing Hayley’s love for the outdoors and passion for well-being, she introduced Hayley to the sport and the water quickly became the place she felt at her happiest.…
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NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader in snowy Scotland

Launched in January 2021, the NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader supports you to lead fun, safe and enjoyable mixed craft journeys, on moderate inland water. This new award is already proving popular and we hear from Grant, Emily and Piotr. Hear from Grant, who recently ran the NEW Paddlesport Touring Leader… It’s a really great award…
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Delivering the online Core Coach Training

Hear from Dan and Paul who recently delivered one of the first online core coach training courses. Delivering the online core coach training course was really interesting. As providers, it gave us a new challenge – how to make the content as practical as possible whilst we were all in different physical locations. We managed…
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The first Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) assessment in Norway

Hear from Ronny who’s recently run the first NEW Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) Assessment in Norway. British Canoeing Awarding Body is continuously developing, and I’ve been looking forward to running the new Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) assessment on the West Coast of Norway. All the candidates had done official British Canoeing Awarding Body training, most…
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Becoming a Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) in Norway

Hear from Samuel, one of the first to become a NEW Sea Kayak Leader (tidal) in Norway… I remember when I started paddling, I think I was around 12 years old in a three-man canoe at the school camp. I did not really enjoy being in a canoe, but I felt a connection to paddling…
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The first Community of Learning event

Hear from Darren, who facilitated the first Performance Coach Community of Learning event in England. At the start of the Autumn, I was privileged enough to be part of the facilitation team for Paddles Up Training’s first ever Performance Coach Community of Learning event, hosted at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth. What a weekend…
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Guiding your learning online

Hear from Matt, who’s started delivering the Guide Modules online during the pandemic. Just like every other outdoor provider, the Covid-19 crisis had a profound effect on our coaching business ‘Kayak Essentials’. With all courses cancelled during the busiest time of the year, we were left pondering what to do. We had already started to…
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Hear from Fabiola, on her journey to become a Canoe and Kayak Coach

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…
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Sea Kayaking with Totnes Canoe Club

Julie is a very busy lady. Chairperson at Totnes Canoe Club, British Canoeing #ShePaddles Ambassador, on her journey to becoming a Performance Coach and recently became an Advanced Sea Kayak Leader. Here she shares the story of a day out on the water for 4 Totnes Canoe Club members, who gained their Sea Kayak Award.…
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Hear from Callum, on his journey to become a SUP white water Coach

My first experience at white water SUP’ing was in July 2019 at Llangollen. Myself and Aaron went to the Stand Up Paddleboard UK festival. What we didn’t realise was that we had entered into the competition that went along with it. During that competition, I managed to surprise myself by coming second in the B…
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Aaron shares his white water SUP journey

For me, my SUP journey started back in 2015 with the introduction of the SUP Discipline Support Module provided by Phil Hadley (there’s a might be a theme building here …). Since then its been lots of flat water paddling, predominantly providing hundreds of taster sessions and sheltered water development courses. I’ve mostly been self-exploring…
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Cian becomes youngest Paddlesport Instructor on his 14th birthday

Congratulations to the newly qualified Paddlesport Instructors at Merchant Taylors’ School Watersports Centre, which includes Cian who becomes the youngest after completing the course on his 14th birthday. Hear from Ian, who organised the Paddlesport Instructor course… Six of our most experienced kayakers qualified as Instructors last weekend as Joe returned to deliver a two…
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Providers back on the water for FSRT Moderation

Hear from Andy, who recently ran a FSRT Provider Moderation at Lee Valley White Water Centre, following the Governments latest guidelines. The event was run in two groups with Alex and I each working with two socially-distanced pairs of Providers. The entire course was run outside – at the waterfront or on the water. Rain…
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Paddlesport Leader Provider Moderation

Hear from Jenna, who recently ran the Paddlesport Leader Provider Moderation. A moderation event is a chance for British Canoeing Awarding Body Providers to make sure they are up to date with current best practices, share their knowledge and experiences of delivering the award and to get any niggling questions they may have answered. For…
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Sea kayaker Leader (non tidal)

Sea Kayaking in Norway

Hear from Maria, who’s completed the Sea Kayak Award in Norway I started paddling two years ago when I started studying at Stend Sports & Outdoor College in Bergen, the west coast of Norway. My teachers taught me the basics of paddling. To get the point I am at today, I’ve learned a lot about…
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Sea kayaker paddling out through waves

Sea Kayak Award Goes Global

Hear from Adriana, who’s completed the NEW Sea Kayak Award in Greece I was first introduced to paddling 6 years ago and fell in love with sea kayaking straight away. It’s a great way to explore and connect with nature, to relax and recharge the batteries. I usually go on day trips and on occasions…
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Slalom Performance Coach

Choosing a Mentor

Choosing a Mentor is an important decision, whilst working towards a Performance Coach Qualification your mentor will be your guide, critical friend as well as many other roles. What is a Mentor? Your Mentor plays a key role in your development to becoming a Performance Coach. They will be a critical friend, providing support and…
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Sheltered Water Kayak Perf Coach

Choosing a Coach Developer

Choosing a Coach Developer is an important decision, whilst this article is aimed at learners working towards a Performance Coach Qualification the advice is applicable to us all What is a Coach Developer? Coach Developers can have a variety of roles and support your development in many ways. Observing your practice, giving feedback, stimulating discussion…
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From Paddle Explore to Paddlesport Instructor

Fiona talks us through her journey from Paddle Explore to becoming a Paddlesport Instructor. I was fortunate enough to have completed the Paddle Explore Award as part of my work, and I had been grabbing every opportunity to spend time on the water.  When my twin boys started at Cowes Sea Cadets, I volunteered to be…
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