Guidance for Coaches and Leaders

Choosing Your Leash!

To a Stand Up Paddle-boarder, choosing your leash is a vital decision for your safety and that of your group when coaching and leading. It keeps you and your paddleboard together when things don’t go to plan. Choosing your leash for the environment and conditions you are paddling in is essential. Failure to do so…
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Becoming A Provider - Paperwork!

Becoming A Provider – Paperwork!

So make a coffee, settle down and lets explore Becoming A Provider – Paperwork! These are just a few examples of things you might consider, But when you start to look at becoming a provider – paperwork! can fall to the bottom of your list! Writing Your Course Programme and Risk Assessment When you book…
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Racing Coach

Challenge Cards

Slalom and Flatwater Racing Challenge Card Resource Challenge cards are a playful, creative resource designed to support coach and paddler development across  Canoe Slalom and Flatwater Racing. Available as a free online resource or for purchase as physical cards. You can access the Challenge Cards: Here Flexible in nature, your learners learn by doing! Over…
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Course Authorisation and Submitting Results

Course Authorisation and Results Submission

This article is to support you to submit Course Authorisation and Results Submission. Administration is rarely a paddlers favourite past time! However if a course is administered correctly, certificates can be with your learners before they get home! It is also an essential thing to get right and forms part of our governance. Playing your…
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Sea Kayaker negotiating a tidal race

Coastal Sea Kayak Award Goes Global

Hear from Ronny, who’s has been running the Personal Performance Awards in Norway. I was looking forward to running the Coastal Sea Kayak Award but was also a little bit unsure how to run this award as it is new to me. I’ve now run two Coastal Sea Kayak Awards, one of them during the…
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Choose the right safeguarding qualification

At Paddles Up Training, we want to ensure you choose the right safeguarding qualification. British Canoeing, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, Canoe wales and the Scottish Canoe Association are committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Therefore we want to help you understand your responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk from harm…
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2 white water kayakers resting in an eddy

Hear from Penelope who’s been running the Paddle Awards and White Water Award 

One of the things I like best about the Personal Performance Awards is the emphasis put on new paddlers to be a bit more responsible for themselves. So for the Paddle Start Award, we have youngsters collecting their own kit and checking fittings. We have already discussed safety at the site we use and got…
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How to choose the right First Aid qualification. First Aid Training Equipment

How to choose the right First Aid qualification

Knowing how to choose the right First Aid qualification can be daunting, Above all we want to support you to make the right choice. Therefore we want to help you understand your responsibility to keep your first aid skills current and in line with the type of paddling/ coaching or leading you do. Therefore considering…
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strawberries, kiwis and other assorted fruit

Supporting your Nutrition

From recreational paddlers to elite athletes, how we fuel our paddles, trips and races is important for everyone. The British Canoeing Digital Library has lots of resources focused on nutrition and hydration but here’s our top picks. Take this opportunity to explore the resources so you can be prepared next time you’re out on the…
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Open Canoe paddler on a still piece of water

NEW Introduction to Paddlesport eLearning to support your new paddlers

  British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to introduce the NEW Introduction to Paddlesport eLearning! This is a great tool for anyone introducing new people to the water and can support your delivery. Share this resource with your paddlers so they know some of the key information before they get onto the water. Topics include equipment,…
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Exploring at Tittesworth Water Sports and Activity Centre

Hear from Paul, who has been delivering the Paddle Explore Award at Tittesworth Water Sports Centre. Running the NEW Explore Award has been an exciting challenge, particularly when there are a variety of craft types. At first, it was a challenge when performing a session from one craft to three other types of craft which…
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Coach Self Analysis Tool and Provider Resources.

5 ways to develop your skills from home

With a range of restrictions in place, there’s never been a better time to develop your skills from home. Aimed at Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides, our suggestions will enable you to gather knowledge and grow your skills from the comfort of your sofa. Delve into the digital library This FREE online tool includes loads…
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Open Water Canoe Coach

Assessing Qualification: Sceptical about starting yours?

Hear from Trace King, who was sceptical about completing his Assessing Qualification. He has now gone on to successfully complete a Level 3 in Assessing Vocationally Related Achievement (RQF). If you’re a new British Canoeing Provider or have been put off from applying due to the Tutor/Assessor qualification requirement for some roles, you may be…
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Sea Kayaker rock hopping

Choosing Appropriate CPD

Choosing Appropriate CPD As an Instructor, Coach, Leader or Guide you will recognise the importance of keeping up to date. This can involve maintaining or updating your knowledge and skills to reflect current best practice in paddlesport. It can also involve ensuring you have the personal skills and fitness levels to be able to coach,…
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Explore the FREE British Canoeing Awarding Body eLearning

Now is a great opportunity to take the time and explore the range of FREE eLearning that British Canoeing Awarding Body offers. There are a range of packages suitable for paddlers, parents, instructors, coaches and leaders. Check out our top picks! Buoyage This fun activity gives you lots of information about the different types of buoys. Once…
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Lone Kayaker exploring

Exploring with Ribble Canoe Club

Ribble Canoe Club have embedded the Personal Performance Awards into their club structure for new and existing paddlers. Watch this short video to find out how your club can include the awards in your sessions. Alternatively, check out the downloads below to hear from Stuart and Wendy who completed the Paddle Explore Award. Start your…
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Keeping up to date

Keeping up to date is vital. British Canoeing Awarding Body and Paddles Up considers it best practice for Instructors, Coaches, Leaders and Guides. By undertaking regular development you ensure you’re giving your paddlers the best support. Paddles Up Training Courses are a great way to develop; Firstly our courses are recognised by British Canoeing for…
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Guide Endorsement

Become an Endorsed Guide

Why become an Endorsed Guide? Guide Endorsement is aimed at  leaders, who are involved in guiding activity, particularly those working within Adventure Tourism and Commercially. Your endorsement  supports and recognises your experience and that you have developed the  skills required to fulfil a guiding role. Looking for an Endorsed Guide? Then open the finder right…
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