Guidance for Coaches and Leaders

Safety and Navigation Awards Equivalencies

BRITISH CANOEING AWARDING BODY SAFETY AND NAVIGATION AWARDS EQUIVALENCY There are a number of safety training awards available internationally that British Canoeing Awarding Body automatically recognises as equivalent for leadership and coaching course registration and assessment checkin without the need to formally apply for APL. You will need to provide a copy of your certificate…
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Use of Artificial and Managed White Water Sites in BCAB Courses

Paddles Up training and British Canoeing Awarding Body recognises that the use of Use of Artificial and Managed White Water Sites has benefits for learning and would be seen as an appropriate decision to use such an environment for some training and assessment courses. The below table indicates when such facilities can be used by…
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Becoming A Provider – Provider Finder!

What is Find A Provider?   Find A Provider, is a web-based search function that will enable anyone accessing the Paddles Up Training website Course Provider.  The system allows a search to be made based on distance from a town or postcode. A filter  can also be added to a provider of a particular type of…
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British Canoeing Awarding Body Course Staffing Ratios

British Canoeing Awarding Body Course Staffing Ratios Tutors, Assessors and Providers must obtain permission in advance from Paddles Up Training if they wish to work outside these ratios. Leadership BCAB Course Staff Requirement Learners Ratios Bell Boat Helm BBH Assessor minimum 1 – maximum 6 Paddlesport Leader Training Paddlesport Leader Provider minimum 1 – maximum…
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Special Consideration and Reasonable Adjustments

Paddles Up Training supports the promotion of paddlesport for people of all abilities and encourages them to take British Canoeing Awarding Body Personal Performance Awards, Safety training, Leadership Awards and Coaching Qualifications. This web page provides guidance to Tutors, Assessors and Providers on how they can best support people with special educational needs, disabilities, temporary…
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Policies

Polices for course candidates, providers, tutors, assessors. Accredited Prior Learning Appeals Procedure Candidate Registration Guidance Certification Guidance Complaints Procedure Conflict of Interest Policy Course Authorisation, Advertising and Results Submission Course Authorisation Terms and Conditions  Course Ratio/ Staffing Guidance Data Collection Guide Data Retention Chart Delivery Centre Fees Equality and Diversity Policy First Aid Provider Guidance…
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Updating your CPD

In 2020, British Canoeing Awarding Body introduced a NEW supportive points based CPD process. Aligned with our Educational Philosophy, CPD is now individualised, allowing the Instructor, Coach and Leader to consider what areas they may need to develop. This process is simple, easy to upload and gives you the opportunity to recognise all of your…
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Coaching Code of Conduct

Coaching Code of Conduct

The Coaching Code of Conduct incorporates the UK Coaching (formerly Sports Coach UK) Code of Practice for Sports Coaches. The code defines all that is best in good coaching practice. Regardless of the badge, qualification or title, the Code is relevant to us all. British Canoeing acknowledge and appreciate the contribution made by coaches throughout…
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Surf Kayak Award

How your mind can impact your paddling

Here’s our top 5 picks from the British Canoeing Awarding Body Digital Library exploring various aspect of how your mind can impact your paddling. As well as how coaches and parents can have impact and influence this. The Psychology of Young Athletes Listen to this podcast ‘Create an Athlete’ which is a round-table chat on…
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Paddlesport Leader

Supporting your journey to becoming a Paddlesport Leader or Paddlesport Touring Leader

There are a range of NEW resources that aspirant or existing Leaders can access to support your development journey from the comfort of your sofa. The Paddlesport Leader and Paddlesport Touring Leader are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers who go on mixed craft journeys. From SUPs to canoes, kayaks and racing craft, you…
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Supporting your Raft Guide development journey

There are a range of NEW resources that aspirant and existing Raft Guides can access to support your development journey. Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled Stadium Raft Guides, Raft Guides and River Trip Leaders. Whether you’ve been raft guiding for many years or are looking…
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Stand Up Paddleboard Coastal Leader Provider

Supporting your leadership development journey

There are a range of resources that aspirant and existing Leaders can access to support your development journey from the comfort of your sofa. Informal learning, experience based learning, and an availability of individualised choices are important to developing skilled leaders. Whether you’ve been leading trips for many years or are looking to complete your…
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Keeping Your Records Up To Date!

With such a great sport, likeminded people and a beautiful environment to explore, keeping your records up to date! is probably the last thing on your mind! However as a Helm, Instructor, Coach, Leader or Guide we know you understand the importance of keeping things up to date. In this article we explore a few…
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Choosing Your SUP Leash

Choosing Your SUP Leash!

If you use a Stand Up Paddleboard, choosing your SUP 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 SUP leash for the environment and conditions you are paddling in is essential.…
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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! When you start to consider becoming a provider there are a lots of things to consider: Prerequisites Application process Orientation/ training course requirements Working alongside or observing existing providers Who can advise or mentor you through the process? These are just…
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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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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. Paddle UK, Canoe Association of Northern Ireland, Canoe wales and Paddle Scotland 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 and abuse.…
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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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Supporting your Nutrition

From recreational paddlers to elite athletes, how we fuel our paddles, trips and races is important for everyone. The British Canoeing Awarding Body 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…
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Accreditation of Prior Learning

An application for Accreditation of Prior Learning can: Consider other nationally and internationally recognised professional awards. Recognise training and assessment schemes other than British Canoeing Awarding Body’s Allowing you to access your development pathway at the most appropriate point to you. You can submit an application using your membership portal and we recommend you read…
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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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5 ways 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 of resources to support your learning and development across the disciplines. Ranging from videos, audio books, blogs, presentations, academic…
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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 Awarding Body Provider or have been put off from applying due to the Tutor/Assessor qualification requirement for some roles, you…
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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, lead, guide or…
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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 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! Each eLearning is FREE for members and count as 5 CPD points. Buoyage This fun activity gives…
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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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