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Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport introduces the skills and coaching behaviours required for developing performance through progressive coaching.

Level 2 coaches are trained and assessed to work independently in the planning, delivery and review of progressive and developmental sessions for their paddlers.

The qualification is suitable for coaches wishing to work with paddlers from any paddlesport discipline, and is available as either a bank-based or a boat-based award, and is certificated as either a single discipline (canoe or kayak) or dual discipline (canoe and kayak).


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Candidates wishing to book on to a Level 2 training or transfer course must register with British Canoeing or their respective Home Nation Association.

It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the training course.

The registration process must be completed before attendance on a Level 2 coaching course and is different to booking a place on a course, which is done directly with the course provider.

In order to register for the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport candidates must be 17 years of age or older, and hold the following:

Additionally boat-based candidates are also required to hold:

Registration fee is £39 for full Home Nation Association members.

Registration is valid for 12 months. You must attend the training course within 12 months of the date registration was processed by the Home Nation Association. In order for registration to remain valid you need to maintain full Home Nation Association membership. If more time is required you may Request an Extension.

NOTE: While only a single 3 Star is required at the point of registration, candidates wishing to complete the dual discipline assessment will need to hold 3 Star awards in both a canoe and a kayak discipline at the point of assessment.

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On the training course coaches will develop existing skills and are provided with the tools to plan, deliver and review a series of progressive paddlesport coaching sessions in a range of paddlesport craft.

The content builds on the ‘How to Coach’ and ‘What to Coach’ components introduced at Level 1.

How to Coach: The course covers these aspects of ‘how to coach’ skills:

  • Coaches roles and responsibilities
  • Planning a series of paddlesport coaching sessions
  • Understanding and meeting participants needs
  • Session preparation
  • Delivering a progressive paddlesport coaching session
  • Evaluating and reviewing paddlesport coaching sessions
  • Technical, tactical, psychological aspects of paddlesport
  • Safety

What to Coach: The course focuses on how to coach the skills needed by paddlers in their first three years of paddlesport activity. For example:

  • Fundamental movement skills (balance, coordination, agility)
  • Fundamental paddlesport skills (posture, connectivity, power transfer and feel)
  • Lifting and carrying
  • Launching and landing
  • Forward paddling
  • Reverse paddling
  • Stopping (forward and backwards)
  • Steering turning and manoeuvring
  • Moving sideways
  • Preventing a capsize

For more information on the content covered in the Level 2 programme please read the Level 2 Course Guide and Level 2 Unit Specification and Course Content

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There are three components to the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport; a training course delivered over a minimum of 32-hours contact time, followed by a consolidation period during which candidates complete a portfolio and then an assessment day to conclude.

Level 2 training courses can be modular and run over several weeks allowing candidates to consolidate their learning. Alternatively intensive courses may be run over four consecutive days. Candidates who have a sound knowledge of the technical aspects of the syllabus (i.e. the ‘what to coach’) are often suited to an intensive programme while the modular option allows time to consolidate learning between sessions.

Between Level 2 training and assessment candidates will complete a Candidate Portfolio which will support the development of skills across the range of Level 2 competencies. Once complete the portfolio is submitted to and assessed by the Course Director and forms part of the assessment criteria.

The Level 2 Training course remains valid for 12 months and candidates should finish all elements required for certification within 12 months of their Level 2 training course. If more time is required you may Request an Extension

Assessment can be completed as a single discipline award (Canoe OR Kayak) or as a dual discipline award (Canoe AND Kayak)

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There are seven tasks assessed as part of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport.

These are done as part of completing the Candidate Portfolio and a Final Practical Assessment.

Candidate Portfolio

Task 1 Workbook

Task 2 Assessment Prerequisites

Task 3 Coaching Case Study

Task 4 Feedback and Review

Practical Assessment

Task 5 rescue skills

Task 6 Personal Skills (boat-based candidates only)

Task 7 Practical Coaching

Assessment can be completed as a single discipline award (Canoe OR Kayak) or as a dual discipline award (Canoe AND Kayak).

Upon successful completion of each of these tasks the course provider will recommend the candidate for certification relevant to the assessment route followed. Certificates are typically received from the Awarding Body within six to eight weeks of submittal of the paperwork to the relevant Home Nation.

For more information on the Level 1 assessment process please refer to the Level 2 Assessment Guidance

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