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Having active, qualified coaches is essential for the survival and development of any club. Running an annual programme of coach training, qualification and development should be part of a clubs normal operation.

In running a coaching programme there is a lot of help and support from British Canoeing Coaching Staff, Regional Development Teams and your local Canoeing Development Officers. Your County Sport Partnership also offers practical support and training. Before setting up any programme, check out the support on offer.

The following are routes which provide the best way to get more coaches at your club:

  • Level 1 and 2 Coach – These are the first steps into British Canoeing’s globally recognised coaching awards. The award scheme ranges from the basic level 1 to level 5. They provide a progression for coaches to develop and raise paddler performance.
  • Competition coaching qualifications – These are Specialist courses for each competition discipline may be the best route for your club. They cover both on the water and off the water coaching for parents and non-paddlers.

If you are looking for ways to try and get more coaches within your club alongside the information within our coaching section of this website we would also recommend that you take a look at the Coaching information within Sport England’s Club Matters website.