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An Overview of the NEW Personal Performance Awards

The NEW Personal Performance Awards are designed for paddlers wanting to gain recognition of their learning and development, in the craft and environment they choose.

The awards allow paddlers to improve their skills, working towards the award of their choice, developing their decision making and fundamental skills. There are no dual discipline awards and all of the awards are direct entry, giving the paddler choice.

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Paddle Awards: Designed to develop enjoyment, safety and skills for those new to Paddlesport

The three Paddle Awards are for those getting into a boat for the first time, enabling them to feel confident in their chosen craft in a sheltered water environment. The awards help empower the paddler, enabling them to start their lifelong journey into paddlesport. 

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Discipline Specific Pathway Awards

  • Each of the 12 disciplines has three awards.
  • Five new disciplines have been introduced including Stand Up Paddleboard, Polo, Racing, Rafting and Slalom, which means there is something for everyone. With a range of different environments and crafts, this enables the individual to make choices on the type of craft and environment they wish to paddle.
  • All of the awards are direct entry. Paddlers can choose which award they would like to work towards, developing their skills and decision making.
  • The awards provide appropriate milestones and acknowledgement of personal skills, setting up the paddler appropriately for British Canoeing Coaching and Leadership qualifications.
  • There are no age restrictions for any of the awards. Providers should check paddlers’ suitability, as well as having appropriate mechanisms for anyone under 18.
  • All of the awards have been created and written with the paddler at the heart of the content and creating self-directed learning, empowerment and ownership. 
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Full details of the content of the awards are available from Autumn 2018.

Further updates will be promoted via the British Canoeing website and the 'Catch up with Coaching' newsletter. Read our follow up news articles for further details: