Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

Book-Now-Button-PNG-PhotosThe British Canoeing Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches.

This qualification develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. Specifically, it introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching and is available as a bank-based or a boat-based qualification. The qualification is not discipline specific and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines.

The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching introductory core skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft and coaching in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, normally with the support of a more qualified coach.

For more information about the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport and to register with British Canoeing please visit: BC Level 1 Coach

Course Content:

The 4 day course will run from 9:00am-5:00pm each day.

On the course coaches will develop the ability to plan, deliver and review short coaching sessions in a safe, ethical and effective manner.

To this end the course will cover ‘how to coach’ skills alongside technical understanding of ‘what to coach’, specifically relating to the skills that beginners need.

Full information about the course content can be found here: Level 1 Course Content

Pre-course requirements:

  • you must be over 16.
  • You must registered with British Canoeing. It is advisable to do this at least 2-weeks prior to the training course. Costs £45.
  • You must be a member of British Canoeing
  • Completed Foundation Safety and Rescue Training
  • Boat-based candidates are also required to hold the 2 Star Award


If you are doing the FSRT course on the day before the level 1 course you need to inform them of this when you return the form as you will not be able to enclose a copy of your certificate.


This is a practical course and a lot of time will be spent spent on the water.  All specialist kit * will be provided but please bring your own if you wish.

  • *Boat/*paddle
  • *Wetsuit /drysuit
  • *Canoeing cag
  • *Buoyancy aid
  • *Helmet
  • Wetboots / trainers that will get wet
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Warm clothes
  • Hat
  • Flask

Course Dates: 

20th – 23rd March 2018

Cost: £220

Please note that courses need a min number of 6 candidates to run.

Venue: Anderton Centre, New Road, Nr Chorley PR6 9HG

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British Canoeing Membership

British Canoeing provides a comprehensive coaching qualification scheme and coach education program. This is designed to ensure that coaches and participants are fully and properly prepared to take part in the sport and that coaches are qualified to instruct participants in all aspects of technique, safety and understanding.

If you are involved in coaching, you are advised to have the necessary insurance to protect you when giving advice and instruction.

If you have a coaching qualification, membership of British Canoeing includes the additional insurance needed. The cover not only includes the main membership insurance but also includes the professional advice you provide whilst coaching, provided that the activity falls with the remit of your approved training or qualifications.

Get more information on Coaching. For more information on the Coaches Insurance, please visit http://www.ps-bcu-insurance.com/Coaches