Paddlesport Coaching British Canoe Union Level 1 Certificate (UKCC/BCU)
This course is the starting point for most paddlesport coaches entering into the British Canoe Union (BCU) Coaching Scheme. The course will provide you with the relevant skills and knowledge for the coaching of all paddlesport disciplines, including work with both competitive and recreational paddlers. This is a combined course which will include both training and assessment, involving four days (32 hours of contact). As a Level 1 coach you can assist higher level coaches to deliver coaching sessions under their supervision, as well as delivering taster sessions. You can also deliver and assess Paddlepower Start Awards.
To begin this course you will need to be 16 years old or older, and have a keen interest in paddlesport with a desire to learn more.
You will need to have completed a BCU Canoe Safety Test or Foundation Safety & Rescue Training, and hold a BCU 2-Star Award (if youre opting for the boat-based award).
You will also need to be registered with your Home Nation Association (i.e. Canoe England) and have completed a CR form (which needs to be stamped and authorised).
This course will introduce you to the foundation concepts of good coaching practice, including session planning, delivery and review, and safe practice. You will also learn top tips, games and activities to use in your sessions.
Through this course you will gain the confidence, skills and techniques needed to encourage and improve your students. If you do not already have the Safety and Rescue Foundation Certificate there will be the opportunity to achieve this during the course (please enquire for more details).
There will be five assessment tasks to complete as part of the course; these will be a mixture of practical tasks, a multiple-choice question paper and tutor questioning.
Further study and career options
On successful completion of this course you can progress on to the Coaching Paddlesport Level 2 Certificate.
Equipment will be provided, including canoes/kayaks, but not wetsuits and boots.