Kayak Coaching Courses

We are proud to offer a full range of kayak coaching courses.

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Our staff are the leading experts in their field and are passionate about delivering you the 'perfect course'. Our Location means more time on the water and more paddling. If required we can also provide all the equipment you'll need.

From beginner to advanced white water there are courses to cater for all abilities, and with very low student to coach ratio's your development is guaranteed.

The Courses

The British Canoeing 3 star award indicates you can be considered an intermediate paddler and competent member of a group to be led in moderate water environments.

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On the course we will concentrate on giving you the personal skills to efficiently paddle on simple moving water and improve your personal paddling so you will be confident to be led in these environments.

As well as improving your paddling technique, we will build your knowledge and awareness of paddling in a dynamic environment.

Although we will give you the understanding of the standard required to pass your three star award – our main aim on this course is to make you a better paddler!

Formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak award, the BC Kayak Leader training course aims to fine tune your personal skills on grade 2/3 water and a qualification which allows you to safely lead groups - all in one!

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Over the 2 days we will look at effective leadership techniques which will give you a game plan what ever the rapid and the paddling skills needed to make your plan easy to put into practice.

We will cover:

  • River reading skills
  • Forward paddling on rapids, change of pace and accuracy
  • Breaking in/out
  • Ferry gliding
  • Using features like small waves and stoppers
  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues / incidents
  • Application of leadership
  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
  • Safety awareness and risk management
  • Group control and management
  • Hypothermia / first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Water features/hazards

4 Star Canoe Syllabusprinter freindly pdf document

Training is intentionally over five days, so that we can give each skill adequate focus as opposed to lip service.

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The five days training includes accommodation and will have a Bivvy out for a night. Food is not included but everything else is, eg use of kit and any water/car park fees etc.

We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable. The BC Kayak Leader was formerly known as the 4 Star Kayak award.

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Rest assured we do not try to catch you out and we know the level of each of the awards intimately – so no horror stories!!

We consider all assessments to be further learning and whilst giving you a fair assessment conducted in a professional manner, we hope you go away with lots of new ideas and ways to progress with your paddling further.

Before booking make sure you have the necessary pre-requisites including registering with an LR form with your Home Nation (Canoe England, Canoe Wales, SCA, CANI, BCUNA) Candidates should allow two weeks to complete the registration process. Click here for more information.

Remember with all Leader assessments your logbook is an integral part of your assessment.

The Advanced Kayak Leader award indicates you have entered the top level of performance. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award.

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Over the 3 days we will concentrate on giving you the personal skills to efficiently paddle on grade 3 and 4 and give you the leadership qualities needed to take groups on advanced river journeys.

By the end of the course your paddling will have improved and you will be confident in ability to lead in these environments.

You will also have the understanding of the standard required to pass your five star kayak award we will cover

  • Efficient and effective on sight grade 3 river running skills (that will enable up to 20km to be led in one day)
  • The use of eddies
  • Positioning in the flow
  • Running drops
  • Using, or avoiding features to aid descent (inc. waves, stoppers, diagonals & tow back)
  • Paddle identified safe and realistic lines on grade 4 after inspection
  • White water roll
  • Boat and bank based safety and rescue skills
  • Incident management and first aid in the 5 star environment
  • Being an effective team leader and team member in rescues / incidents
  • Leadership strategies, judgement and decision making
  • Safety awareness and risk management
  • Group control and management
  • Equipment
  • Safety
  • Weather
  • Hypothermia/first aid
  • Access
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Group awareness and management
  • Water features / hazards
  • Navigation
  • Leadership responsibilities

Download and/or view the 5 Star Kayak Syllabus

Covering all aspects of the BC Advanced Kayak Leader syllabus. Formerly known as the 5 Star Kayak Award.

This award is designed for BC Coaches who hold a 4* leader award and wish to introduce paddlers to the moderate water environment.

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This is a great award to take your Level 2 coaching skills into a more dynamic environment. It also allows you register to become a three star assessor in the chosen discipline.

We run this course as a one day training, then one day assessment – take a look at the prerequisites below, if you have all the training ones in place you can do the training and assessment over two consecutive days – get in touch if you need advice.

Prerequisites (for training):

Candidates will require the following prerequisites:

  • BCU Moderate Water Registration (CR Form)
  • BCU UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport
  • BCU 4 Star Leader Award Kayak
  • Be 18 Years Old or Older
  • Hold a recognised 8 hr first aid award

Prerequisites (for assessment):

Candidates will require the following prerequisites:

  • Training completed
  • A minimum of 10 logged coaching hours in the sheltered water environment post holding BCU UKCC Level 2
  • A minimum of 20 leading hours in the specific moderate water environment, post holding 4 star.

We understand that assessments can be very stressful, so we aim to make them has painless as we can, by being relaxed and approachable.

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Rest assured we do not try to catch you out and we know the level of each of the awards intimately – so no horror stories!!

We consider all assessments to be further learning and whilst giving you a fair assessment conducted in a professional manner, we hope you go away with lots of new ideas and ways to progress with your paddling further.

Our assessments are based in the Corwen area of North Wales.

Whitewater - Fine Tuned & Flawless. Aimed at the experienced white water paddler who wants to be more accurate, consistant and fluid.

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There are a lot of paddlers who say they run grade 3/4, which means they chuck themselves down a line and hope for the best. This course will not only give you river reading skills but will also give you skills to initiate your game plans with accuracy, pin pointing boat positions and angles and when, how and where to use your paddle.

You will walk away from this course with lots of confidence and have an insight into your potential. Recommended to anyone keen to up their game, have a trip abroad or just to become a slicker paddler.

Experience needed: Grade 3 paddler