Coach Award

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coach Award is an entry point coaching qualification and offers discipline specific pathways across all disciplines and environments.

Coach Award Overview

Minimum age

16 years at the time of assessment


Guided Learning Hours: 24
Total Qualification Time (hours): 34


Yes – available upon registration


Core Coach Training: Full Home Nation Association Membership

Discipline Specific Training: Full Home Nation Association Membership, relevant Leadership Award for some disciplines (see Coach Award Course Guide), and Core Coach Training, or equivalent (see Coach Award Course Guide)

More Information

For more information on the Coach Award, view the Coach Award Course Guide here

To find a course in your area, contact your Delivery Centre by clicking the relevant logo at the bottom of this page.

Next steps

Performance Coach

Our Award is designed for people whose core function is to coach paddlers who want to gain/improve paddlesport skills within the discipline chosen. This will include coaching beginners new to the sport, or paddlers looking to develop their skills in the given discipline or environment.

The coach is able to plan, deliver and review progressive sessions safely, effectively and independently.

The Coach Award is discipline specific and currently available in:

SW – Sheltered Water / MW – Moderate Water / AW – Advanced Water

Note: From the 28th February 2021, both the SUP Open Water Coach and SUP Race Coach awards will require to hold the SUP Inland Open Water Leader as a prerequisite. 

Course Content

The Coach Award content is delivered through the Core Coach Training and the Discipline Specific Training.

The Core Coach Training will explore different approaches to coaching, understanding and enabling learning, and some core coaching skills. You will also be supported in evolving your personal coaching development plan to enable you to take your learning into practice after the course.

The Discipline Specific Training focuses on HOW to coach the discipline specific skills and WHAT you will be coaching. The training explores how to coach technical and tactical skills. The course will help coaches plan and deliver safe, enjoyable, progressive coaching sessions and explore specifics to help coaches coach some typical athletes/learners relevant to you/your discipline.

Method of Assessment

At assessment, candidates will be required to complete the following assessment tasks:

  • Assessment Discussion Task
  • Practical Coaching
  • Rescue Skills
  • Personal Skills*
  • Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience

*The Personal Skills element of assessment is not applicable to the coaches pursuing the Freestyle, Polo, Racing, Slalom or Wild Water Racing qualifications. It is applicable to all other Coach Awards. 

Coach Award eLearning

You can find out more about the Coach Award eLearning package on the site here. You need to register for the course before you can gain access.