Coaching Diploma

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The British Canoeing Awarding Body Coaching Diploma programme is targeted at coaches who wish to further develop the performance of the paddlers they coach, who are operating at the forefront of paddlesport coaching, and who have an interest in Postgraduate level study.

Coaching Diploma Overview

Length of Programme

‘Full’ programme is 2 years. ‘Bespoke’ and ‘partial’ options also available.

Previous experience

Applicants may have specialisms in one or more areas, for example:

  • Coaching paddlers in any of our competitive or non-competitive disciplines
  • Coaching paddlers in specific age groups
  • Coaching paddlers at different levels (e.g. beginner, intermediate, expert)
  • Coaching paddlers with different aspirants/motivations (e.g. participation, educational, high-performance, talent development)
  • Paddlesport Coach Education

Further Information

To find out more or to express your interest in the Coaching Diploma, please contact Karen Bagshaw through the contacts page here.

Course Documents

To view the associated documents with this course, click here.

The programme aims to support the development of coaches as visionary and knowledgeable decision makers, with exceptional skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards.

Coaches should expect that they will be able to advance their own and others development; lead cutting-edge programmes (or parts of); and make a positive impact on paddlesport performance and behaviour.

The course is an innovative programme run through a partnership between British Canoeing and the University of Stirling.

It aims to offer you an opportunity to reflect on your coaching practice; to question, share, reinforce those reflections; interact with, review, and consider academic literature to enhance your insights and to receive academic recognition.

Information for Potential Students

Coaching Diploma Prospectus  Coaching Diploma Prospectus (Size: 964.4 KB)

There are a range of options available for students interested in the Coaching Diploma. The ‘full’ programme is based over a two-year cycle and is made up of a series of distance learning modules, residential 2-day blocks, with integrated delivery and mentoring support from academic and Paddlesport Tutors. Candidates who successfully complete all these aspects achieve a Postgraduate Diploma and a British Canoeing Coaching Diploma, and also have the option to continue studies to complete an M.Sc.

Bespoke’ and ‘partial’ programmes are also on offer. Students can opt in to as many (or as few) of the distance learning modules, residential 2-day blocks, and field visits as they wish. The option of different university programmes for the Postgraduate component is also available. Some students choosing these options may be intending to complete the British Canoeing Coaching Diploma and/or achieve a Postgraduate Diploma… but this is not necessary. These options support coaches who wish to engage in the programme for personal development and aim to make the learning accessible to more coaches.

Following initial expressions of interest, through to programme start date is a collaborative time. We aim to support potential students assess the programme suitability to ensure that it is a good match for their needs and that it has potential to provide the learning opportunities being sought out.

British Canoeing is inviting coaches who may be interested joining the British Canoeing Coaching Diploma starting in May 2020, to get in touch! Please see the following documents.

Coaching Diploma Information for Potential Students  Coaching Diploma Information for Potential Students (Size: 163.9 KB)

British Canoeing Coaching Diploma: Expression of Interest (Online Form)

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New Performance Coach Award

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SUP Technique Videos

The SUP Technique videos are ideal for anyone new to SUP. Marie Buchanan, SUP Race Coach Provider, takes us through the fundamentals of SUP, including introducing essential kit, getting on the water safely and getting moving. 

 

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NEW Coaching Podcast

The Coaching Podcast explores different coaching topics with the Coach Developers from British Canoeing, with the aim of helping you develop your coaching practice. Topics include ‘Embracing mentoring’, ‘Addressing difficult conversations’ and ‘Getting into racing’.

Access it here.

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Paddle Award Crib Cards

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NEW Canoe Technical Model Videos

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NEW Leadership and Raft Guide Award suite

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NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning

The NEW Introduction to Safeguarding eLearning replaces the existing Paddlesafe course and is a great introduction for anyone who has limited contact with children or adults at risk.

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NEW CPD system to support you

Introduced in September 2020, the NEW supportive points based Continuous Professional Development (CPD) process. Aligned with our Educational Philosophy, CPD is individualised, allowing the Instructor, Coach and Leader to consider what areas they may need to develop. 

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Online Coaching Community of Practice

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NEW Freestyle Videos

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First Aid Extension eLearning

During the pandemic, BCAB introduced the extension eLearning to support anyone who needed to renew their First Aid. Anyone who was required to renew their First Aid qualification from the 16th March 2020 and has been unable to access a course, can complete the FREE eLearning course which keeps your First Aid current until 31st March 2021.

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Introduction to Paddlesport eLearning

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What it Takes to Progress: Strength and Conditioning Videos

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Polo Handbook

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Paddles Up Training

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NEW Leadership and Raft Guide Award documents available

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Explore the Coach Award eLearning

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NEW Leadership and Raft Guide Self-Analysis Tool

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Technical Group Recruitment

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British Canoeing shortlisted for prestigious national award

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Finalists for UK Coaching Awards

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The Coaching Self-Analysis Tool and Digital Library has been recognised under the Transforming Coaching Award.

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British Canoeing Challenge Cards

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NEW Safeguarding Refresher eLearning

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NEW Stadium Personal Performance Awards

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Merry Christmas!

After another busy year, British Canoeing Awarding Body would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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