Performance Coach

British Canoeing Awarding Body

Please note, the existing Performance Coach Award will be replaced on the 29th June 2020 by the NEW Performance Coach Award. Click here to read more.

If you want to take the next step on your coaching journey, the British Canoeing Awarding Body Performance Coach Award trains you to plan, deliver and review long-term coaching programmes.

Performance Coach Award Overview

Minimum age

18 years


Guided Learning Hours: 48

Total Qualification Time (hours): 80


Optional and free-of-charge

Completion time

You have 48 months to complete the course

More Information

For more information on the Performance Coach, view the Performance Coach 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.

The Performance Coach Award develops the progressive coaching skills gained at the Coach Award and is aimed at coaches working predominantly with paddlers in their intermediate years of paddling activity, i.e. the Train to Train, Train to Perform and Recreational Phases.

The Performance Coach Award is discipline specific and currently available in:

  • Open Canoe
  • White Water Kayak
  • Sea
  • Surf
  • Slalom
  • Sprint Racing
  • Marathon Racing

Candidates can also choose to undertake the qualification as either a bank-based or boat-based coach.

Course Content

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

The Core Training programme provides candidates with the tools to plan, deliver and review long-term coaching programmes in their specialist discipline. It provides an in-depth look at the coaching process in the context of intermediate and long-term coaching and includes effective use of coaching behaviours, delivering sessions where candidates’ individualised needs are identified, as well as reviewing strategies for coaching and performance.

The Discipline Specific training provides an applied look at the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of the coaching process and the technical and tactical skills required to effectively coach boat-handling techniques and manoeuvres in the context of the chosen discipline.

Method of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in two parts; an Assessment Portfolio and a Final Assessment Day.

The Assessment Portfolio contains six assessment tasks that are completed by the candidate between attending Discipline Specific Training and the Final Assessment Day. The Final Assessment Day includes a further three direct practical assessment tasks:

  • Direct Coaching Assessment (incorporating safety management and leadership)
  • Questioning
  • Personal Skills (boat-based candidates only)

During this day the candidates can coach either long-term or unknown candidates. The Assessor will observe a minimum of two hour-long coaching sessions.