NEW Equipment Management and Safety eLearning

British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to introduce the NEW Equipment Management and Safety eLearning.

Managing equipment appropriately is an important consideration for everyone involved in paddlesport activity.

For many, such as clubs and commercial activity providers, managing equipment is second nature but it is important to understand the legal requirements of equipment management and how good practice can contribute to safety and help maintain the life expectancy of equipment. Managing equipment does not have to be complicated, time consuming and onerous, but it is something that needs consideration and appropriate processes need to be put in place. 

The eLearning takes around an hour to complete, counts as 5 CPD points and costs £10. Once completed, this will be added to your National Association record. We encourage anyone from the paddling community who wants to improve their knowledge about equipment management to complete the eLearning. 

Click here to complete the NEW Equipment Management and Safety eLearning.  

Please note, we are using a new platform called SAROLA. If you previously had an account on the BCAB Learning platform, your account will still work through the SAROLA platform.

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NEW Leadership and Raft Guide Awards

In January 2021, we launched the new awards suite that aims to create more opportunities for people to paddle by increasing the number of qualified leaders and raft guides. 

The awards suite aligns to the Educational Philosophy and supports leaders and raft guides to run safe, quality, enjoyable trips, based on their group’s needs and aspirations. The awards are ideal for clubs, centres and activity providers looking to lead groups on single or mixed craft journeys, from sheltered water to advanced water.

Find out more.

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NEW Stadium Personal Performance Awards

In January 2021, we introduced two new awards for paddlers looking to develop their personal skills on man-made, artificial white water courses. 

The NEW Stadium White Water Award and Progressive Stadium White Water Award are designed to develop your ability to apply appropriate decision making skills for a safe day out white water paddling on a man-made, white water venue.

Read the course content here.

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Core Coach Training now available online

In March 2021, we launched the online option for Core Coach Training, giving learners the choice of whether they wish to complete the training practically or online. To find an upcoming online Core Coach Training course, please visit your Delivery Centre website.

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Season 2 of the Coaching Podcast

Throughout this year, we’ve explored three mini series with our hosts, as well as bringing you your usual updates about all things coaching from British Canoeing. The mini series have covered:

  • Lee Pooley – How do you know what to Coach?
  • Sid Sinfield – Get to know the World Class Performance Coaches
  • Pete Catterall – Discipline Specific Coaching

Catch up on all the episodes here.

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New Introduction to Fitness eLearning

The FREE new eLearning package is aimed at paddlers, parents, instructors, coaches and leaders, fitness is a key consideration for anyone involved in paddlesport. This activity introduces the ‘who’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of fitness in paddlesport and covers an introduction to a range of topics.

Start your eLearning today.

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Become a Raft Guide

Launched in January 2021, British Canoeing Raft Guide qualifications are recognised and used throughout the UK and Internationally. Watch our short video to find out why you should become a Raft Guide.

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New Technical Advice Guidance for Paddlesport

The five points offer guidance to anyone considering offering paddlesport technical advice or to a business/organisation employing (paid or unpaid) someone for their paddlesport technical advice.

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NEW What It Takes To Progress Resources

The range of resources aim to support athlete development, specific to the Slalom discipline. These resources would support coaches develop an understanding, deliver sections within the programmes related to What It Takes To Progress, as well as signpost learners.

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NEW Risk Management and Risk Assessment eLearning

In June, we shared this new eLearning which is a great resource for instructors, coaches, leaders, providers, deployers and activity providers, looking to further develop an understanding of the responsibilities of managing risk, as well as identifying risk and writing risk assessments.

Start your eLearning today.

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Stand Up Paddleboard Leashes

As part of our continual work to raise safety awareness for anyone paddling a Stand Up Paddleboard, British Canoeing Awarding Body, alongside the SUP Technical Group, have produced a short instruction video. The video includes the different leashes available, quick release systems, use of buoyancy aids and additional safety equipment for consideration.

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New Good Practice Guidance for BCAB Instructors, Coaches and Leaders

BCAB Instructor, Coach and Leader qualifications are well respected throughout the world, due to the robust training and assessments that take place through a regulated framework of verification and standardisation. We would encourage anyone with responsibility for paddlers on the water to consider the good practice guidelines.

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NEW Paddlesports workouts for when your at home

In January, we introduced 6 weeks of paddlesports workouts for when we all spent more time at home, giving everyone the golden opportunity to improve our paddling through some physical training.

You can catch up on the workouts over Christmas! All you need is a bit of space, so everyone can join in at home or in the garden! The workout is split into 3 key areas, strength, cardio and mobility, all aimed at paddlesport.

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What It Takes To Progress: Learning to Train Videos

Supporting the athlete development framework, our What It Takes To Progress (WITTP) model, BCAB have been working with the English Institute of Sport to provide a series of videos that demonstrate a range of exercises covering profiling, learning to train and common mistakes.

Athletes Ieuan James and Deborah Kerr take us through a range of exercises including squats and lunges, as well as exercises focused on the trunk and shoulders.

These videos are useful for all paddlers, instructors, coaches and leaders. 

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New Assessing Competence in the Paddlesport Environment eLearning

In July, we introduced the new ACPE eLearning which focuses on the processes of assessing as well as the standardisation of assessment across awards and qualifications. It’s full of great information to help both new and experienced assessors consider their current practice.

Start your eLearning today

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NEW Leader and Raft Guide Self-Analysis Tool

In January, we introduced the new tool, aimed at existing and aspirant Leaders and Raft Guides, to aid you in identifying specific areas of development, so you can plan your own unique learning and development journey based on your responses.

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NEW British Canoeing Awarding Body Youtube Channel

We introduced the NEW BCAB Youtube Channel so you can find all the videos related to our qualifications and lots of resources to help you develop.

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 What It Takes to Progress: Stage 1 Fundamental Movement Skills

Supporting the athlete development framework, our What It Takes To Progress (WITTP) model, BCAB have been working with the English Institute of Sport to provide a series of videos covering Stage 1 Fundamental Movement Skills targeted at paddlers. 

Athlete Ed MacDonald demonstrates a range of exercises covering the topic areas of double leg exercises, single leg exercises, hinge exercise and upper body exercises.

These videos are useful for all paddlers, instructors, coaches and leaders. 

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NEW Personal Performance Award Provider Refresher eLearning

This eLearning is aimed at existing PPA Providers to ensure continual development, standardisation and delivery of our Educational Philosophy. We have developed this eLearning update to revisit the awards, explore methods of delivery as well as focus on a specific area to support both providers and paddlers.

Find out more and start your eLearning today.

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NEW Technical Group members announced

In August 2021, we opened applications for new Technical Group members. With a number of broad ranging applications and varying experiences, we were pleased to be able to select a diverse group of individuals to represent the Technical Groups.

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NEW Introduction to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion eLearning

During National Inclusion Week in September, we share this new eLearning package which gives learners an insight into a range of topics, with interactive activities and resources throughout the module. Learners will also be signposted to further information about specific topics, such as LGBTQ+ inclusion and engaging more women and girls.

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The Coaching Podcast now include transcripts

In April, we shared that the Coaching Podcasts will now include transcripts, giving you the option of listening or reading the content of the podcast. 

Tune in or catch up on the Coaching Podcast.

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New Equipment Management and Safety eLearning

In November we introduced this eLearning package to support anyone from the paddling community who wants to improve their knowledge about equipment management to complete the eLearning.

Managing equipment appropriately is an important consideration for everyone involved in paddlesport activity.

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SUP Safety – Choosing the Correct Leash

In collaboration with British Canoeing, we share this infographic which gives advice on the different types of leashes for SUP and their uses.

The leash is a key source of safety when paddle boarding. It keeps you and your paddleboard together when things don’t go to plan. 

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NEW Leading in Unfamiliar Environments eLearning

Introduced in January 2021, the new Leading in Unfamiliar Environments eLearning is perfect for new and experienced leaders. Whether you are planning a big adventure to another country, or just heading down the road to a new stretch of water, this activity is packed full of information to help guide you through the process.

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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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