Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference: Workshop Announcement

The 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference will take place on the 12th and 13th November at the excellent facilities offered by Eastwood Hall, Nottinghamshire. During the Sunday programme, delegates will have the opportunity to select workshops in the topic areas that support their development.

We are delighted to announce some the workshop options, ahead of bookings opening at the beginning of June –

(Re)Discover Freestyle

This workshop is all about developing your personal skills when playing on the river. Maybe you are new to freestyle, or perhaps you haven’t been in a boat like this for some time but have fond memories of the old days, then this could be the workshop for you! Anyone who is willing to get on the water, wants to play and doesn’t mind getting their head wet will be welcome. Some white-water skills and a moving water roll would be really beneficial for this workshop and a play-orientated boat will be essential (old school boats are very welcome!)

With his origins in paddlesport being founded in rodeo and playboating, Chris Brain has over 20 years of experience spinning, cartwheeling, looping and playing the river. Having worked closely with the GB freestyle team for many years as a coach, Chris has developed a huge range of paddlers in this area from those starting out for the first time right through to elite competitors.

Coaching Language

Come for a conversation not a lecture! Bring your experiences, thoughts and ideas, ready to explore how what we say, and the way we say it can, either deliberately or inadvertently, affect our own self efficacy, and the learning outcomes of the paddlers, leaders and coaches that we work with. We will try to put this into context, drawing from relevant coaching science, and learn from each other, so that we can go away with a greater awareness of what we say and how. The workshop is aimed at coaches and course providers who are interested in delving deeper into their practice, and are comfortable with the idea that they may leave with more questions than answers!

Jenna Sanders has a long experience of coaching paddlesport, as well as providing coaching and leadership awards, and is a part of the national trainer team. She’s in her happy place if she’s on the water, ideally with a single blade in her hands, and even happier if she’s getting to chat about coaching and learning.

SUP Safety and Skills

The SUP safety workshop is about upskilling those who wish to learn some new rescue techniques, and also to refresh some old skills a new way. Great way to introduce the importance of some key safety aspects to the sport of stand up paddleboarding. Aimed at those with limited SUP knowledge, or existing coaches and leaders who wish to look to introduce SUP to their credentials.

Adam Williams is a SUP Coach, Leader and Provider. Adam is a FE lecturer in Outdoor Leadership and has been for the last 17 years. As well as a paddler, with a background in expedition, freestyle and a tiny bit of racing, he’s always been involved in windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding. Since 2007, Adam and his wife have owned Boardin Skool, a SUP led business, aimed at providing leadership and safety courses for Stand Up Paddleboarding and adventure. They also run a youth development programme with all that SUP has to offer.

We’ve recently announced Doug CooperEmma Atkins and Dr Peter Olusoga as our keynote speakers. We will be sharing further details of the 2022 Paddlesport Coaching and Leadership Conference over the next few weeks, ahead of bookings opening in June.