As part of the British Canoeing Awarding Body Coaching Diploma, students complete an Independent Study which provides an opportunity to identify an area of personalised, context-specific study or research to further their understanding of identified theories/concepts/literature within an area of particular relevance to them.
“A defining element of coaching expertise is characterised by the coach’s ability to make decisions” (Harvey et al, 2015). The Moderate Water environment is a challenging one for coaches to work in and there are always decisions to be made, whether these decisions relate to the physical environment conditions, psychological needs of participants, or coaching interventions to enhance performance. The training for moderate water endorsements, however, is only two days which doesn’t leave much scope for training on how to make decisions and what decisions might need to be made. Therefore, the purpose of this study was examine the decision-making processes of expert and novice coaches and identify any training that aided them in their decision-making. Findings could be used to inform adaptations to training on Moderate Water Endorsement courses.