The Adventure Dolphin Charity offer opportunities to complete British Canoeing coach training and assessment. The courses ensure that coaches are fully and properly prepared to take part in the sport and can instruct others in all aspects of technique, safety and understanding.
As part of this development programme Foundation Modules / courses have been developed by the British Canoeing providing an insight into different topic areas including:
- Fitness for Paddlesport
- Coaching the Mind
- Performance Planning for Paddlesport Coaches
- Mentoring for Paddlesport Coaches
- Coaching Young Paddlers
- Fundamental Paddlesport Skills
- Swimming Pools and Paddlesport
...and some of these may be provided by the Charity (currently being reviewed).
Further details can be obtained from the British Canoeing website at www.canoe-england.org.uk
From Level 1 to Level 5 - The tests and qualifications are structured to take account of the type of craft being used and the type of canoeing environment, for instance very sheltered water through to advanced water (demanding conditions).
Further details can be found here ...coaching qualifications courses
The Terms of Reference for Coaches can be found here www.canoe-england.org.uk
Safety & Rescue
Adventure Dolphin can deliver British Canoeing Safety Training courses for paddlers of all skill levels. These are designed to provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to operate safely in a range of different environments.
The two principal courses and qualifications offered are:
- Foundation Safety and Rescue Training & Assessment
- White Water Safety and Rescue Training & Assessment
Coaching Workshops & CPD Recognition
The Charity actively encourage all coaches to keep up-to-date with relevant developments in paddlesport and in general coaching/leading best practice. In support of this monthly coach workshops are being run at The Dolphin Centre run by various senior coaches.
If there are areas you wish to cover then please let us know and we will try to fit this into the planned programme.
Details on how to get these training sessions formally recognized as CPD by the British Canoeing are given in the links below:
If instead of coaching you wish to establish yourself as a qualified Leader to take a group of paddlers on a river or open water (i.e. lake or reservoir) then this may be the qualification for you. One of the prerequisites is that you should be 16 years or older (see below for Youth Leadership Awards).
Adventure Dolphin offer the British Canoeing Paddlesport Four Star Leader Training and Assessment courses for Open Canoe and Touring (taken in open canoe or kayak).
In addition to booking on our Leadership courses you will need to register with the British Canoeing explained here Registration Guidance
Youth Leadership Awards - Cadet Leader Award
Adventure Dolphin actively encourage and introduce young people into leadership roles within Paddlesport. This scheme hopes to encourage their involvement, development of skills and recognize those already helping out.
It is aimed at young people aged 13 to 16 years and there is no entry skill level although it is anticipated that the young person would be working to achieve, or have achieved, 2 star, Paddlepower Discover or have equivalent experience.
Training is based at the Charity and is supervised by a British Canoeing Level 2 coach or 'old' BCU Level 3 coach.
Further British Canoeing information can be found here www.britishcanoeing.org.uk