You're ready for your ability to operate as an Open Water Canoe Coach to be put to the test. You'll need to show that you can coach the skills required for paddling on moderate Open Waters; large lakes/lochs in winds up to force 4, and no more than 500m from shore. Your coaching skills with paddlers in any canoe, solo or tandem, and in a range of open water environments will be assessed.
A successful assessment will result in you achieving the Open Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification.
You'll also lay sound foundations for advanced open water canoe development in the future.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll be assessed over coaching two sessions - 90 minutes in total. Both of these sessions will include elements carried out in moderate open water conditions. In addition you'll need to demonstrate your ability to paddle comfortably and deal with a selection of safety and rescue incidents in these conditions.
Prior to your Coach Award Assessment must have completed a number of prerequisites, which are, in summary;
Registration Coach Award
eLearning Coach Award
Core Training Coach Award
Discipline Specific Training
Canoe Leaders award
Specific details (and acceptable alternatives) are provided in the Coach Award Course Guide.
Why Choose Plas y Brenin?
Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.
If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself. We may also be able to arrange a transfer from Llandudno Junction train station, subject to availability. We would need a minimum of one week’s notice prior to your course start date – please contact reception to learn more.
When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). However, we have an extensive fleet of canoes, so if you're travelling some distance, we can provide you with one.
You'll need to bring sufficient equipment to enable you to look after a group of paddlers in open water conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful teaching aids.
You should be fully conversant with the content of the British Canoeing Coach Award documentation as it relates to Open Water Canoe Coaching, and comfortable that your coaching skills are at the level required for Open Waters; large lakes/lochs in winds up to force 4, and no more than 500m from shore.