You'll get plenty of practical advice that supports your journey towards the Open Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification on this two day course. Or you can simply use it as a repeatable, stand-alone course to support your ongoing learning and development. Alongside our friendly, highly experienced team, you'll explore different approaches to coaching and understanding and enabling learning. You'll also gain some core coaching skills as they apply to coaching Open Water Canoeing on Moderate Open Waters. We'll support you in evolving your personal coaching development plan so that you have plenty of guidance to take away and put your learning into practice after the course.
You'll have gained invaluable guidance to help you achieve the Open Water Canoe Coach Award Qualification, and have your own action plan to help your development continue. If you're not working towards the qualification, you'll go away with plenty of practical guidance to support your ongoing learning and development.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll spend day one applying your Core Coach Training on moderate open water in both solo and tandem boats. We'll cover paddling into, across, and down winds of up to force 4. On day two, we'll evaluate your coaching and use the feedback to help you develop an action plan for assessment and/or further improvements to your coaching.
Prior to your Coach Award Assessment you must have completed a number of prerequisites;
Full Home Nation Association Membership
Core Coach Training
Canoe Leader Award
Your personal paddling skills should be well developed so that the full focus of the course is on coaching skills.
We also recommend that you're able to demonstrate the skills you've developed from the Canoe Leader award.
You'll also need good knowledge of the discipline Open Water canoeing, as this provides the content of what you'll be coaching.
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 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.
All you really need to bring is sufficient base clothing to wear, and some suitable footwear. Our stores have a wide range of Peak UK soft wear as well as paddles and poles. We have an extensive selection of kayaks from a range of manufacturers. This is an ideal opportunity to try something new if you'd like to. If you prefer the familiar, feel free to bring your own kit.
You'll get the most from this course if you're fit and your paddling feels sharp, as it's an active course in challenging conditions. Ideally, you'll also have some recent experience of coaching open canoes.