This course will assess your ability to operate as a Sea Kayak coach (Advanced Water). You'll need to demonstrate your ability to coach the skills required for paddling a sea kayak in advanced tidal conditions i.e. up to and including - Sea state 5>, Beaufort wind 5 and above, Advanced surf (1m>) and tidal flow over 2 knots.
To be successful, you'll show that you can work with paddlers in sea kayaks in a range of the sea kayak environments to develop their skills in moderate tidal conditions i.e. up to and including - Sea state 5, Beaufort wind 5 and above, Advanced surf (1m>) and tidal flow over 2 knots. In addition you'll need to demonstrate suitable personal skills and and effective safety and rescue strategy.
You should be fully conversant with the content of the British Canoeing Coach Award documentation as it relates to Sea Kayak Coaching (Advanced Water).
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll coach two sessions in advanced conditions with a minimum of two real students. You'll also will need to demonstrate suitable personal skills and and effective safety and rescue strategy.
Prior to your Coach Award Assessment you'll have completed in summary;
Registration Coach Award
eLearning Coach Award
Core Training Coach Award
Discipline Specific Training
Advanced Sea Kayak Leader Award
The following minimum standards of deployment:
In date First Aid Training
Full Home Nation Association Membership Aged 18 or over at the time of assessment
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 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.
As it is an assessment we would expect you to be self-sufficient for equipment. However, we have an extensive fleet of canoes and kayaks, 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 advanced sea conditions. You should be prepared to deal with emergency situations as well as carry any useful safety and rescue and coaching aids.
You'll be a very active and experienced sea kayak coach. This assessment should be just another day in the office.