You'll be assessed on your ability to operate as a Sea Kayak coach, coaching the skills required for paddling a sea kayak in moderate tidal conditions (up to and including - Sea state 4, Beaufort wind 4, moderate surf (>1m) and tidal flow up to 2 knots), and laying sound foundations for advanced sea kayaking development in the future. You'll be assessed working with paddlers in sea kayaks, and in a range of sea kayaks environments.
You'll be one step further to your Sea Kayak Coach Award Qualification.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll be assessed delivering two coaching sessions of 90 minutes mostly in moderate sea conditions. In addition you will need to display personal skills and appropriate leadership, safety and rescue skills.
Prior to your Coach Award Assessment you are required to have completed a number of prerequisites, in summary;
Registration Coach Award
eLearning Coach Award
Core Training Coach Award
Discipline Specific Training
Sea Kayak Leader Award
The following minimum standards of deployment:
In date First Aid Training
Full Home Nation Association Membership Aged 16 or over at the time of assessment
Specific details (and acceptable alternatives) are provided in the Coach Award Course Guide. Once all prerequisites are in place you need Home Nation Association approval to proceed to assessment. Further details are available from your Home Nation Association.
You MUST take the following paperwork to your assessment:
Completed Assessment Discussion Task
Logbook of experience
Evidence of your Home Nation Association approval for assessment
Providers are not able to accept candidates on to assessment courses without these items.
Note that you will be required to engage in the course and all that it requires through the medium of English language (unless the course is advertised/delivered through Welsh language).
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.
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 sea 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 teaching aids.
You'll want to be on top of your game for this assessment. So you'll have been coaching sea kayaking regularly leading up to this assessment. You'll have practiced emergency scenarios and have your planning well tuned.