British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment

1 day

Age 16+

Coaches with a discipline specific award are able to coach the discipline specific foundation skills and help people to develop their skills in defined environments, taking into account the technical, tactical, physiological and psychological elements of performance. They will also be able to coach discipline specific foundation and introductory flat-water skills.

Assessment will include an assessment discussion task, practical coaching, rescue skills, background knowledge, understand and experience.

The assessment will start at 1900hrs on the evening prior to the course start date when you will meet the assessment staff. During the evening the staff will spend time working through the assessment paperwork and your completed portfolio.

This should allow the following day to be run in as practical a way as possible, utilizing sportscotland Cumbrae's facility.

During the assessment you will be expected to deliver two coaching sessions to students. You will have time to prepare for this the evening before, when information about the students to be coached will also be given out.


Candidates are required to have completed a number of prerequisites including:
• Registration with Home Nation
• Coach Award eLearning
Coach Award Core Training
Once all prerequisites are in place candidates need Home Nation Association approval to proceed to assessment.

Candidates MUST take the following paperwork to their assessment:
• Completed Assessment Discussion Task
• Logbook of experience
• Evidence of your Home Nation Association approval for assessment

Equipment and Kit Information

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment - Kit Info

Paddlesports has been voted the fastest growing water-sport in the UK for the 4th year running and we are proud at sportscotland Cumbrae to be at the heart of these developments. The Centre is in a perfect location for Sea Kayaking and we have a wide range of modern equipment from some the UK’s leading manufactures including P&H Sea Kayaks & Werner Paddles.

Getting wet is unavoidable so we will make sure you have the correct gear. Peak UK wet-suits, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aids, spray decks and cag tops are available for your use and can be dried overnight ready for the next day’s action. You are of course welcome to use any of your own equipment, just run this past your coaching team. Time will be spent on this course talking through appropriate clothing; making sure you are aware of what is best for the sea conditions you are likely to encounter.

You may also want to bring garments such as swim wear, woolly hat and warm socks – even in July! Hot showers are available in the changing areas and accommodation areas so bring a spare towel.

Plastic. The time is right to highlight the devastating effect that plastic is having on our fragile marine environment. In an effort to reduce this burden we are making small steps and ask that our customers refrain from bringing plastic bags or plastic bottles on this course. Pack lunches will be provided and opportunities to fill up water bottles and flasks will be given at the start of the course.

Daily Schedule

British Canoeing Canoe and Kayak Coach (Sheltered Water) Assessment - Schedule

On arrival check in at our reception which is situated in the main entrance. You will be asked to complete a form with course and emergency contact details. A room key will be issued for residential guests and a brief outline of Centre facilities indicated.

Main timings of our day are:

Meals times

Lunch: 1230hrs. For residential guests - Breakfast: 0830hrs & Dinner: 1800hrs

All meals are served in the dining area.

Activity times. Assessment time begins at 1900hrs on the evening before, and your activity will run from 0930 – 1630hrs.

Your instructors will guide you with clothing, activity and the content of the sessions.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation we are not taking any course bookings at the moment. If you have any questions in the meantime please contact

Booking Options

1 Night B&B included before the course.

No places left? We strive to offer additional places on our courses.

Please call 01475 530757 for more information.

Date Price Quantity
18 Sep 20 £140 -


Name Price Quantity
Need more Accommodation? B&B £31 -