Assessment Discussion Task: the coach needs to show that they can:
• plan progressive activities to achieve agreed aims
• identify athlete/learner needs
• select appropriate content and progressions to meet the athlete/learner needs
• select appropriate coaching strategies to meet the athlete/learner needs.
Practical Coaching: Coaches are required to plan and deliver a minimum of 90-minutes practical and progressive coaching activity. This can be through two separate practice based sessions, multiple smaller sessions or one long session.
Rescue Skills: In all cases, the coach is required to manage safety appropriately within their practical coaching assessment, including the management of any rescue situations. This will be assessed through observation and questioning. In addition to this, coaches need to show that they have the competence, judgement and decision making skills to safely manage the following incidents:
• a capsized paddler
• an upright incapacitated paddler
• an unconscious paddler who is upside down in deep water
• an upright entrapped (or swamped) paddler
• a self-rescue (where you, the coach, have capsized or fallen in the water)
Personal Skills: The coach must demonstrate efficient, effective personal skills. Coaches need to demonstrate efficient and effective personal skills to facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable coaching sessions in the upper end of the environments defined by the specific award.
Background Knowledge, Understanding and Experience: A wide range of background knowledge, understanding and experience is required to fulfil the coach’s responsibilities and to inform their judgement and decision-making. The assessment of this will be blended throughout the assessment programme with questioning, discussion, specific tasks and evidenced by the actions taken.
Please note this assessment will start at 1900hrs on the evening before course date advertised.
The coach must demonstrate efficient, effective personal skills. Coaches need to demonstrate efficient and effective personal skills to facilitate safe, quality, enjoyable coaching sessions in the upper end of the environments defined by the specific award. A wide range of background knowledge, understanding and experience is required to fulfil the coach’s responsibilities and to inform their judgement and decision-making.
Candidates are required to have completed a number of prerequisites including:
• Registration with Home Nation
• Coach Award eLearning
• Coach Award Core Training
• Sea Kayak Coach (Moderate Water) Training
• Sea Kayak Leader Award
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
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-suit, wet-suit boots, buoyancy aid, spray deck and cag top is 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.×
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:
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.
Residential Guests: Evenings are generally free time unless your course has specific tutelage incorporated or activities have been pre-arranged.×