Canoe England

Foundation modules.

Foundation Modules currently being offered include;

  • Foundation safety & rescue
  • Coaching of the Mind
  • Coaching Young paddlers
  • Mentoring in Paddlesport
  • Fundimentals of paddlepsort
  • Fitness for paddlesport

 

Please scroll down the page to read the course outline for any of these foundation modules.

Foundation Safety & Rescue Training (FSRT).

Safety is no accident, understanding the basics of Canoe/ kayak Safety  as a parent, participant or a coach is vital. This course will aid your understanding of this sport, help to build your confidence to deal with common emergencies and equip you for development into the BCU /UKCC coaching scheme.

 

This flat water training course is your first step into understanding and responding to paddle sport emergencies. This course is designed for all paddlers (novice +)and coaches and supporting parents using any paddle sport craft. The practice session equips you with safe practice and simple ways to rescue, in a variety of situations in sheltered water environments. These basic techniques are the basis for the continuation throughout the BCU safety and rescue schemes.

 

  • Reference code: (FSRT)
  • Duration: (1 day/ 6 hours)
  • Requirement: 2 star paddler.
  • Max ratio: 1:6
  • Minimum ratio; 2
  • Venues: T.B.C
  • Cost: 2 people =£150; 3=£180, 4 =£200. 5 = £240, 5= £260. Individually booking onto an open course = £80 pp.

Coaching of the Mind.

This foundation module is recognized as  part of a coaching update or requiement to progress a level within your coaching. This Canoe England accredited course tackles the basics of sports psychology and its application in paddle sport. This course is designed to introduce coaches to the role of mental skills in paddlesport development and performance and to relate the area of mental skills training to coaching and paddler development and provide some working definitions/ activities to take away. Course goals include; Introduce the concept of mental skills training, basic concepts of imagery training, basic concepts of concentration training and styles and the basic concepts of optimal arousal and arousal control strategies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES- By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand the place and value of mental skills training in paddlesport
  • Understand processes and practices necessary to develop mental skills
  • Describe applications of imagery in paddlesport training and performance arenas
  • Understand multi sensory nature of imagery and internal/external perspectives
  • Experience exercises in imagery training
  • Understand the various styles of attentional focus and the appropriateness to paddlesport situations
  • Experience exercises in concentration training
  • Understand the concept of optimal arousal and its application within paddlesport
  • Explore strategies for lowering arousal and practice a basic relaxation technique
  • Explore strategies for raising arousal and practice a basic ‘psyching up’ technique

 

  • Reference code; (FCOTM).
  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind, aimed at Level 1 and 2 coaches but useful to recreational paddlers.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:20
  • Venue: to be confirmed

 

FUNDAMENTAL PADDLESPORT SKILLS

This 3-hour practical workshop has been developed for paddling or non-paddling coaches working with paddlers in their first few years of paddling activity. The workshop can be tailored to suit coaches from Level 1 through to Level 5 from any discipline.

This workshop aims to help ensure that paddlers develop quality skills during their formative years by expanding coaches:

• understanding about what is required to add quality to performance

• observation skills

• ability to use appropriate games, activities and practices to develop performance

 LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand the four concepts that underpin quality paddlesport skills (Active posture, connectivity, power and feel)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the four concepts through performance of a variety of discipline specific skills
  • Observe and evaluate performance in relation to the four concepts
  • Develop practices to improve observed areas of weakness

Reference code; (FF).

  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:10
  • Venue: to be confirmed

Canoe England certification costs are extra.

Outdoor Education & Paddle Sport.

This foundation module is recognised as a coaching update course extending your thinking and practices. This Canoe England accredited course tackles the currency of Outdoor Education (OE), the background and research underpinning practice, evaluating/ challenging ideas and principles, whilst gaining practical activities to promote change or create awareness in other paddlesport participants. This course should help you create deeper Outdoor Education understanding, develop your attitudes and valuesa dn improve your goal/ task setting abilities to encourage protection of the Outdoor Environment through action. Goals include defining; What is coaching in the outdoors? Many definitions exist but general agreement within research and literature suggests that outdoor education is:

• Education in the outdoors

• Education for the outdoors

• The use of resources outdoors to meet educational goals

This module is designed to introduce Paddlesport coaches to the key concepts of coaching in the outdoors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Consider the role of paddlesport in outdoor education
  • Appreciate the importance of current research to support our work as coaches
  • Raise the importance of setting clear outcomes to meet our goals in outdoor education
  • Identify how we might categorise goals so that we can develop better strategies to meet them.
  • Develop your own ways forward to incorporate the key ideas form this presentation into paddlesport coaching relating to the individual, group or environment

 

  • Reference code; (FOEE).
  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:20
  • Venue: to be confirmed

Canoe England certification costs are extra.

Mentoring skills for paddlesport coaches.

The module intends to equip coaches with a definition of modern mentoring. Identifying its principles, elements of best practice and the vocabulary which current mentor education embraces.

LEARNiNG OUTCOMES:By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Mentoring is a skill and therefore can be learnt
  • Effective mentoring has a process with a definite form
  • There are rewards and challenges when taking on the role of the mentor
  • The need to identify a clear vocabulary for accurate mentoring
  • Where in their own coaching relationships could they explore practical opportunities to
  • develop their mentoring skills

NOTES:

Becoming a mentor is challenging and rewarding in equal measures. It is challenging because you are actively involved in the professional development of the coach and the long-term improvement of paddlesport coaching. There is therefore a responsibility to be as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about recent developments in coaching and coach education. It is rewarding because as a mentor you will have opportunities to articulate your own perspective, views and beliefs about coaching to another coach effectively reflecting on your own thinking and practice. As the mentor to another coach you will inevitably become involved with their delivery of coaching, touching along the way on personal and professional activities associated with the coaches development. This interaction will stimulate your own understanding of coaching, bringing professional activity and debate into the process. In conclusion there is a profit for both parties engaged in a mentoring process and it should be appreciated that this is an exciting and demanding context in which a coach can develop professionally.

Reference code; (FM).

  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:20
  • Venue: to be confirmed

Canoe England certification costs are extra.

Coaching young paddlers.

This module has been introduced in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of young people who are instructed by BCU coaches every year and the importance of providing the best support and help to meet their needs. It is designed to help coaches who may work with young people aiming at Olympic success or those providing someone’s very first experience in paddlesport. It aims to help coaches deliver sessions in a way that meet young paddlers needs, so that they want to come back for more and that they help young paddlers to be the best they can be, whatever their ability or aspirations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of adapting practice and behaviour to meet the needs of young people
  • Plan and deliver coaching sessions to maximize learning and enjoyment
  • Recognise young peoples needs based on their physical, social and psychological
  • development
  • Recognise the diversity of Paddlesport and the benefits to young people
  • List the BCU, and Home Nation Association youth initiatives and have discussed methods and issues relating to implementation at their club/centre
  • Apply good practice when coaching young people

 

  • Reference code; (Foundation- Young paddlers).
  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:20
  • Venue: to be confirmed

Canoe England certification costs are extra.

FITNESS FOR PADDLESPORTS

 This module is designed to introduce competition and recreational coaches to the key concepts of fitness – training, nutrition and physiology. It is intended as a standalone module such that paddlers and coaches can attend with no prior knowledge of sports science should be able to attend and access all the delivered material.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this workshop participants should be able to:

  • Provide the details of a normal balanced diet
  • Explain the links between diet and performance
  • Discuss conditioning training for their paddlesport discipline(s)
  • Identify the benefits of strength training for canoe and kayak
  • Describe the reasons behind planning for and regularly monitoring fitness programmes for paddlers

Reference code; (FFFP).

  • Duration: (3 hours)
  • Requirement; come with an open mind.
  • Min ration: 1:4
  • Max ration; 1:20
  • Venue: to be confirmed

Canoe England certification costs are extra.