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By Erik Rasmussen
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Coaching Awards

Since the autumn of 2007, the British Canoe Union (BCU) have been bringing in a new coaching system which they hope to improve the experience of paddlers coming in to the sport by increasing the standard of coaching across the sport.  The new awards offer national accreditation by the BCU, the UKCC (UK Coaching Certificate), and the National Qualifications Framework.

The diagram below shows each of the new BCU UKCC levels, the pre-requisites required and the remit they give. This diagram does not show how coaches with old scheme qualifications fit in to the new scheme or how the new awards compare to the old ones.  Canoe Wales (a division of the BCU) has developed a good webpage outlining progression options for all old scheme coaches.

SOURCE: Canoe Wales

* BCU Environmental Definitions can be viewed here.

Continued Professional Development (CPD) & Discipline Support modules

The BCU is committed to ensuring that coaches are able to continue their development and improve their knowledge in specific areas whenever they see the need.  Foundation Modules and Discipline Support modules can be attended by anyone at any time in their coaching career.  BCU UKCC Level 2 trainees must attend one foundation module prior to their assessment (holding a 3 star in both a single-bladed and a double-bladed discipline would also fulfil this requirement).  Refer to the BCU Coaching Support Modules webpage for more information.

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

The BCU recognises that in some instances aspirant coaches will have prior experience that may enable them to enter the Coaching Awards programme at a higher level.   If you feel you have experience that can be accredited as prior experience refer to the APL webpage for more information.

Coach Updates

BCU coaching qualifications do not have an expiry date, so once you have gained an award, you will never “lose” that qualification. However as an active coach, you should:

  • Hold a current first aid certificate, of a level required by your qualifications – see the BCU First Aid webpage for more information
  • Be a comprehensive member of the BCU
  • Have current and up to date knowledge on the latest best practices: in both safety and coaching elements. The way in which this is officially recognised is through a process called revalidation

Refer to the Coach Update webpage for more information.