Paddle Sports Foundation Coaching Course

The coach development pathway takes coaches through a measured program to give them the skills and confidence to prepare individuals and teams from the introductory levels through to high performance and elite competition. It begins with basic paddling skills and works through to advanced performance.

Foundation Coach

The foundation coach works with beginners and recreational paddlers to introduce the basic paddling skills common to all canoe/kayak disciplines. Key discipline specific skills are also introduced. Foundation accreditation is suited to coaches introducing paddlers at canoe clubs and in schools.

Course Description:

  • The Queensland Canoeing Foundation (Level 1) Coaching Course consists of one full day between the hours of 7:00am to 5:00pm
  • Participants should expect each day to consist of approximately half a day in a semi classroom-style environment and the other half on the water
  • Candidates must be prepared to put their skills into practice and will be required to do some work prior to the course to assist in moving swiftly through the syllabus
  • Participants should come prepared for paddling sessions in both the morning and afternoon of the course

Course Cost:

  • $156* for current members of Paddle Queensland ($195* for non-members)  *plus booking and processing fees
  • Course fee does not include Paddle Australia Coach Registration fee
  • Please note: Courses need to meet minimum registration numbers to run on advertised dates. If sufficient numbers are not registered one week before the program, alternative arrangements will be made with registered participants.
  • Maximum 10 participants

Course Location/s:

  • Simpsons Playground, Graceville

Course Time:

  • 7am to 5pm

Pre-Requisites Prior to Attending the Coaching Course

  • Completion of the following Australian Sports Commission’s free online courses (with an assessment at the end of each module) : –
    • Community Coaching General Principles Course
    • Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course
    • Evidence of relevant basic canoe/kayak skills
        • Documentation required: – PA Basic Skills Award, evidence of involvement in canoeing as a competitive athlete, a current PAQS award, a current coaching certification in another canoeing discipline

What to bring to the course:

  • Your own lunch, morning and afternoon tea
  • A notebook and pen(s).
  • Evidence of completion of the ‘Community Coaching General Principles Course’ and the ‘Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course’.
  • All your own paddling gear including life-jacket, kayak, paddle for the practical on-water sessions, appropriate clothing for the weather, a warm, dry change of clothes and equipment that you would normally have with you when canoeing/kayaking.

For Enquiries contact:

Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;
On 0408 286 332 or by email to

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