Coaching is a key element in developing sportsmen and sportswomen, not only improve individual and team performance but also to further enhance and enjoy the sport.
Beginners benefit by learning in a safe and controlled environment and for the advanced, opportunities to compete on the world stage are an incentive. We are committed to meeting the needs of paddlers of all interests, with the coaching objectives reflecting this approach:
- Develop better qualified coaches.
- Provide coaches with the skills and confidence to train paddlers and athletes.
- Provide coaches with suitable teaching methods.
- Maintain coach training programs that reflect best practice.
- Keep abreast of the latest developments contributing to athlete performance.
- Develop world class coaches at all levels – club, state, national, and international.
- Take a holistic approach to athlete development.
- Create a deep pool of coaches nationwide.
Introduction: The Introductory coach works with paddlers who wish to gain coaching on core paddling skills. The introductory coach would ideally operate under the supervision of a current Foundation coach or above.
Foundation: The foundation coach works with paddlers who wish to gain an introduction to discipline specific skills. The foundation coach is aimed at coaches training paddlers for state level competitions.
Talent: The talent coach works with intermediate paddlers wanting to advance their understanding of their chosen discipline. The talent coach is aimed at coaches training paddlers for state and national level competitions.
Elite: The elite coach works with advanced paddlers to refine and enhance their skills and understanding of their chosen discipline. The elite coach is aimed at coaches training paddlers for senior national teams and major international competitions.
Mastery: The mastery coach works with world class paddlers to perfect their skills and understanding of their chosen discipline. The mastery coach is aimed at coaches preparing paddlers for world stage competitions with repeated international podium success.
Coaching qualifications are not designed to be safety and rescue qualifications. They are to help develop and refine paddling skills to enhance a paddlers skill. Participants should be able to rescue themselves in the environment in which the coaching is being undertaken.
Minimum Age for Leadership Qualifications
Participants must be over 16 years of age to obtain a Foundation Coaching qualification. 18 years to hold anything higher.