Courses & Qualifications

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Polo Coach

The polo coach award is the coaching award for canoe polo from British Canoeing. The Coach award is split into 2 days core coach training with access to specific e-learning modules (same for all disciplines) and 2 days polo discipline specific training. Each candidate will then receive an actions plan leading to an assessment (a pre assessment task plus a 90 minute practical assessment). This is suitable for most coaches from looking to introduce beginners through to advanced paddlers and teams.


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Performance coach is another coaching award from British Canoeing. This looks at developing your coaching knowledge and skills.

Paddlesport leader award

Part of British Canoeing leadership awards it maybe of interest to some clubs to support some of their paddling.

The award qualifies paddlers to lead 'journeys' in sheltered open water, canals and slow moving water.  There are no prerequisites, you can go straight to assessment if you feel you can meet the assessment criteria or attend a training course.

A typical assessment  is one day paddling on open water and one day on slow moving water looking at candidates leadership skills, paddling skills and rescue/ safety skills.

You could do assessment in polo boat if able to rescue all other craft from kayak (kayak, canoe, SUP etc).

UKCC Discipline Support Module Canoe Polo Level 1

The day is designed for coaches from all paddle-sport disciplines who would like to deliver structured canoe polo sessions within their club or group and clubs who would like to develop their new coaches or polo players.

The module looks at what is required for canoe polo both from a performance point of view and logistical point of view. How we structure a polo session to aid safe enjoyable learning and how we build up polo related skills with our paddlers in order to take part in competitions and be able to play set tactics.

Syllabus Level 1 Module.

Personal performance awards

British Canoeing have updated their personal performance awards, there are three generic paddling awards and many discipline specific awards. The generic awards are: Paddle Start Award, Paddle Discover Award and Paddle Explore Award. The polo awards are: Polo explore, polo perform and polo excel.