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White Water Canoe Coach Assessment

Assessments don’t need to be difficult. On a Wild River coach assessment we will give you the opportunity to work with students who are keen to learn from you. We will bring students who are receptive to learning and open to the coaching you deliver.

As with all our courses this assessment will be run in a relaxed and open atmosphere.

Each candidate will be given a small group of students to teach. After a period of observation and analysis you can coach your students towards your agreed goal.

Moderate Water Canoe Coach Assessment

Preparation for Assessment

Whilst working with students in your development phase between discipline specific training and assessment we recommend that you keep a record of the learning. This could be via session plans and reviews or a simple logbook. It could also be documented and a different way that suits you.

We will also want to read your coaching episode in preparation for the professional discussion.

Two weeks prior to the assessment we will need:

  • Proof of pre-requisites check from British Canoeing.
  • A completed professional discussion task.
  • A record of your experience.

For candidates proceeding to assessment using coach training courses prior to January 2018 please see Appendix 1.

Advice transferring BC Coach AwardsBritish Canoeing advice for coaches transferring to the new Coach Awards.


When you contact British Canoeing prior to assessment the check in will reflect your difference in pre-requisites.

Sample Programme

  • Meet for introductions and paperwork
  • Venue and equipment familiarisation
  • Briefing on the outline of the day and expectations
  • Introduction and allocation of students
  • Run coaching sessions
  • Lunch
  • Personal skill check
  • Rescue skill check
  • Debriefs


We promise that...

  • We will be supportive and do our best to make sure you are as relaxed as possible.
  • We will assess you at the correct standard as stated in the syllabus,
  • We will make sure you fully understand what you need to do.
  • We will make sure that the assessment environment is at the right standard, eg a grade 2 river for 4 star canoe assessments.
  • We will give you as much time as possible to show what you can do.
  • We will take you through the assessment process in short steps that are clear and simple.
  • If the assessment involves leadership or coaching of others we will do our best to bring real students for you to coach or lead.
  • Our decisions will be made based solely on performance and not with any bias of any sort.
  • We will give you a clear action plan for development at the end of the assessment.
  • All our assessment team are encouraged to smile and give you a hug when you need it.


Route to 3 Star assessor

Assessing the British Canoeing 3 Star Award:
Upon completion of the endorsement, a British Canoeing Moderate Water Coach can register to become a 3 Star Assessor within their discipline (the discipline in which they hold the Moderate Water Endorsement).

Process to become a 3 Star Assessor:

  1. Be a British Canoeing Moderate Water coach
  2. Coach Update valid
  3. Get a 3 Star Assessor logbook from British Canoeing (Home Nation Association)
  4. Be registered as a 2 Star Assessor
  5. Provide date of last 2 Star Assessment
  6. Observe a minimum of one 3 Star Assessment
  7. Be signed off by an existing 3 Star Assessor
Course Dates

Dates to be arranged.


Registration with British Canoeing (see link below).

Coach Award e-Learning

Core Coach Training

White Water Canoe Coach Training (Moderate Water)

Moderate Water Canoe Leader Award (formerly 4 Star Leader).

Valid First Aid. (Minimum one day course within 3 years).

Child Protection Training

British Canoeing membership (see link below).

Age over 16

Prior to assessment you must contact British Canoeing via email or phone to check that all the pre-requisites are in place. They will issue proof via email and this must be brought to the assessment. 


British Canoeing Membership FormCourse Registration (CR) Form

How to Register Video

British Canoeing Membership FormBC Membership Form

British Canoeing Membership FormCoach Award Course Guide

British Canoeing Coach Assessment Day PackAssessment Day Pack

British Canoeing Coach Assessment GuidanceAssessment Guidance Notes

British Canoeing Assessment Discussion Task ExampleAssessment Discussion Task Example

Coach Award e-Learning

MWE Canoe Training

MWE Canoe
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