Stand up Paddleboarding has taken off in the last few years; I (Owen) wrote the original BC SUP module back in BC’s early involvement with SUP. More recently, as a member of the British Canoeing SUP Technical Committee, I have been really pleased to have been involved in putting together all the new BC SUP personal performance awards, and now the newly released SUP coach awards. Adventure Activities will be providing some of the first of these SUP coach awards.
Formal BC Press Release:
British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to announce four new Coach Award pathways for those looking to coach Stand Up Paddleboarding.
British Canoeing Awarding Body is pleased to share that we will be releasing four new Coach Award pathways for those looking to coach Stand Up Paddleboarding.
- Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Coach: An ideal award for anyone wanting a formal and regulated qualification coaching SUP in a sheltered water environment, introducing fundamental skills up to 200 metres from the bank and up to force 3 winds.
- Stand Up Paddleboard Open Water Coach: For anyone operating further afield and wanting to coach the relevant skills that the environment presents, then the Stand Up Paddleboard Open Water Coach could be the right choice. Operating up to 500 meters from the shore with winds up to force 4.
- Stand Up Paddleboard White Water Coach: The white water environment presents exciting challenges, for coaches working on SUP in this environment, developing skills, confidence and raising safety awareness. The qualification enables the coach to operate on grade 2(3).
- Stand Up Paddleboard Race Coach: This is an ideal qualification for anyone wanting a formal award that specifically concentrates on developing race skills on a SUP in open water environments. Both technical, tactical, physiological and psychological aspects are all part of this programme.
The new awards will be available in the summer of 2019 with full details being released on the website over the coming months. Provider details and the application process will be shared in April. The Orientation for Providers will take place in Nottingham on the 30th and 31st July and we would recommend potential Providers ‘save the date’.