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The Beaufort Scale

As we head into the realms of open water canoeing, keeping an eye on the wind and it's effects on our environment are incredibly important. In order to assess the wind and it's impact on open water and sea conditions, the Beaufort Scale is used.

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My Journey Through the Advanced Water Endorsement Scheme

So... my latest foray to Scotland saw me successfully complete my Advanced Water Endorsement assessment - I'm now an Advanced Water Endorsed UKCC Level 3 Kayak Coach in White Water - there is no higher award in the current BCU coaching scheme that is open to new applicants after the last of the Level 5 Training courses finished in 2011. There are only two of us in the UK at the time of writing that hold both of these qualifications so I guess you could say I'm one of the first of the new breed of top end coaches coming through.

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Summer 2013 Club Roadshow - West Midlands

Calling Clubs in the West Midlands area... I'll be running my summer club roadshow this year for the first time in the Midlands area. If your club would like to take advantage of a free evening of coaching from a UKCC Level 3 Coach then please get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can organise a suitable date.

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Understanding Student Needs and Objectives

Through delivering such a broad range of courses it's important for me as a coach to understand the needs and objectives of my students at the various stages in their learning. Why is this important? Well, for example, I may be running a White Water Skills Development Course in a grade 2/3 environment and, after a preliminary discussion with my students I find that I have one who has an objective to run grade 4 rivers in the French Alps next summer.

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My Journey Through the UKCC Level 3 Scheme

So...I'm now a UKCC Level 3 Kayak Coach - there is no higher award in the current BCU coaching scheme that is open to new applicants after the last of the Level 5 Training courses finished in 2011. So I guess you could say I'm one of the first of the new breed of top end coaches coming through.

I thought this blog would help those going through the process that I have been through to gain an understanding of what to expect and provide a point of reference to the key points that I picked up along the way... So I hope it's of use...

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Student Centric Coaching Approaches - Guided Discovery

As our students progress and become more autonomous, how as coaches, can we vary our approach to suit the needs and objectives of the student, session or a more long term programme?

Well you could start by employing more student led coaching approaches that will aid longer term learning. By this I mean we move away from a more “Command” style of approach, such as the IDEAS framework, and move towards a more student centric style such as Guided Discovery or Divergent approaches.

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