Coaching Levels

Coach Level 1, Kayak, Canoe, Placid Water

To control groups on "very sheltered water".

To introduce others to canoeing at a "taster" level only. This is not a suitable qualification for canoeing leaders of groups or clubs for whom canoeing is a main activity. For staff at centres it is suitable only for first session purposes and only when under the general supervision of a higher award holder.

A Level 1 Coach meets the H&SE recommendations to be in overall charge of a Canoe Club training session in a swimming pool (provided they also hold a suitable lifesaving award).

Kayak Coaches - may operate closed cockpit kayaks, open cockpit kayaks and open canoes.

Canoe Coaches - may only operate with canoes.

Placid Water Coaches - may operate in both open cockpit kayaks and canoes including canoes used for racing.

Level 1 Kayak Coach can test Rainbow Red Badge. Level 1 Coaches may examine for 1 Star Test in the discipline for which they hold the award.

Coach Level 2 Trainee

Trainee Level 2 Coaches may examine for 1 Star Test in the discipline for which they hold the award.

Coach Level 2, Canoe, Kayak

Level 2 Coaches may examine for the 1 and 2 Star Tests in the discipline for which they hold the coachingaward, for 1 star in other disciplines for which they hold the 2 Star Test, and 2 Star in other disciplines forwhich they hold the 3 Star Test.

Coach Level 3, Kayak, Canoe, Placid Water, Sea, Surf

Level 3 Coaches may examine for 1 Star in all disciplines, 2 and 3 Star in disciplines for which they hold the Level 3 Coach award and 2 Star in an alternative discipline for which they hold the 3 Star.

Level 3 is the minimum coaching qualification to become an A3 Assessor.

Coach Level 4, Kayak, Canoe, Placid Water, Sea, Surf

May be in charge in "Advanced" conditions.

For grade III inland water and above and very large lakes Level 4 Kayak or Canoe Coach is appropriate.

Level 4 Sea Coach is the correct award for expeditioning in Advanced sea conditions and a Level 4 Surf Coach should physically be in charge of a session in "Advanced Surf". Level 4 Coaches may examine the same Star Tests as Level 3 Coaches.

Level 4 is the minimum coaching qualification to be an A4 Assessor.

Level 5 Coach, Kayak, Canoe, Sea, Surf

Level 5 Coach Award identifies a group of competent, experienced, reliable, motivated coaches with a depth and wealth of knowledge, who can be relied upon to provide practical coaching, information and guidance up to a high level. Level 5 Coaches may supervise, canoeing and examine Star Tests as Level 4 Coaches.

Level 5 is the coaching qualification to be an A5 Assessor.

Assessor 1*

Can examine for 4 Star Test in the discipline for which they are an A1* for.

Canoe Safety Test Assessor

Can examine for Canoe Safety Test.