Open Canoe Discipline Specific Award

Open Canoe - Discipline Specific Award – 12 sessions

Tuesday, 30th April 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, 7th May 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, 14th May 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, 21st May 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, 28th May 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, 4th June 2019 at 6pm - 8:30pm
Location: WVCC Clubhouse Bungay Staithe + other locations TBD. Club Address & Location Map

Please read all the details below before registering to do the course.

The new British Canoeing Discipline Specific Awards are designed for paddlers who want to progress beyond sheltered water in their chosen discipline/craft.

Each discipline has three award levels.

Discipline Award (e.g. Canoe Award)
Progressive (e.g Progressive Canoe Award)
Advanced (e.g. Advanced Canoe Award)
The awards provide appropriate milestones and acknowledgement of personal skills, developing paddlers towards taking British Canoeing Coaching and Leadership qualifications.

If you already hold a British Canoeing 2 Star qualification and want to develop your skills in open canoes, this is the course for you.

The Course
The course comprises twelve sessions. Most will take place on Tuesday evenings at the Riverside Centre in Bungay. We appreciate participants arriving close to 6pm because they must be ready to get on the water by 6.30pm. Some sessions may take place at other times and elsewhere in the Norfolk Broads area – your coach will discuss these with you during the course.

Unless otherwise agreed with your coaches this 12 session course will begin on 30 April and finish in July 2019, as determined by your coach(es) in agreement with participants.

Participants should already have achieved a level of skill and experience equal to a British Canoeing 2 Star Award in open canoes. If you are not already competent paddling an open canoe on sheltered water, this course is not for you. Instead you should undertake our Paddle Discover or Paddle Explore course in an open canoe.

Participants may use their own equipment (boat, paddle, personal safety equipment etc.). Alternatively you can use the club’s boats, paddles, buoyancy aids and helmets. The club does not supply wet or dry suits, boots/shoes, cagoules or other clothing: so you need to come suitably dressed to go on the water in whatever weather conditions prevail.

Fees and Payment
The fee for this 12 week course is:-
£60 (£36:00 for students in full time education)

Achieving the Awards

The Discipline Specific Awards have been devised so that paddlers develop a sense of ownership for their personal development.

When a paddler feels they have achieved their goals, they need to ask their coach to advise them in finding an assessor with the requisite qualifications to assess them. At present WVCC does not have a coach who can undertake this assessment. There may be an additional cost in undertaking the assessment.

When an assessor considers the paddler to have achieved their target skills, knowledge and experience, for the Canoe Award, the assessor will register the paddler’s achievment (on-line) with British Canoeing.

The paddler can then claim the award by paying the fee (see below) to British Canoeing who will issue the paddler with the appropriate certificate.

Certification Fees for the Awards

The fees for 2019 are as follows:
The Discipline Specific Awards cost £20 each (BC members £10).

Further information and payment options are available from our Membership Secretary


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