Prac Water Based Lead & Coach
Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits
Semester 1 & 2
Organiser: Mrs Trys Burke
Overall aims and purpose
The outdoors is a wonderful and inspirational classroom; to lead, guide and coach people in this environment is a joy and a privilege. During year 2, students will learn how to lead safely and effectively in this ever changing and dynamic environment. You will learn to plan and risk assess with client's needs first and foremost in your mind. Using relevant coaching techniques and strategies, students will learn to profile their clients in order to create a safe paddlesport development program. Within a very small geographic area, North Wales provides the paddlesport coach with the possibility to coach on a mountain river in Snowdonia in the morning and then run a session surfing on the Anglesey coastline in the afternoon. From wild swimming in the Menai Straits, to coasteering off the West coast of Anglesey - you will experience how a leader changes their leadership style to suit such environments. Year 2 students can expect to learn to lead on moving water and towards the end of the year will be assessed by British Canoeing Assessors. Students will be assessed on how well they lead their own groups on the beautiful estuaries and waterways of Conwy and Porthmadog to coaching a group of beginners on the stunning Llyn Padarn at the foot of Snowdon.
Water based II, ensures that all students learn to apply sport scientific theory to their practical activities, ensuring they continue to thrive as an academic, both during their time as an undergraduate and beyond. Year 2 will focus on the further development of practical skills associated with canoeing and whitewater kayaking and introduce coasteering and wild swimming. Practical activity will be supported by classroom sessions aimed at developing awareness and understanding associated with safe and effective coaching or leadership in canoeing and kayaking. Skill development will focus on the competencies required to either lead and/or coach groups in inland and coastal environments. Participation in this module will require a commitment of time and effort by all participants in an outdoor, potentially hazardous environment.
Throughout this practical module there is the opportunity to gain nationally recognised governing body (British Canoeing) awards for personal performance and safety and rescue training, coaching and leadership. Please note that it is not expected that you will do all of the awards listed below, the certificates you choose will depend on whether you choose to work on personal development or coach development. If you choose personal development you will most likely complete one or more 3 Star Awards. If you choose coach development you will need to do the 2 Star, FSRT and register as a level 1 coach. If you already hold a 3 star you may like to consider higher level leadership awards.
It is not compulsory to do or purchase any of the British Canoeing certificates; some students do not intend to work in the outdoor sector and so do not need the qualifications. However, if you do wish to purchase certificate there is a charge required by British Canoeing and this will need to be paid by you. See below for the current fees and the dates you will need to pay them by:
- 2* certificate, £7 (£6* for BCU members) - as soon as standard is achieved
- 3* certificate(s), £25 each (£12.50*) - as soon as standard is achieved
- Paddlesport Instructor Award** (2 day course), £45 registration plus £10 course contribution - May
- Paddlesport Coach Core and Sheltered Water Training** (4 day course), £45 registration plus £20 course contribution - May
- Paddlesport Leader Award** (2 day course), £39 Registration plus £10 course contribution - May
*British Canoeing/Canoe Wales Membership is £45 per annum please call Val Ephraim the Administrator at Canoe Wales on 01678 521199 if you wish to become a member.
** Students will be able to do one of these as part of their 10 practical sessions and depending on what personal paddling skilll level they have reached. If they wish to do other coaching or leadership awards, dates are available in late May before the end of the semester course fees of £50 per day will be payable to Snowdonia Watersports in addition to the BC fees above.
Basic awareness and understanding associated with safe participation in canoeing and kayaking.
NB. To ensure learning outcomes are met and health and safety is maintained, practical sessions are compulsory. If you miss more than one practical session without genuine mitigating circumstances you will fail the module (due to not meeting the learning outcomes).
Good awareness and understanding associated with safe and effective coaching or leadership in canoeing and kayaking. Good understanding and appropriate decision-making in relation to safe and sustainable participation of others in these activities. Good assessment of the development needs of their own and others with regard to canoeing and kayaking activities.
Excellent awareness and understanding associated with safe and effective coaching or leadership in canoeing and kayaking. Excellent understanding and appropriate decision-making in relation to safe and sustainable participation of others in these activities. Excellent assessment of the development needs of their own and others with regard to canoeing and kayaking activities.
Participate capably and effectively, and contribute positively to the group, while canoeing and kayaking in inland and coastal environments.
Understand and apply appropriate decision-making in relation to safe and sustainable participation of others in these activities.
Accurately assess the development needs of their own and others with regard to canoeing and kayaking activities.
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Teaching and Learning Strategy
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Practical activity further developing personal skills in various inland and sea environments and begin to develop either leadership or coaching skills. Optional BCU and/or UKCC training and assessment opportunities are available both as part of the course and outside of these hours for those wishing to make the most of their time this year.
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Caring - Showing concern for others; caring for children, people with disabilities and/or the elderly
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- plan and design practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
- recognise and respond to moral, ethical, sustainability and safety issues that directly pertain to the context of study including relevant legislation and professional codes of conduct
- undertake fieldwork with continuous regard for safety and risk assessment.
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
- White Water Safety and Rescue: Franco Ferrero: ISBN:0-9547061-5-3
- BCU Canoe & Kayak Handbook: (Ed) Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9531956-51
- BCU Coaching Handbook (Ed) Franco Ferrero: ISBN: 0-9547061-6-1
- Canoe & Kayak Games Dave Russ & Loel Collins: ISBN:0-9550614-0-7
- Butler, R. J., & Hardy, L. (1992). The performance profile: Theory and application. The Sport Psychologist, 6(3), 253-264.
- Locke, E. A., & Latham, G. P. (1990). A theory of goal setting & task performance. Englewood Cliffs, NJ, US: Prentice-Hall, Inc.
- Fitts, P. M., & Posner, M. I. (1967). Human performance. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C611: BSc Adventure Sport Science year 2 (BSC/ASS)
- C602: BSC Sport Science (ODA) year 2 (BSC/SSOA)
- 2W68: BSc Sports Science (Outdoor Activities) (with Int Exp) year 2 (BSC/SSOIE)
- C612: MSci Adventure Sport Science year 2 (MSCI/ASS)
- C609: MSci Sport Science (Outdoor Activities) year 2 (MSCI/SSOA)