The coach development pathway takes coaches through a measured program to give them the skills and confidence to prepare individuals and teams from the introductory levels through to high performance and elite competition.  It begins with basic paddling skills and works through to advanced performance.

Foundation Coach

The foundation coach works with beginners and recreational paddlers to introduce the basic paddling skills common to all canoe/kayak disciplines.  Key discipline specific skills are also introduced.  Foundation accreditation is suited to coaches introducing paddlers at canoe clubs and in schools.

Course Description:

  • Foundation Coaching Course consists of one full day course.
  • Participants should expect approximately half a day in a semi classroom-style environment and half day on the water.
  • Participants must be prepared to put their skills into practice should come prepared for paddling sessions in both the morning and afternoon of the course.
  • Participants will be required to complete both on-line course pre-requisites prior to attending the coaching course and post-course requirements as outlined in Foundation Coaching Course – Accreditation Check-List Final.

Pre-Requisites prior to attending the coaching course

  • Satisfactory completion of the following Australian Sports Commission’s free online courses (each course takes approx. 3 hours to complete with an assessment at the end of each module) : –
    • Community Coaching General Principles Course – Register at https://learning.ausport.gov.au/.  Certificate of completion required.
    • Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course – Register at: https://learning.ausport.gov.au/.   Certificate of completion required.
    • Evidence of relevant basic canoe/kayak skills
        • Documentation required: – Basic Skills Award, evidence of involvement in canoeing as a competitive athlete, a current ACAS award, a current coaching certification in another canoeing discipline or
        • Completion of a basic skills assessment during  Foundation Coaching Course practical component.

What to bring to the course:

  • Your own lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
  • A notebook and pen(s).
  • Evidence of completion of the ‘Community Coaching General Principles Course’ and the ‘Play by the Rules – Child Protection Course’.
  • All your own canoeing gear including life-jacket, kayak and paddle for the practical on-water sessions, appropriate clothing for the weather, a warm, dry change of clothes and equipment that you would normally have with you when canoeing/kayaking.


Steven Rowland, Education and Recreation Officer;

On 07 3899 1667 or by email to qc.education@canoe.org.au


Foundation Coaching Course - Flatwater

Sandgate Canoe Club (Volunteer Marine Rescue), Allpass Avenue Shorncliffe
14 July, 2018
8:00am- 4:00pm
Discipline(s): Marathon,Sprint
Type of Event: Education
Level of Event: state
Host: Queensland