The Coach Award is for anyone that is keen to help others in their paddling skill development. It allows you to work through the scheme at your own pace, going straight to the award that you are interested in (e.g. if you happen to be a white water canoe leader, you can go straight to the white water canoe coach award, rather than having to work your way up via sheltered water first). Whichever pathway(s) you chose, you start with the core training (2 days) which introduces the concepts in coaching that are fundamental to all the disciplines. You can then go on to the discipline specific training course (a further 2 days) of your choice (or more than one if you are so inclined). Then after a period of development and consolidation you will be ready to go for your assessment day. The whole scheme is designed to be flexible and centred on you, and at Flying Gecko we will make sure that wherever you are on your coaching journey, we'll do our absolute best to support you; before, during and long after you have completed your course(s) with us. If you would like some help and guidance navigating your way around the options, do just get in touch, I'm always really happy to chat about coaching!
We currently offer the following coach award training and assessment courses:
Sheltered Water Canoe/Kayak
Canoe White Water
Canoe Open Water
Sheltered Water SUP
Open Water SUP
We can come to your club or centre to deliver these courses for you (just get in touch to arrange), or you can book onto one of my open courses, which I run in and around Leamington Spa.
All my open courses are £200 per person, apart from the combined canoe ww/ow one, which is £380.
Discount for booking core and discipline specific training together: £360 for both courses (or £550 for core and canoe ow/ww).
Open training courses coming up:
Core: September 23rd/24th, December 14th/15th
Sheltered Water Canoe/Kayak: October 13th/14th
Sheltered Water SUP: TBC - get in touch if you are interested
Open Water and WW Canoe: October 19th to 22nd (North Wales)
Open Water Canoe: November 21st/22nd (North Wales)
If you can't see dates that work for you, just get in touch - we may well be able to arrange a course to suit you, and then fill it.
I run assessments on a bespoke basis, to give you a really empowering and relaxed assessment. I'm happy to travel to a venue of your choice (or get in touch and we can decide on somewhere suitable). Assessments can be organised in any of the disciplines listed at the top of the page, for 1 or 2 candidates per day.
An assessment day costs £150 per person if there are 2 of you, or £240 for a single candidate. (this price applies assuming your chosen venue is within approx a 2.5 hour drive of Coventry, i.e. the Midlands, North/Mid Wales, Eastern Region, etc). I'm happy to travel further, but this may incur additional costs depending on how far I need to travel, and whether I can combine it with other courses in the area.
Just get in touch and we can start planning your assessment day together.
Feedback from recent coach course participants:
"You can tell you really believe in this stuff which helps immensely, to know it works and you use it in your own coaching"
"I highly recommend Jenna and Flying Gecko - my go to training provider."
"Very knowledgeable and approachable"
"The balance between time on the water and in the class room was perfect. It was obvious that you had carefully considered the best way to deliver the information we were receiving. You did great!"
"It was very easy to relate to what was discussed on the course"
"Jenna is a very calm, knowledgeable tutor with a very positive teaching style."
"Excellent delivery, engaging and very good at answering questions when raised"
"Excellent combination of class room theory and practical application bringing it to life."
"Really good, I would happily recommend Jenna's courses."
For all of the official information on the coach courses, have a look at the below links to the British Canoeing Awarding Body site. There's a lot to navigate, so if you want some help, or just don't really like reading 30+ page documents, just drop me a line!