British Canoeing offer a progressive set of Coaching qualifications – see the main website here
A new, canoe racing-specific course has just been developed at the “Coach Award” level, and will be rolled out during 2018. So if you’re interested in a racing-specific coaching qualification please contact Jim Taylor-Ross for a chat.
British Canoeing’s Talent Pathway team is offering Partnership grants to racing and slalom clubs, in the form of part-funded coaching positions.
The criteria can be found here, and clubs should note that the deadline for application is OCTOBER 23RD.
Please contact Mark Hoile of the Talent Pathway team with any questions.
During the season so far, a number of incidents have been drawn to the attention of the MRC relating to capsizes. These may have been through instability, or lack of skill, consideration or unnecessarily aggressive behaviour on part of other paddlers.
The MRC would like to remind all paddlers, team leaders and race organisers of the following points:
Continue reading “Safety and mutual responsibility in races”
The Elmbridge Handicap system is an extremely well-established way of benchmarking an individual’s performance level using one distance, and using it to predict their performance (and those of others) over other distances. The GB marathon team training group is using Handicap scores this winter as a way of helping athletes measure their current performance and set targets, but it can be applied to paddlers at all levels.
Click here for an Excel-based calculator, with instructions, that you can use to apply handicap scores to your own races or time trials.
The Environment Agency website has a flood warning page and a river levels page. Neither will tell you how fast the river is flowing but they are a useful guide to whether your skills and equipment are up to the conditions.
There is also a dedicated Thames page showing the flow and advice for boats – red boards will usually mean no paddling is permitted.