Fundamental Paddlesports Skills

Fundamental Paddlesport Skills. A freestyle kayaker performs a move on the water.

This British Canoeing Awarding Body Fundamental Paddlesport Skills Foundation Module has been developed for paddling or non-paddling coaches working with paddlers in their first few years of paddling activity. The workshop can be tailored to suit coaches from Level 1 through to Level 5 from any discipline.

Fundamental Paddlesports Skills Overview

Minimum Age

Module open to all ages


No prerequisites

Course Length

3 hours – water-based



Course Documents

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No registration required

This workshop aims to help ensure that paddlers develop quality skills during their formative years by expanding coaches’ understanding about what is required to add quality to performance; observation skills and ability to use appropriate games, activities and practices to develop performance.

Course Content and Structure

By the end of this workshop, participants should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the four concepts that underpin quality paddlesport skills (active posture, connectivity, power and feel)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the four concepts through performance of a variety of discipline specific skills
  • Observe and evaluate performance in relation to the four concepts
  • Develop practices to improve observed areas of weakness

Participants should be prepared to participate in practical on-the-water activities as part of this course. The ‘Fundamental Paddlesport Skills’ Foundation Module is an attendance course and there is no formal assessment.


On completion of the ‘Fundamental Paddlesport Skills’ Foundation Module, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification. Your Delivery Centre will then issue an attendance certificate.

Find a Fundamental Paddlesports Skills Course

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