Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1)

Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1). A paddler concentrates on a stroke in difficult water.

The British Canoeing Awarding Body Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1) is designed to introduce methods and concepts that are aimed at learning how to optimise efficiency and effectiveness when preparing for a performance.

Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1) Overview

Minimum age

18 years


No prerequisites

Course Length

6 hours



Course Documents

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No registration required

This Module follows on from the Foundation Modules: Fitness for Paddlesports and Performance Planning for Paddlesport Coaches.

It explores physiological concepts and how they apply to paddlesport, the relationship between how our body creates energy for exercise and diet, and looking at how this may change for different population groups (child to the elite).

Participants will cover methods of profiling and look at how all of the above are linked and can be put into planning.

Finally, there are some take away tasks to put the new knowledge into action.

Course Structure and Content

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

  • Describe the different energy systems used by the body during exercise
  • Recognise energy systems used during various activities
  • Describe the principles of nutrition and its relationship to performance (before, during and after different types of activity)
  • Perform and devise individual paddler profiles

Delivered over 6 hours, this Module uses a workbook theme, providing participants with space to complete tasks, information to take away and notes pages.

The Module uses a variety of methods of interaction that include discussions, activity, demonstrations, small tasks and is an active learning environment.


Upon completion of this Intermediate Module, the course provider will submit successful participants for certification. Your Delivery Centre will then issue an attendance certificate.

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