Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 2)

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The British Canoeing Awarding Body Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 2) is aimed at coaches, parents and paddlers who are interested in optimising fitness and performance in paddlesport, and who have previously completed Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1).

Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 2) Overview

Minimum age

18 years


Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1)

Course Length

6 hours



Course Documents

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While Part 1 looks at optimising performance through nutrition, Part 2 focuses on activity and the person doing the activity, linking how we create energy for exercise with activity.

This Module begins with learning about our body and understanding how it works, introducing the concept of proprioception, it then moves on to analysing the different methods of conditioning looking at relevant examples.

Warm ups, cool downs and stretching are all discussed, explained and critiqued as to when to use and not use.

Scenarios of common injuries are given and guidelines as to how to manage them and, more importantly, the prevention of them.

All of these concepts are then discussed as to how they fit into a medium or yearly plan to meet various goals.

Course Content and Structure

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

  • Describe to improve performance through various types of conditioning
  • Choose appropriate conditioning exercise to improve performance
  • Recognise how to prevent and manage injuries
  • Link conditioning and injury prevention/management with paddler profiling
  • Give examples of where to access more information on each of the areas

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. ‘Optimising Fitness and Performance for Paddlesport (Part 1)’ should be completed before Part 2 and a gap between modules factored in. We recommend a gap of about one month, although we recognise that this is not always possible.


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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