ACTING AS A CLUB COACH
The club follows Canoe England policies and for coaches this includes the requirements to
- Be a paid up individual member of the British Canoe Union, probably via Canoe England (demonstrated by showing a membership card).
- Be an updated coach. The requirements are:
- have attended a first aid course within the last three years.
- have attended a Safeguarding and Protecting Children course or equivalent.
- have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check dated within the last three years, and
- be considered to be updated by the BCU by having attended some training within the last three years.
- It is also necessary for the coach to ensure that the BCU has all these certificates recorded on the BCU coaches database (demonstrated by forwarding these certificates to the BCU).
- Club Coaches accept the BCU Coaches Responsibilities
Volunteers provide the vast majority of the club’s coaching and leading for its members. The club appreciates the significant efforts put in by the volunteer coaches and leaders and provides limited financial support to its existing and prospective paddlers who are coaching / leading regularly for the club. For more details, see Coaches – Info.
A reminder of Coaches Procedures
- Coaches and leaders should consider whether they have the experience to lead the proposed paddling session or trip.
- Coaches and leaders should check that the paddlers have the necessary experience to undertake the paddling session or trip.
- Coaches and leaders should consider the BCU’s coaching ratios) and may take into account the known experience level of all the paddlers when deciding how many paddlers should be in the group.
- Coaches and leaders should check all paddling and safety kit visually on each paddling session or trip to ensure that it is fit for the paddle being undertaken. Any damage to club equipment should be reported to the Boatswain and a notice regarding the damage attached to the equipment.
- Coaches and leaders should ask the paddlers for details of any medical conditions that may be relevant.
- For paddling sessions based at the club the most senior coach or leader should ensure that they have access to the emergency contact details for club members which are located in the postbox in the racing end of the boat shed.
- For paddling trips away from the club the most senior coach or the leader should take emergency contact details for each member of the group. A list of emergency contact details can be obtained from the Secretary or Membership Secretary.
- If an incident occurs (including any use of any first aid kit) on a paddling session or trip the coach or leader should follow the Emergency Procedures.
- Coaches and leaders should ensure that they have the appropriate discipline specific experience for their paddling sessions.
- Coaches and leaders should advise a land based contact of the trip that is to be paddled and the expected time off the water. It is important to send revised information if the trip is changed. The coach or leader should advise the contact what action to take if the group does not report back by an allotted time.
Coaches need to take appropriate equipment for all trips and sessions. The club provides site specific training for all its coaches and leaders and in addition, level 1 coaches are provided with site specific training related to the paddling conditions of the river and canal. See Coaches – Info for details.
Go Canoeing Events
Go canoeing events take place on grade 1 water as described in the BCU Water Classification and Coaching Ratios and follow the same procedures as for introductory courses. BCU forms need to be filled out for these events. Resources and forms can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or from the club secretary. Completed forms should be passed to the Membership Secretary. The Event Officials Poster listing the event organiser (or first point of contact), the duty first aider and the event welfare officer should be printed and filled in. If the event is to be held at a location other than the club house the first aid kit should be carried by the duty first aider.