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BCU Foundation Modules

Foundation Modules

Choose from the six listed below

BCU Fitness for Paddlesports

Course Dates –

coming soon

Cost – £30 Course Fee plus BCU Certification Fee (£5 members, £10 non members)

BACKGROUND / AIMS:

This module is designed to introduce racing and recreational paddlers to the key concepts of fitness for canoe sport – training, nutrition and physiology (TNP). It is intended as a standalone module such that paddlers and coaches can attend with no prior knowledge of sports science should be able to attend and access all the delivered material. The terminology used by deliverers should be based around maximising access for all participants.
LEARNING OUTCOMES:
By the end of this module participants should be able to:
• Provide the details of a normal balanced diet
• Explain the links between diet and performance
• Discuss conditioning training for their canoesport discipline(s)
• Identify the benefits of strength training for canoe and kayak
• Describe the reasons behind planning for and regularly monitoring a
fitness programme for a paddler.

BCU Coaching the Mind, Foundation Module

This is ideal for Level 1 and 2 Coaches and anyone following a CPD programme in Paddlesport.
3 hours

Course Dates –

coming soon

Cost – £30 Course Fee plus BCU Certification Fee (£5 members, £10 non members).

Come and join us for this BCU Foundation Module. During this course you will learn practical ways to use sports psychology within your coaching and to improve your own paddling.

The course counts as a pre-requisite for those going to their BCU/UKCC Level 2 coach assessment.

BACKGROUND / AIMS:

To introduce paddlers to the role of mental skills in paddlesport development and performance and to relate the area of mental skills training to coaching and paddler development and provide some working definitions.
• Introduce the concept of mental skills training to coaches in the

paddlesport environment.
• Introduce the basic concepts of imagery training
• Introduce the basic concepts of concentration training and styles.
• Introduce the basic concepts of optimal arousal and arousal control
strategies.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this module participants should be able to:
• Paddlers should understand the place and value of mental skills training in
paddlesport
• Paddlers should understand processes and practices necessary to develop
mental skills
• Describe applications of imagery in paddlesport training and performance
arenas.
• Understand multi sensory nature of imagery & internal/external
perspectives
• Experience exercises in imagery training.
• Understand the various styles of attentional focus and the appropriateness
to paddlesport situations.
• Experience exercises in concentration training.
• Understand the concept of optimal arousal and its application within
paddlesport.
• Explore strategies for lowering arousal and practice a basic relaxation
technique.
• Explore strategies for raising arousal and practice a basic ‘psyching up’
technique

Coaching Young Paddlers Foundation Module

LEVEL

Ideal for Level 1 and 2 coaches – 3 hours

Course Dates –

coming soon

Cost – £30 Course Fee plus BCU Certification Fee (£5 members, £10 non members)

BACKGROUND / AIMS

This module has been introduced in recognition of the hundreds of thousands of young people who are instructed by BCU coaches every year and the importance of providing the best support and help to meet their needs. It is designed to help coaches who may work with young people, whether it’s their very first experience or for those aiming at Olympic success. It aims to help coaches deliver sessions in a way that meet young paddlers needs, so that they want to come back for more and that they help young paddlers to be the best they can be, whatever their ability or aspirations.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

• Describe the benefits of adapting practice and behaviour to meet the needs of young people
• Plan and deliver coaching sessions to maximize learning and enjoyment
• Recognise young peoples needs based on their physical, social and psychological development
• Recognise the diversity of Paddlesport and the benefits to young people
• List the BCU, SCA, WCA youth initiatives and have discussed methods and issues relating to implementation at their club/centre
• Apply good practice when coaching young people

BCU Performance Planning for Paddlesport Coaches, Foundation Module

Course Dates –

coming soon

Cost – £30 Course Fee plus BCU Certification Fee (£5 members, £10 non members).

FOUNDATION LEVEL / TIME:
This course is ideal for Level 1, 2 or 3 coaches wishing to develop their ability to improve a performers development be it for club development or CPD purposes. 3 Hours.
BACKGROUND:
This CPD module gives you the tools to profile and plan a development programme for yourself or another paddler.  It is suitable for recreational and competitive paddlers, and especially relevant for BCU/UKCC coaches.  This module counts as a pre-requisite for a BCU/UKCC Level 2 Assessment.  The content is designed for use by all types of paddlers –  its use could be based on a future holiday trip for which fitness is an issue, a first attempt at a slalom event or the Exe decent or it may be that the jump to the next class of water needs a stronger mental attitude which at the moment is lacking. The detail will be closely aligned to chapters 2 and 18 of the coaching handbook.
AIMS/OBJECTIVES:
At the conclusion of this module coaches should understand:
• How to profile an activity
• How to profile a canoeist or kayaker
• Periodisation and its application in improving performance
• Some of the age and gender issues when improving performers
• The key issue of prioritisation or targeting weakness’s

Mentoring for Paddlesport Coaches Foundation Module

Course Dates-

coming soon

LEVEL

This course is ideal for Level 1, 2 or 3 coaches wishing to develop mentoring skills for club or CPD
purposes.
3 hours

INTRODUCTION:

The module intends to equip coaches with a definition of modern mentoring.
Identifying its principles, elements of best practice and the vocabulary which
current mentor education embraces.

AIMS/OBJECTIVES:

At the end of the module coaches should understand:
• Mentoring is a skill and therefore can be learnt
• Effective mentoring has a process with a definite form
• There are rewards and challenges when taking on the role of the mentor
• The need to identify a clear vocabulary for accurate mentoring
• Where in their own coaching relationships could they explore practical
opportunities to develop their mentoring skills

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Becoming a mentor is challenging and rewarding in equal measures. It is
challenging because you are actively involved in the professional development of
the coach and the long term improvement of paddlesport coaching.
There is therefore a responsibility to be as knowledgeable and enthusiastic about
recent developments in coaching and coach education. It is rewarding because
as a mentor you will have opportunities to articulate your own perspective,
views and beliefs about coaching to another coach effectively reflecting on your
own thinking and practice.
As the mentor to another coach you will inevitably become involved with their
delivery of coaching, touching along the way on personal and professional
activities associated with the coaches development.
This interaction will stimulate your own understanding of coaching, bringing
professional activity and debate into the process. In conclusion there is a profit
for both parties engaged in a mentoring process and it should be appreciated
that this is an exciting and demanding context in which a coach can develop
professionally.

Outdoor Education and Paddlesport Foundation Module

Course Dates-

coming soon

Course fee £30 plus BCU Certification Fee of £5 for members or £10 for non-members.

LEVEL

This course is ideal for Level 1 and 2 coaches – 3 hours

BACKGROUND / AIMS:

What is Coaching in the outdoors ? Many definitions exist but general agreement
within research and literature suggest that outdoor education is:
Education in the outdoors, Education for the outdoors and the Use of resources
outdoors to meet educational goals.
This module is designed to introduce Paddlesport Coaches to the key concepts of
Paddlesport Coaching in the outdoors.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

• To consider the role of paddlesport in outdoor education
• To appreciate the importance of current research to support our work as
coaches
• To raise the importance of setting clear outcomes to meet our goals in
outdoor education
• To identify how we might categorise goals so that we can develop better
strategies to meet them
• To develop your own ways forward to incorporate the key ideas form this
presentation into paddlesport coaching relating to the individual, group or
environment

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