The Canoe England Coach Update scheme provides a service whereby Canoe England recognises your qualifications as valid and updated.
The benefits of this scheme include:
- Evidence for deployers, or customers that you are qualified and updated
- Your name being included on our register of qualified and updated coaches
- You can vote at Regional or Local Coaching Organiser elections
- You can run BCU Tests and Awards, for example the Star Awards
The concept of coach update is based on the BCU Coaching Service actively providing opportunities for personal development and encouraging all coaches to keep up to date with developments in our sport and indeed in general Sports coaching.
Further to this, with sport and sports coaching receiving an increasingly public profile with moral, ethical, and social commitments, it is important that we can account for and verify the status of all coaches within the scheme.
There are three things you need to have to meet the update requirements:
1. Have a valid first aid certificate
All Coaches (except UKCC Level 1) need a first aid certificate recorded on their Canoe England membership record.
This needs to be six hours training including CPR/EAV for Level 1 Coaches (With additional Remit), and for Level 2 coaches and above eight hours including CPR/EAV is required.
A list of acceptable first aid awards is published on http://www.bcu.org.uk/coaching/first-aid
Please make sure your record is complete and up to date - Coaches must send updated first aid certificates to the BCU!
East Midlands First aid courses
2. Hold Full Comprehensive Membership of Canoe England
3. Be up-to-date with current best practice
There are three ways in which you can evidence this (each being valid for a period of three years):
i. Attend a Coach Update Event
These events are run throughout the East Midlands region aiming to provide quality learning support for coaches through the provision of appropriate learning systems, structures, resources, products and services.
ii. Complete a Self-Assessment Form
The self-assessment form provides you with an opportunity to evidence your coaching activity and any continual professional development that you may have completed during the three-year update cycle.
iii. Achieve a BCU Coaching or Leadership Qualification
The completion of a new Coaching or Leadership qualification extends Coaches update status by a further three years.
Most BCU Coaching and Leadership awards that are 2 days or more count.