BADCC is fortunate to count 11 BCU qualified coaches amongst our members. BCU qualifications start at Level 1 (assistant coach) and run through to Level 5 (expert). Levels 1, 2 and 3 are aligned with the UK Coaching Certificate.
There are 7 level 1 and level 2 coaches in the Club, who are qualified to run taster sessions and short courses (typically up to six sessions). We have 4 level 3 coaches for white water kayak and 2 level 3 sea kayak coaches. Level 3 is a coach who has a degree of specialism and who is able to plan, implement and analyse long term development programmes. It is an appropriate level of coach for a person to be in charge of Paddlesport activities in a club or centre. We also have 2 level 4 white water kayak coaches who can provide training in advanced (grade 3 plus) environments.
BADCC supports its members in gaining new and additional coaching qualifications. At the starting level the Club provides training and assessment for BCU Star Awards, BCU Aquatic First Aid and the BCU Safety and Rescue Training, all of which are pre-requisites for level 1 and level 2 coaches. BADCC provides a subsidy on the cost of coach training courses and assessments. We are also aware of grants available through the BCU Southern Region, Hampshire County Council and Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council: contact the paddlesport development officer for more information.